Juvenile Sex Offender and Sexually Abusive Behavior Treatment Program
To increase community awareness and safety through the provision of evidence based mental health treatment to youth adjudicated as juvenile sex offenders or youth who exhibit sexually abusive behaviors.
Mode of Treatment/Program Description:
HFK/CFS is certified by the State of Ohio Department of Youth Services to provide Assessment, Treatment, and Transition Services to youth who are registered sexual offenders or exhibiting sexually abusive behavior as defined by Ohio Revised Code. Sexually reactive kids often are victims of sexual abuse themselves. This special population needs our help.
The Juvenile Sex Offender(JSO)/Sexually Abusive Behavior(SAB) Treatment Program at HFK/CFS is a 6 phase program utilizing cognitive behavioral strategies in order to assist participants in reconciling issues attached to sexual trauma they may have experienced and sexually abusive behaviors they may have perpetrated.
Motivational Enhancement Therapy serves as a treatment construct to assist clients on the road to recovery.
Treatment takes on a multi systemic approach from day one, with treatment providers carefully corresponding and gathering pertinent information from the juvenile court, the children services board, previous and current mental health providers, and the participants’ family. Participants are engaged in group therapy, individual therapy, and case management (CPST Services) upon entering the program which takes approximately 18 months to complete. JSO CPST and Therapists have completed a Juvenile Sex Offender Counselor Certification Program and attend continued education trainings on juvenile sex offender treatment.
The focus of Individual Therapy is to create an avenue in which the participant examines processes and redefines shame and guilt, which are often the biggest hurdles in sex offender treatment. Individual therapy provides the participant with coping skills necessary to lead a healthy life, assists the participant in restructuring negative thought processes and behavior patterns, and provides an outline for the successful completion of phase work.
Group Therapy is structured to provide participants with the opportunity to share new initiatives in honor, confront personally destructive behaviors, learn healthy responses to difficult interpersonal situations, and receive support for successful initiatives. Group Therapy is open in structure and allows for participants to present their phase work in a forum that provides supportive and constructive feedback. Group Therapy is normally co-facilitated and should not exceed 10 members, ages 14-18 or older in the case of clients who are developmentally delayed and in the care of the state of Ohio. Group includes participants at various levels of their step work. Acceptance into group, as into the program takes into account the group members’ age, developmental level, individual risk factors, and sexual behavior patterns.
The group for clients with Sexually Reactive Behaviors will consist of no more than 10 members ages 6-9 and 10-13. The groups will be gender specific for males and female youth who have been determined to be Juvenile Sex Offenders or who have been determined to be demonstrating sexually reactive behaviors. A male and female professional will be engaged in a facilitator role. The enrollment into group will not be determined by any one criterion, and accommodations will be made for each individual participant based on developmental level. The groups will utilize both behavioral and cognitive behavioral strategies of treatment, as well as expressive and other modes of treatment.
The focus of Case Management is to coordinate all of the services received by the participant. The case manager reinforces education and the implementation of coping skills that occur in both individual and group therapies. Case Management serves as the conduit between the therapist, various systems, and the family unit. The case manager provides education to the family, conducts family meetings, reinforces the parents’ role as primary caretaker of the participant, manages the client’s transition/pre-release planning, and monitors the client’s compliance with the transition plan.
As Community Safety is paramount to successful treatment, a participant’s initial interaction with the program is very intensive in order to insure that Community Safety is achieved. Upon entering the program, clients will attend individual sessions twice weekly for one hour and group one time a week for one and one half hours for the first several months of the program. The clients step down in frequency of services as they demonstrate treatment progress until they have completed all the phase work necessary to be considered a participant in aftercare during which relapse prevention skills will be enhanced.
Youth who are wards of the State of Ohio and have been placed into the care of a county protective services agency shall enter into Homes For Kids Treatment Foster Care and be placed in a Sex Offender Specific Home. In those homes the youth will be monitored by a Treatment Foster Care Provider who has gone through Sexual Offender Specific Training on topics including but not limited to: education on the treatment process and stages of treatment, the cycle of Sexual Abuse, SORN requirements and issues specific to children with sexually aggressive behaviors and children who have been victims of sexually aggressive behaviors.