The Sexual Offenders Treatment Program was established in 1996 following a significant increase in referrals related to sexual offenses. It is one of several specialized treatment programs at St. Mary’s.
Boys in this program have been victims of sexual abuse or exposed to inappropriate, frequently aberrant sexual experiences. Some boys are abusers themselves, with the potential to become pedophiles, rapists, sadists, or abusers of their own children.
In addition to the general criteria for admission to St. Mary’s, boys accepted for the Sexual Offenders Treatment Program must have adjudicated offenses. Physiological assessment, polygraph and treatment consent forms must be signed by the youth and his guardian prior to admission.
Boys in this program have faulty sexual beliefs and sexual distortions, and often have bizarre perceptions of sexuality. They have acquired layers of defense and have no desire to correct existing personality patterns or develop appropriate lifestyles.
Our twelve-to-eighteen month treatment program focuses on the moral, emotional, intellectual, and physical development of these young male offenders directing them toward a healthy, mature understanding of their sexuality.
Individual Treatment Plan
Our skilled therapists work with each boy to design his individual treatment plan. Individual, group, and family therapy provide the framework for the treatment plan.
Each boy spends 3 to 5 hours a week in individual and group therapy. Therapists use cognitive/behavioral principles to reduce or eliminate sexual excesses and teach or enhance appropriate behaviors. Boys become aware of their excesses, deficits and develop compensatory skills for appropriate decision making.
Group therapy helps the boys take responsibility for their past behavior, develop appropriate new behaviors, and re-enter the community as mature, healthy people. Each boy participates in group therapy 3 to 5 hours a week, learning about:
- Effective communication skills
- Anger management
- Characteristics of the sexual offender
- Human sexual response
- Choosing friends
- Meeting girls
- Dating skills
- Caring relationships
- Relapse prevention
We use state of the art, computerized physiologic assessment tools to monitor a boy’s responses to audio/visual inputs. We assure client safety at all times by monitoring living and sleeping areas with sophisticated instruments. We contract for independent polygraphers to assist in monitoring the boy’s honesty in treatment.
Therapists evaluate each boy throughout his treatment, and prepare written evaluations and recommendations upon completion of our program.