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EVIDENCE BASED APPROACH
HELP FOR "AT RISK " CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS
COURT APPROVED TREATMENT PROTOCOL
The primary goal of all sexual-offense-specific treatment should be to keep communities safe and to prevent further victimization of others. The rights and needs of victims and survivors of sexual trauma should precede any other goals in therapy. With this in mind, empirically-based methods and approaches are used to help children and adolescents to remain in the community, while addressing specific treatment goals to reduce the risk of sexually inappropriate behavior. Those goals may include, increasing appropriate social and interpersonal skills, reducing anxiety, cognitive distortions or depression, increasing behavioral compliance and pro social behavior, decreasing conduct-related behaviors, improving self awareness and decision-making skills, or addressing past traumas that have occurred in the child's own life.
Treatment is applied with compassion and empathy, yet is directive, and seeks to hold individuals accountable for their own behaviors. Young people with sexual behavior problems, poor sexual boundaries, and/or sexual offense histories often face embarrassment, rejection, anger, and hatred from others- making it difficult to admit their problems. Those who are brave enough to admit to their mistakes, and participate in psychotherapy deserve support and understanding. With specialized treatment, there is hope that young people can, and will change their behavior in order to become responsible and healthy citizens in our society. --