Sex Offender Treatment




NOTE: Because we have worked successfully with sex offenders for over 20 years, we will consider youth who are subject to current sex offender reporting laws. While the reporting requirements may demand extra work, we believe it is vitally important that our treatment of sex offenders continue for the protection of society.



TEACHING-FAMILY TREATMENT COMPONENTS

    The sex offender treatment (SOT) program is a part of the Ohio Teaching-Family Association (OT-FA) treatment program.  While they are supported by other professional staff, the primary therapeutic agents in the Teaching-Family Model are the professional Teaching-Parents, who live with their foster children.

    The OT-FA program offers variable degrees of treatment intensity and supervision intensity and this flexibility enables us to offer a continuum of care.  The Teaching-Family Model of community-based residential treatment incorporates systematic motivation systems designed to teach new skills and shape new behavior using positive reinforcement and mild aversive consequences related to target behaviors.  The Model also stresses teaching of social, academic, and independent living skills.

    The general goal of the program is to provide learning opportunities to prepare youth to be productive, responsible, self-controlled citizens.  The self-government system and youth manger systems teach participatory democracy and interpersonal management skills. The sex offender treatment program is one important facet of the OT-FA treatment program.
 


WAIVER OF CONFIDENTIALITY

    In order to protect the community from offending, there are occasions when it is necessary for Teaching-Parents, counselors, treatment staff, and administrators to report dangerous or potentially dangerous situations to others. We require that youth, parents, and custodians of youth to sign a release of confidentiality in recognition of our responsibility to protect the community.
 


ASSESSMENT

    A comprehensive sex offender assessment has usually been made by court personnel and by placing agencies prior to placement. On those occasions when an assessment is required, OT-FA personnel can make a sex offender assessment or assessments related to other treatment issues. We contract for unique services with licensed professionals. All youth have access to psychiatric consultation and most youth placed with OT-FA are assessed by our consulting psychiatrist at no additional cost to placing agencies.
 


EDUCATIONAL CURRICULUM

    The educational curriculum used in the OT-FA Sex Offender Treatment (SOT) program consists of specific components recognized to be essential to treatment.
 


WEEKLY GROUP SESSIONS

    Group counseling and education sessions are an integral part of the OT-FA treatment program. Weekly group sessions address the SOT curriculum and other topics such as relapse prevention in independent living, anger management, relapse prevention, relationship development, problem solving, negotiating interpersonal differences, decision making, values clarification, ethics and morals, cognitive restructuring, teaching basic social skills, empathy, and other curriculum topics.

 

INDIVIDUAL COUNSELING RELATED TO INDIVIDUAL SERVICE PLANS

    Each youth in OT-FA participates in individual counseling with a licensed social worker or counselor. These sessions are designed to deal with the unique facets of the youth’s Service Plan.
 


FAMILY AND VICTIM SUPPORT SERVICES

    When it is a part of the Service Plan, OT-FA provides a comprehensive array of treatment services for the families and children of youth placed with us. These services are usually at no extra cost to the placing agencies.

 

PROGRAM COMPLETION CRITERIA

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