Restoring hope with dignity

Our Treatments

The Joseph J. Peters Institute leads the region in offering evidence-based treatments for those suffering the effects of sexual abuse, personal violence or other types of trauma at our Broad Street location. The Institute also provides evidence-based treatments to individuals with a history of sexual misconduct, sexual offending or perpetrating interpersonal violence. These services are provided at our Chestnut Street location.

The Institute recognizes that people seeking our services come from diverse populations and backgrounds, and have varied treatment needs. Respect for the individual and support to initiate recovery and reestablish hope in their lives is central to our work

Our recovery plans are individualized and built to meet the specific needs of those we treat. At the Institute, we recognize the critical importance of the relationship between the clinician and the individual working to heal. The trust created within that relationship is the cornerstone of recovery.

Using any combination of the treatment types below, we work to create an environment where individuals feel emotionally safe, trusted and respected.

Survivors

Cognitive Behavior Therapy

Cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) is an evidence-based practice that helps address distortions in thinking to alleviate depression and anxiety. The treatment takes a hands-on, practical approach to problem solving. Its goal is to change patterns of thinking or behavior that are at the root of a person’s difficulties, ultimately changing the way he or she feels and experiences the world.

Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy

Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT) is an evidence-based treatment specifically developed for children and adolescents suffering from the effects of trauma. It builds on the strengths of the child and caregiver through counseling and learning, among other interventions, to reduce the symptoms related to trauma. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) recognize this treatment for its efficacy.

Group/Individual/Family Therapies

Group Therapy

Targeted group therapy services for:

  • Male survivors
  • Female survivors
  • LGBTQ survivors
  • Transgendered survivors
  • Youth with sexual behavioral problems
  • Adults with sexual behavioral problems
  • Adult offenders
  • Batterers of intimate partner violence

Individual Therapy

Individual therapy is used at the Institute to support individuals in recovery as they pursue specific goals.

Family Therapy

Family therapy is an integral part of our child adolescent services. Family therapy is also used with adults as appropriate.

Prolonged Exposure

Prolonged exposure (PE) therapy is an evidence-based practice used with adult survivors of trauma. This treatment has been studied and found to be effective in reducing suffering caused by trauma, and allowing individuals to obtain relief. PE is possible through the trusting relationship between those suffering from trauma and their clinicians. The treatment is designed to help those suffering from Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) revisit the traumatic event(s) at their own pace and facilitate a process of memories, thoughts and beliefs. As our doctors and therapists work closely with those they are treating, suffering is eliminated and individuals are able to rebuild their lives.

Offenders

Cognitive Behavior Therapy

Cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) is an evidence-based practice that helps address distortions in thinking to change dysfunctional beliefs and attitudes that underlie offending behaviors. The treatment takes a hands-on, practical approach to problem solving. Its goal is to change patterns of thinking, beliefs and behavior that are at the root of a person’s difficulties, ultimately changing the way he or she manages their lives.

Group/Individual/Family Therapies

Group Therapy

Targeted group therapy services for:

  • Youth with sexual behavioral issues
  • Adults with sexual behavioral issues
  • Adult offenders
  • Batterers of intimate partner violence

Individual Therapy

Individual therapy is utilized to target specific goals and support attitudinal and behavioral change.

Duluth Model of Domestic Violence Intervention Services

The Duluth Model is an evidenced-base treatment for interpersonal batterers. The model disassembles distorted thinking by building alternative, healthier beliefs and attitudes. This treatment involves group therapy, co-led by male and female therapists, focuses on full disclosure of the offense, with a client taking full responsibility for his or her actions, identifying patterns and learning to replace abusive behaviors with respectful ones.