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Safety and Responsibility Programs for Adolescent Sex Offenders and Adolescents with Sexual Behavior Issues

The Joseph J. Peters Institute provides specialized services for adolescents with sexual behavioral problems, including charges or conviction of a sexual offense.

The clinicians at the Joseph J Peters Institute are skilled at providing specialized treatment to adolescents with sexual behavior problems and their families. A strong partnership with the individual, family, and Family Court/Juvenile Probation (when involved) is central to our program. Our ultimate goal is to help these adolescents live safe and healthy lives.

The Institute evaluates and treats adolescents who have engaged in sexually inappropriate or abusive behaviors. We use evidence-based and informed treatments and best practices as supported by the Association of Treatment of Sexual Abusers standards.

Our approach is strength-based and holistic, examining support systems, incorporating relapse prevention, enhancing protective factors and providing ongoing risk assessment and safety planning.

Our multi-disciplinary team conducts a comprehensive evaluation including a psychosexual risk assessment. This initiates the treatment process followed by treatment modalities using Cognitive Behavioral and Supportive InterventionsCognitive 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., psycho education and psychiatric support. Individual Therapy Individual Therapy Individual therapy is utilized to target specific goals and support attitudinal and behavioral change, Group Therapy Group Therapy
Targeted group therapy services for:
Youth with sexual behavioral issues
Adults with sexual behavioral issues
Adult offenders
Batterers of intimate partner violence
modalities are also used.

 

Adolescent Partial Hospital Program

The Joseph J. Peters Institute recognizes that some youth who present with sexual behavior problems are also presenting other social and/or emotional problems and require greater support than is available through traditional outpatient treatment. Such youth may be truant from school, suffer more persistent psychiatric conditions, or have other problems that interfere with them benefiting from traditional outpatient therapies.

For youth (12 to 21 years old) with sexual behavior problems and various social, emotional and behavioral issues, the Institute provides a partial hospitalization program. Some of the other problems include: chronic truancy, drug and alcohol issues, parent/child conflict, conduct/antisocial behaviors, failing in school, violating probation, and/or violating curfew, Autism Spectrum disorders, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, intermittent explosive disorders, etc.

An individual’s length of stay is determined based upon behavioral history, previous placement history, and/or first time offense history. Each person in our program receives individual therapy from a Master’s level therapist weekly.

The Institute provides three hours of academic instruction daily, by two full-time Pennsylvania certified special education teachers and one teacher’s aide, following curriculum approved by the Philadelphia School District. The team meets quarterly with the school district to ensure that participant current individual education plans (IEP) are being followed and to develop new IEPs as needed.

At the Institute, individual therapists use Cognitive Behavioral and Supportive InterventionsCognitive 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 persons difficulties, ultimately changing the way he or she feels and experiences the world. to reduce and extinguish sexual misconduct and to help individuals build healthy and productive lives.

Additionally, we provide monthly or bi-monthly family sessions to share treatment updates, discuss problem areas in the home and partner with family members to enhance treatment.

Our team ensures that families are educated on the group modules and play a vital role in helping the participant develop a relapse prevention and safety plan.

Participants receive Cognitive Behavioral and Supportive InterventionsCognitive 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 persons difficulties, ultimately changing the way he or she feels and experiences the world. focused Group Therapy. Group therapy modules are focused on relapse prevention, safety planning, creative therapy, psychotherapy, life skills, behavior/anger management, healthy sexuality, bullying, health, and drug and alcohol awareness.

Art, music and movement therapy are incorporated into the curriculum throughout the year depending on the need.