(SEXUALLY MALADAPTIVE ADOLESCENTS IN RESIDENTIAL TREATMENT)
Moderate-High Risk; Staff Secure; SMY Licensed Designation; Male
TARGET POPULATION: AGES 11-18
[Staff Ratio 1:4]
Youth who have at least one victim
Are moderate to high risk to re-offend
May be stepping down from a more restrictive sexually maladaptive treatment program (i.e., private secure)
At least low average cognitive ability
Score as moderate to high risk on the sexual risk assessment
The SMART program is designed to provide a high level of safety, supervision and structure while addressing the specific treatment needs of these adolescents who demonstrate sexually maladaptive behaviors. Youth admitted into the program will undergo psychosexual and psychosocial assessments to help identify the likelihood of future sexually maladaptive behaviors, develop clinical conceptualization to aid in treatment planning, and assess their willingness to engage in the treatment process. Clinical polygraphs may also be utilized to help the client take responsibility for his sexual offenses.
A comprehensive structured curriculum provides best practice programming by addressing the developmental, psychological, social and behavioral variables of the individual that may have led to his sexually maladaptive behaviors. The SMART program focuses on teaching residents how to identify and avoid triggers and break the sexual relapse cycle, while improving social skills and boundaries. To enhance security, motion detectors and numerous cameras have been installed in the cottage, and staff are required to document the youth’s location every 5 minutes. Safety plans are established using a network of family members, friends, teachers, coaches and other community members or professionals, to help ensure adequate supervision at all times, including school, home and off-grounds activities. Where appropriate, staff in this program have been certified to work with this population through the Indiana Association of Juvenile Sex Offender Professionals (INAJSOP).