Treatment Program for Adolescents with Problematic Sexual Behavior
This specially designed program has been established for the treatment of adolescents. Caregiver participation in the program is required.
When: Every Tuesday group sessions take place at 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm (This includes Adolescent and Caretaker Groups) Where: Crown Counseling 1308 North Main St. Crown Point, IN. 46307 Cost: Free This project is supported by Grant 2020- mc-fx-k033 awarded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Office of Justice (OJJDP) Programs, U.S. Department of Justice.
For further information about the program, contact Maria Alvarado MS., LMHC, NCC, CSAYC at 219-663-6353.
Eligibility: • Teens ages 13 - 18 • Court ordered to attend treatment with caregiver; or, self-referred • Have oversight by the court • Capable of participation in productive group discussions • Have a caregiver available to participate in weekly group sessions • Have adequate supervision to remain in the community during outpatient treatment
Clinicians: Jacob Biancardi, MS., LMHC, CSAYC Lori Utesch, MS., MHC LaRia Crews, LSW Naomi Knoerzer, MS., LMHC, CSOT Maria Alvarado, MS., LMHC, CSAYC
Group Treatment Requirements
1. Group (Adolescent and Caretaker) treatment program meets weekly on Tuesdays from 6:30 – 8:00 pm. 2. Caretaker(s) are required to participate in 12 months of weekly treatment sessions to be eligible for successful graduation. 3. Treatment may be extended beyond 1 year for youth with ongoing problematic behavior. 4. Adolescents who have previously completed specialized treatment for problematic sexual behavior prior to entering this treatment program may be eligible for the 6 month treatment. 5. Group members will participate in group activities such as written activities, group discussions, combined activities with caregivers, and attending guest presentations. 6. Topics covered in the group include: • Psychoeducation on what is legal and appropriate sexual behavior • Healthy sexual decision-making • How to improve family communication • Developing and maintaining safe and healthy social relationships • Understanding and managing feelings, and • Managing and reducing stress 7. If warranted, additional individual and/or family therapy may be offered to support teens and families. Some examples include helping teens heal from trauma, assisting with managing depression and/or anxiety, or improving the family relationships.
Caregiver Involvement 1. Caregiver involvement is a required and essential feature of the treatment program; caregivers are required to attend group sessions every week. 2. The Caregiver’s Group meets weekly at the same time as the Adolescent Group. This group assists caregivers in managing their adolescent’s problematic behavior through in-depth discussions and educational activities. 3. Topics discussed in the caregiver/adolescent joint sessions include: • Guiding and supporting adolescents in developing safe and healthy sexual values and behaviors • Developmentally appropriate supervision and monitoring of adolescents • Enhancing overall communication of caregiver and adolescents
Frequently Asked Questions
What if my teen denies engaging in problematic sexual behavior?
ANSWER: It is not uncommon for teens to deny this type of behaviors out of fear of worrying about what would be said about them, family or friends judging them, or the repercussions of their actions. Although, our Adolescent Group is created for teens who acknowledge that they have engaged in problematic sexual behaviors, we encourage them to participate in group with hopes that they will feel supported and not judged. By doing so, this will not only support the teen, but their caretaker as well and they will learn that group is supportive and a safe environment in which true change can take place.
Criteria for Completion
1. Have satisfactory attendance for all recommended therapeutic group sessions. 2. Demonstrate positive, productive participation in treatment topics and activities. 3. Demonstrate responsibility for providing positive group leadership and helping fellow group members. 4. Demonstrate an openness with providing detailed and accurate disclosure of problematic sexual behavior and show clear understanding of the serious consequences of such behavior. 5. Make adequate restitution through writing acceptable letters of apology to the victim(s), the victim's parents, and/or the adolescent’s parents. 6. Demonstrate increased maturity in judgment and ability to control impulses. 7. Develop a realistic plan to prevent future problematic sexual behavior. 8. Commit no further problematic sexual behavior (like sexting, viewing pornography, etc.) 9. Have satisfactory attendance and behavior at school, including passing grades and compliance with school rules and policies. 10. Have satisfactory behavior in the home and community, including obeying rules and taking responsibility for chores or any other commitments.
Do's and Don'ts for Parents of Teens with Problematic Sexual Behavior
+ Spend quality time with your teen (i.e., time alone with them when they have your individual attention). + Communication. Talk with your teen and encourage them to talk with you when they have problems or concerns. Communicate about positive as well as negative things such as emotions, affection, concerns. Open the communication up to share matters surrounding sexual behavior. + Provide effective supervision of your teen's behavior and set appropriate limits such as establishing reasonable curfew for their age and monitor internet use and all use of technology (i.e. cell, laptop, gaming system, television, etc.) + Encourage responsibility by ensuring follow through with chores around the house, seeking employment, doing well in school, etc. + Once treatment progresses, encourage age-appropriate relationships, involvement in prosocial behavior, etc.
X Allow your teen to have unsupervised contact with others who may be vulnerable, especially children. This means that certain activities and jobs should not be allowed such as babysitting, volunteering in setting with younger, vulnerable children are present, etc. X Allow your teen unmonitored access to electronics. X Allow your teen to make decisions around school attendance. X Allow your teen to use alcohol or drugs. X Allow your teen to associate with peers who are engaged in illegal or harmful activities, such as shoplifting, alcohol or drug use, etc.