At The Prevention Project™ Utah, USA, we offer varying degrees of support for individuals depending on their reasons for attending. For instance, someone may voluntarily attend as a member of the community, or they may be attorney referred, or be court ordered; depending on the referral, their length of treatment may vary. We have noticed that Individuals who are court ordered to complete our program for a minimum of a year, or are lawyer referred, end up staying longer than their "required" time due to the benefits they experience in our program. We also offer on-going support as we know that for many individuals, specifically those with minor attractions, they need the safety, support and non-shaming environment that our program provides.
In order to determine if someone is appropriate for The Prevention Project™, we assess for a variety of issues
Individuals typically attend our program for both individual and group therapy. Our groups are based on our curriculum Prevention Is The Intervention™©2016-2017 which addresses the specific criminogenic needs associated with non contact sex crimes. Individual therapy often incorporates Dr. Patrick Carnes' evidence based Task Based Model when applicable as well as The Good Lives Model for Offender Rehabilitation and Pathways To Healthy Sexuality. We also incorporate EMDR trauma therapy, Internal Family Systems Model, and Mindfulness Based CBT to assist individuals in learning effective tools for on-going self-regulation.
Specialized Treatment: At The Prevention Project.™ we work with some individuals who have neurodevelopmental disorders (i.e., Autism Spectrum Disorder, ASD) and neurocognitive disorders (i.e, Traumatic Brain Injuries, Parkinson Disease). We individualize each person’s care depending on their specific emotional, mental, behavioral, and physical needs to ensure that they are being provided with the most accurate interventions possible. When necessary, we collaborate with a medical and neuropsychological team. Again, one size does not (and should not) fit all.
Individuals with Autism Spectrum (Traits or Disorder): We have found that many individuals that enter the criminal justice system with non-contact problematic sexual behavior (i.e., on-line solicitation of a minor, viewing child pornography, some sexual harassment cases) have various special needs including traits of high-functioning Autism (hfASD) or Asperger’s Syndrome. For these individuals, the topics of sexuality and intimate relationships can pose several challenges especially since many individuals with hfASD or AS don’t understand the necessary social cues surrounding sexuality. These challenges are often magnified when sexual behavior problems, such as a fixation on pornography or masturbation, surface. In response to the influx of this population needing accurate interventions for non-contact problematic sexual behavior, The Prevention Project.™ Utah, USA provides a weekly life skills group that teaches habituation. Unlike sex offender treatment that teaches tools for rehabilitation, individuals with hfASD or Asperger’s Syndrome need tools for actual habituation since they have never learned social skills or the appropriate social cues in certain situations. Therefore, this group teaches the necessary habituation skills using concrete instructions, explicit delivery of concepts, and visual and active engagement in a safe, supportive environment.
Examples of skills taught in this class: Consent: YES vs. NO; Safe vs. Unsafe Behavior; Healthy vs. Unhealthy Boundaries (including what a boundary is), What Is A "Sex Offender"?, Friend vs. More Than Friend; "Good Touch Vs. Bad Touch." Healthy vs. Unhealthy Sex*(this is a loaded topic). All skills are written on the board and explained in an explicit (clearly, with detail) and concrete manner.
Parkinson’s Disease (and other neurocognitive deficits): We understand that individuals diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease may have memory deficits including early onset dementia. They may experience higher levels of stress, depression and anxiety as a result of their symptomatology. Along with this, they may experience sexual (or other) behavior that is problematic and/or have committed a sex crime as a result of having impulse control disorder (which sadly, is a side effect to the main medications for Parkinson’s Disease). At The Prevention Project.™ we design a program that entails a multi-disciplinary clinical and medical team to ensure that the individual has their medical and mental health needs met. This often entails a Geriatric Psychiatrist, a Nutritionist, a Medical Social Worker, Home Health Care, A Neurologist, as well as the clinical team at The Prevention Project.™ Regular contact with the team is essential for ensuring that the individual’s needs are adequately being met while addressing, as best as possible, their problematic sexual behavior. We are aware that individuals with Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) who have problematic sexual behavior also have various medical and mental health needs. Therefore, similar to individuals with Parkinson’s Disease, our team is sensitive to the mental and medical health needs to best ensure that individuals are able to fully benefit from our specialized program.
At The Prevention Project.™ we offer safe, compassionate support to individuals who have minor attractions including anti-contact pedophiles, hebephiles and ephebephiles. Our structured psycho-educational groups explore individual's sexual orientation, attractions, shame and guilt, as well as healthy sexuality and relationships. Individuals from all over the world call into our groups for this specialized support.
Our program is approved to provide treatment for men who have been arrested for adult solicitation offenses. Instead of the typical format of a "Johns" School which provides an 8 hour class where experts from the community come to discuss various topics we help men identify and explore the deeper issues that have impacted their choice to pay for sex in individual and group therapy. Examples of issues we address in treatment include: Attachment, trauma, intimacy deficits, self regulation impairments, sex/love/relationship addiction, and in some cases neuro-diverse issues. We get to the root issue that led them to sexually acting out via paying for sex in the first place.
The Prevention Project.™ has been approved as a court ordered program for non-contact sex crimes, specifically child pornography, lewdness and on-line solicitation offenders. We get referrals for individuals in the pre-sentence phase or post sex offender treatment. Our program provides accurate treatment interventions based on the criminogenic features associated with child pornography, & on-line solicitation offenders. Some judges have also court ordered our program to be completed if an individual with these specific offenses or a conviction for lewdness has special needs,i.e., Autism Spectrum, Parkinson's Disease, OCD). At times that are better addressed in our program or if they began our program prior to sentencing and the judge orders them to complete our program along with sex offender treatment. Our program is also beneficial for individuals who have successfully completed sex offender treatment and come to us for aftercare, maintenance or support in preventing problematic sexual behavior (i.e., porn abuse).
Our specialized curriculum, Prevention is the Intervention™©2016-2017, was designed with the notion that individuals with non-contact problematic sexual behavior need to be able to talk openly about their harmful and inappropriate sexual thoughts, fantasies, and behaviors. Along with this, they need to be able to identify and implement new, prosocial, and adaptive tools for staying safe in the community related to their specific criminogenic needs. Research indicates that the dynamic risk factor most predictive of sexual offending is “sexual preoccupation” (Marshall, W.L., Marshall, L.E., 2015). Therefore, one component of our curriculum Prevention is the Intervention™ includes the assessment and treatment of sexual preoccupation (hypersexuality, porn addiction) by incorporating elements of Patrick Carnes’ Research Based Task Model. This includes supplemental reading and homework using Carnes' Task Based workbooks in-between weekly programming. Foundational to our program is the The Good Lives Model to assist individuals in being accountable for their risky sexual thoughts, feelings and actions, while reducing shame, increasing their ability to self regulate, help raise awareness of their addiction/offender cycle behavior and self-interventions, along with setting and implementing realistic goals and plans for a healthier future. We also incorporate Pathways to Healthy Sexuality which is an identified relapse prevention model. We address specific criminogenic features that are unique to non-contact offenders. Teaching individuals tools for emotional regulation via EMDR resourcing, mindfulness based stress reduction, and DBT is also elemental in reducing risk. Finally, working with individuals on learning how to have healthy interactions in their primary relationships via communication, problem solving, parenting, and sexuality, is key to ensuring individuals are safe and healthy members of society.