Juvenile Sexual Offender Treatment

The primary goal of all sexual-offense-specific treatment should be to keep communities safe and to prevent further victimization of others. The rights and needs of victims and survivors of sexual trauma should precede any other goals in therapy. To this end, it is important that therapists intentionally weave into the tapestry of therapy the larger threads that connect the perpetrator to his victims’ rights, needs, feelings and experiences. If sight of this goal is lost, treatment will be incomplete and likely ineffective. Treatment goals must therefore reflect this understanding, and seek to protect victims from further harm.

In working with juveniles who have sexually offended, Mohican Youth Academy recognizes that sustainable treatment must be holistic in nature and approach— addressing the physical, psychological, emotional, behavioral, familial and spiritual needs of each young man. Many programs focus too narrowly on treating one aspect of an adolescent’s life—primarily the behaviors that led to his placement. Unfortunately, this approach too often falls short because it fails to consider the adolescent’s overall needs—and therefore, risks—within the context of his family and community environment.

With this in mind, Mohican’s Sexual Offender Program strives to help adolescent offenders to apply his specific treatment goals to every area of life. Because most of our youth often come from chaotic family environments, they lack the basic structures necessary to a child’s sense of safety, security, and self-esteem. Without this, boys do not even know basic problem-solving skills or how to think of themselves in relationship to others.

Mohican’s philosophy and approach offers each youth that solid foundation and structure upon which a boy can learn, grow, and relate to the larger world around him. By providing opportunities to practice real relationship- and problem-solving skills in a safe atmosphere, boys at Mohican learn to put the ‘walk’ into the ‘talk’ as treatment goals become tangible and measurable. Each treatment plan is individualized to meet the specific needs of the adolescent.