At Cove PREP, we provide services for each resident through a variety of treatment modalities.
Through Cognitive-Behavioral treatment, residents learn to understand the history,
feelings, thoughts, and behaviors that become part of a dysfunctional cycle and the effects
of those behaviors on their victims. The opportunity to change behavior is created once
residents learn to recognize and identify the feelings and distorted thoughts and beliefs that
allow sexual offending to occur.
Process-Oriented (psychodynamic) treatment is designed to help residents develop a
level of insight and awareness into the impact that their own history has on their
relationship with others. As the resident develops personal awareness he becomes more
capable of participating in pro-social relationships with others. Process oriented
treatment allows the resident to become aware of the origin his own feelings, thoughts,
behaviors and the effects that his behavior has on others.
Psycho-educational treatment is aimed at skill development, and focuses on teaching
residents anger management, social skills, communication skills, consent, boundaries, the
law, pre-offense/offense cycle, and cognitive distortions (also known as "thinking errors").
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is a systematic model that teaches individuals
specific skills to improve self-management. DBT has been found to be effective with
individuals who display problems with managing emotions, behavior and interpersonal
relationships. Residents report this component of treatment as being particularly helpful
in giving them new and specific tools to handle their emotions and interpersonal
relationships. Family education & therapy services are provided through phone contact and family
sessions. Parents or guardians are encouraged to participate in treatment with residents. As
appropriate, family members may also be encouraged to be involved in outside counseling to
address other personal or family issues. The primary goal of Cove PREP's family work is to help
the family understand the resident's sexual offense patterns, and to help the family indentify
and address patterns that will support the resident successfully addressing their sexually abusive
Psychiatric Care and Medication Management: Frequently, youth with histories of sexually abusive
behavior also present with one or more mental health diagnoses. Common diagnoses include:
ADHD; Depression; Bi-polar Disorder; Post-traumatic Stress Disorder; Oppositional-Deviant
Disorder, as well as a variety of other diagnoses. While Cove PREPs primary treatment
focus is addressing sexual offending issues, it is imperative that any existing psychiatric
conditions be stabilized in order to enable the resident to effectively engage in and
benefit from treatment.
Cove PREP does not utilize any aversive conditioning techniques. Polygraph testing is
available for use on a case-by-case basis.