Treatment Modalities

There is hope for youthful sexual offenders if they receive intensive multi-faceted treatment that targets their individual patterns and needs. Cove PREP is committed to providing that treatment.

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 behavior.
  • 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 PREP’s 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.