This is a 16-week group that utilizes a combination of psycho-educational and process style in group treatment to identify the impact of sustained childhood trauma on current adaptive functioning. More specifically, participants will identify the impact of traumatic experiences on current symptoms, relationships with others, and on behaviors. Groups will not be co-ed; also, separate groups will be provided for adolescents and adults
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA, 2014), drug abuse is related to offenses which occur in order to further abuse the substance (e.g. stealing to get money for drugs) and offense behaviors that co-occur within lifestyles which pre-dispose individuals to engage in illegal activities (e.g. associating with other offenders). The Department of Justice’s (DOJ’s) 2012 statistics estimated the total correctional population to be over 6.9 million. Of that figure, almost 4.8 million incarcerated individuals were on probation or under parole supervision. Drug law violations were the most common type of criminal offense (Glaze & Haberman, 2013). Fewer than twenty percent of those diagnosed with drug abuse and dependence, per the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), received necessary treatment.
Juvenile offender rates are similarly staggering. In 2008, 2.1 million juveniles were arrested with approximately ten percent of such arrests due to drug abuse or underage drinking violations (Puzzanchera, 2009). Approximately two-thirds of detained juveniles are diagnosed with substance use disorder; moreover, female juveniles tend to have higher substance use disorder rates than males (McClelland et al., 2004).
Many individuals are not getting the substance abuse treatment they require when incarcerated. Therefore, it is imperative to provide requisite treatment for both adult and juveniles to reduce recidivism rates when these individuals are released and/or discharged into the community. Substance abuse treatment groups will make use of interventions such as guest speakers, social skills rehearsal, and psycho-education to address the impact of substance use, abuse, and dependence on brain biology, relationships, and criminal offense behaviors. Each substance abuse group cycle will last for 20 weeks, conducted twice a week. Separate groups will be provided for adolescents and adults
A 16-week psycho-educational group curriculum which addresses to important topics for at-risk learners: gang prevention and the anger and violence which emerges from participating in gang activity. Participants will explore topics such as anger triggers, mediation, bullying, peer pressure, and conflict resolution. Groups will be co-ed
A manualized treatment approach for parents which examines ways to encourage motherhood/fatherhood, responsibility and parental effectiveness. Groups will be co-ed
Sex-Offender Specific Therapies
A manualized group treatment for those who sexually offend. Groups are not co-ed
1:1 individual counseling for those who sexually offend
In conjunction with local law enforcement agencies and officials, parole/probation, and outreach personnel, this program combines social intervention, street outreach, and psycho-educational programming to reduce the likelihood of youth involvement in criminal activities and gang involvement. Groups will not be co-ed