During adolescence, some sexual exploration is a typical part of the developmental process. However, there are some behaviors that may go beyond harmless, innocent curiosity. In some cases, there are sexual behaviors that present a risk to the well-being of the child and the other children that he interacts with. Sexually maladaptive behaviors consist of those that are grossly out of proportion to the appropriateness of the child’s age, or of behaviors that continue to occur even after a child has been told to stop or continues to do despite consciously knowing they are wrong. While the presence of sexually maladaptive behaviors can cause immense devastation on a child’s life, as well as on the lives of others who he inflicts his behaviors upon, there is treatment available.
Resolute Treatment Center is a premier treatment provider for male adolescents between the ages of 12 and 17 with special consideration given to those 18 to 21 years of age who are struggling with sexually maladaptive behaviors and other emotional and behavioral impairments. Located on the west side of Indianapolis, our 106-bed residential treatment center provides a broad continuum of care that is tailored to meet the unique needs of each child and family who entrusts us with their care. As the only treatment facility in the state of Indiana that exclusively treats adolescent males with sexually maladaptive behaviors, we remain steadfast in our dedication to providing preventative placement and post discharge clinical home services that are designed to afford adolescents the most comprehensive care available so that they can begin walking on the path to the brighter future that they deserve.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
Having a child who is engaging in problematic sexual behaviors can be not only frustrating, angering, and heart-breaking, but embarrassing as well. You have likely been vacillating between various emotions as you try to come to terms with what is occurring in your child’s life. It is possible that you are even having some feelings of guilt, questioning whether or not there was something you did or something that you overlooked that caused your child to begin participating in the behaviors that he is. However, you may also be doubting that your child truly is struggling with sexually maladaptive behaviors, instead wanting to believe that maybe he is simply just overly curious. For children and adolescents who are engaging in sexually maladaptive behaviors, one or more of the following characteristics are typically present:
- The behavior goes clearly beyond what would be considered normal for the child’s developmental stage
- The behavior is associated with strong emotional reactions, such as anger and anxiety
- The behavior interferes with typical childhood interests (e.g. playing sports, etc.)
- The behavior involves threats, force, or aggression against others
Children and adolescents with problematic sexual behaviors may often display additional behavioral and social difficulties, including:
- Acting impulsively / failing to act before thinking
- Having extreme difficulty following set rules or listening to and obeying authority figures
- Having a limited ability to self-soothe / limited coping skills
- Has difficulty making age-appropriate friends and instead tends to play or spend time with younger children
While it can be difficult to admit, it any of these behaviors ring true to what you have noticed in your child, then it is imperative that you seek help from a mental health professional.
Why Consider Treatment at Resolute
When sexually maladaptive behaviors are left unaddressed, children and adolescents will ultimately come to the conclusion that there is nothing wrong with the way in which they behave. This can lead to countless negative ramifications in their lives, including becoming future perpetrators of abuse and facing interaction with the legal system. While you may want to believe that your child will grow out of these behaviors, the unfortunate truth is that, without proper intervention, the behaviors are likely only going to continue to worsen.
Residential treatment programs are arguably the best way for adolescents with sexually maladaptive behaviors to receive the thorough, intensive treatment that they need to overcome their behavioral deficits. First and foremost, by entering into a residential program, adolescents are walking into an environment where they monitored 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, taking away their ability to engage in impulsive, destructive behaviors. In this safe and secure setting, children and adolescents can confront the trials they are facing while having the ongoing support of mental health professionals who can provide encouragement while also positively challenging their distorted thinking patterns. By participating in a variety of therapeutic interventions, adolescents who take part in residential treatment programs can learn to control their impulses, rebuild their self-esteem, develop healthy coping skills, and being walking down the path to a happy, healthy, and productive future.
Program Philosophy and Benefits
At Resolute Treatment Center, our goal is to break the vicious cycle of victimization by providing the best care in the least restrictive environment possible. We offer adolescents a safe, secure, and confidential setting where they can receive therapy that is based on unconditional positive regard which places an emphasis on the inherent strengths that we know our patients already have within them. By building upon those strengths, the caring and compassionate staff at Resolute helps guide and support patients throughout the treatment process, keeping in mind our steadfast goal of returning each child to his community as a productive and responsible member of society. At Resolute, we are dedicated to ensuring the success of each child, the reunification of every family, and the long standing happiness that every individual deserves.
Types of Treatment Offered at Resolute
At Resolute Treatment Center, we offer a unique, multifaceted therapeutic program that is designed to give every child the chance to succeed academically, socially, and emotionally. With treatment that is guided by highly qualified, expertly trained, and compassionately caring professionals, Resolute offers a wide variety of therapeutic interventions that helps children maximize their potential through recreational interventions, clinical interventions, strong academic programming, and positive relationship building with peers and adults. At Resolute, we believe that when children explore and discover their inherent strengths in a structured, nature-based environment, their self-esteem, compassion, coping skills, and social skills will improve. In order to help our patients achieve all of their goals, the following treatment methods are implemented throughout one’s stay at Resolute:
Medication management: In many cases, the presence of sexually maladaptive behaviors can occur alongside another mental health condition. In such instances, medication may be used in order to help alleviate the symptoms of that co-occurring disorder(s). All patients meet with a psychiatrist at least once a month in order to ensure the effectiveness of any medication that is prescribed and to make any changes that may be necessary.
Individual therapy: Patients participate in a minimum of one individual therapy session per week, but more sessions can be added based on individual needs. These sessions are designed to be a time for adolescents to meet one-on-one with a therapist in order to discuss concerns and to focus on the development and application of new skills.
Group therapy: Group sessions are held daily and include both psycho-educational and process groups, including a daily sexual process group. These sessions are curriculum-based and trauma-focused. Special ancillary groups are also held regularly and include topics such as assault cycles, trauma outcomes, and healthy relationships.
Family therapy: At Resolute, we view family involvement and participation in the treatment process as being paramount to ensuring that each child’s treatment is both effective and long-lasting. Family sessions are held at a minimum of once every two weeks, but more are added when requested or deemed appropriate.
School programming: Knowing how important a child’s education is, here at Resolute we make sure that each patient receives the services he needs in order to remain on track educationally. Our onsite school is fully accredited and meets daily from 8:00am to 3:00pm.
In addition to the previously mentioned services, Resolute also offers the following:
- Psychological testing
- Relapse prevention and protection planning
- Reunification and aftercare planning
Continuing Care and Levels of Treatment
At Resolute Treatment Center, we recognize that recovery is an ongoing process that does not just end once adolescents leave our program. In order to ensure continued success, our multidisciplinary staff works at creating thorough aftercare planning for each patient. We work intensively with adolescents as they become reunified with their families and begin reintegrating back into the community.
For those adolescents who are not yet ready to, or are unable to, return home, but no longer require the intensive treatment of the residential setting, Resolute offers three step-down group homes for those patients who have successfully completed residential programming. These homes provide an open residential setting that is less restrictive, yet still provides 24 hour supervision.
Whatever your child’s long-term needs may be, Resolute Treatment Center will do all that we can to ensure continued success and lasting recovery so that he can move forwards toward a happy, healthy, and productive future.