Group Psychotherapy

Group psychotherapy for the residents with sex offenses is particularly structured and focused on their understanding and utilizing certain core concepts which result in understanding their personal dynamics, their behavior and their impact on others. Some of these concepts are thinking errors, offense cycle, differentiating deviant from healthy sexuality, impulse control and management of high-risk situations to name a few.

For general offenders, the emphasis is on helping them recognize and modify self-defeating and conflict-perpetrating “criminal thinking”. This thinking often underlies cycles of substance abuse, poor emotional regulation, poor management of aggressive impulses, and their willingness to victimize others via crimes against persons or property.

The group context is utilized so that the residents can benefit from each other’s insights as well as develop pro-social interpersonal skills. All of these groups are co-facilitated by a licensed psychologist and a doctoral intern.