Rockdale Regional Juvenile Justice Center

Juvenile Sexual Offender Treatment Program (JSOTP)

The Juvenile Sexual Offender Treatment Program (JSOTP) is based on the Journey Program, published by Matthew Ferrara, Ph.D., as the primary component in the treatment of juvenile sex offenders. The program is solidly founded on cognitive-behavioral principles, and brings together highly structured therapy and treatment planning that targets individual dynamic risk factors associated with sexual and violent recidivism. Treatment is individualized based upon a juvenile’s risk factors. Each juvenile receives the treatment that he or she needs to ensure that he or she has the best chance of achieving the primary goal of NO MORE VICTIMS.

Using a group, individual, and family treatment format, the long term goals of the JSOTP are:


2. Full acceptance of responsibility for any and all offensive/abusive behaviors.

3. The juvenile sex offender will develop an understanding of him/herself in relation to the offensive behavior(s), and how the offensive behavior(s) have harmed the victim and others.

4. The juvenile sex offender will learn the difference between deviant and positive sexuality and will not engage in deviant sexuality.

5. The juvenile sex offender will learn and utilize self-control techniques.

6. The juvenile sex offender will develop a healthy, prosocial, and appropriate perception of him/herself and others in relation to sexual behavior, will develop positive cognitive patterns, and will develop tools necessary to deter future offensive behaviors.

The treatment process is based upon a circular process of assessment, planning, treatment, and reassessment. It is strongly recommended that the juvenile’s parent(s)/guardian(s) be involved in each step of the treatment process to maximize generalization once the juvenile is returned to the community.

1. Intake/Assessment – A full, in-depth intake will be completed with each juvenile entering the JSOTP. This will include an interview with the juvenile, the juvenile’s parents/guardians, review of all collateral reports, psychosexual testing, and a forensic risk assessment focusing on both sexual and violent risk. Individual dynamic risk factors will be identified with each juvenile to ensure that each juvenile receives the treatment he/she needs.

2. Core Treatment – The objectives of core treatment include 1) acceptance of responsibility for offense; 2) learning about the offense cycle and how sexually abusive behaviors occur; 3) revealing of sexual history; and 4) learning basic self- 2 control techniques and when to use them. Some juvenile sex offenders may not require additional treatment beyond this phase.

3. Reassessment – Upon successful completion of core treatment, the juvenile will be reassessed to determine his/her need for continued treatment. The need for this additional treatment may be identified at the intake for some juveniles. At this phase, all juveniles will undergo an instant offense or sexual history polygraph examination to verify honesty and compliance with the JSOTP. Further assessments of deviant arousal, distorted thinking, self-management, emotional functioning, and interpersonal functioning will be conducted for use in the development of a new treatment plan.

4. Supplementary Treatment - The juvenile’s additional individual needs will be prioritized, the primary need will be targeted for treatment, and a specific, individualized intervention will be utilized to help the juvenile address the identified need. This phase of treatment provides the juvenile with more in-depth work in each target area to ensure that his/her individual needs are met.

5. Reassessment/Continued Treatment – Upon successful completion of supplementary treatment, the juvenile will be reassessed to identify the continued presence of risk factors, as well as additional risk factors, and he/she will be given additional therapeutic assignments. This phase will continue until the juvenile has addressed all individual needs identified.

6. Relapse Prevention – Upon successful completion of all treatment needs, the juvenile will be provided supportive therapy and case management until returning to the community. If needed, appropriate referrals for continued aftercare will be made.

During all phases of treatment, the juvenile’s parent(s)/guardians(s) will participate in, and eventually successfully complete, our offense-specific Chaperone Training program. This program is designed to teach parent(s)/guardian(s) about all phases of treatment, and to help them develop the skills and knowledge necessary to support and encourage their child during and after completion of the program. The ultimate goal of Chaperone Training is to help parent(s)/guardian(s) become a strong part of the juvenile’s treatment Team, so that they may assist their child in reaching and maintaining the primary goal of NO MORE VICTIMS. Again, treatment will be individualized based on the specific identified needs of each juvenile sex offender, allowing for the most problematic factors to be targeted immediately and effectively.

Our treatment staff members are committed to providing only the highest quality of care services to your juvenile, their families, and to your department. We keep abreast of the newest, and most effective cutting-edge treatment techniques and information in the scientific literature, and we strictly adhere to the treatment standards and guidelines of the Texas Council on Sex Offender Treatment. Our desire is to reduce sexual and general offenders recidivism, and to help create a safer community for you and all citizens of Texas. Our goal is No More Victims.

Individualized treatment plans, monthly progress reports, and phase-completion reports will be created and submitted to the juvenile’s supervising officer in the referring county agency. Please contact us with questions or for additional information.