Sex Offense Services

The staff members of Treatment and Evaluation Services are highly trained mental health professionals committed to providing the highest level of therapeutic services. We are dedicated to maintaining ethical and effective treatment and state of the art evaluations and assessments.

We take pride in offering a wide range of treatment options and comprehensive evaluations designed to assess the mental health difficulties of our clients. We clearly understand that all of our clients are different and that they each have unique treatment needs.

Evaluations:

  • Treatment and Evaluation Services is a listed provider with the Colorado Sex Offender Management Board (SOMB) and provides a variety of sex-offense specific evaluations.
    • ALL EVALUATIONS INCLUDE:
      • Clinical Interviews
      • Mental Status Examination
      • Sexual History Questionnaires
      • Personality Testing
    • SPECIALIZED TESTING AS APPROPRIATE:
      • Abel Screening (sexual interest)
      • IQ and Projective testing
    • TYPES OF EVALUATIONS:
      • Mental Health Sex-Offense Specific Evaluations: These evaluations are conducted to help identify an individual’s level of risk to re-offend and to determine the client’s containment and treatment needs. These evaluations follow the SOMB guidelines and are conducted at the pre-sentence level.
      • Psychosexual Evaluations: These evaluations are generally conducted once a sexual concern is identified or an outcry is made to ascertain a client’s risk and treatment needs. Included are the client’s mental status, strengths and weaknesses. Specific recommendations are made about treatment and the level of supervision and containment required to benefit the client while insuring community safety.
      • Mental Health Sex Offense Specific and Psychosexual Evaluations for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities: These evaluations are specifically for intellectually delayed individuals who have committed sexual offenses or crossed sexual boundaries. They include similar elements as the Psychosexual Evaluations but are geared toward individuals with lower levels of cognitive and/or adaptive functioning. These evaluations follow the SOMB guidelines.
      • Parental Risk Assessments: The Parental Risk Assessment was designed by the Colorado SOMB to determine the risk posed by a convicted adult sex offender to perpetrate upon his/her own children. The evaluation consists of many of the same components of a standard sex offense evaluation with the addition of specific tools used to measure interpersonal dynamics, empathy and capacity for attachment. (Please note that not all convicted adult offenders are eligible to participate in a Parental Risk Assessment.)
      • Re-Assessment Evaluations: The purpose of an updated evaluation is to gauge changes in a client’s risk over time and evaluate his or her progress or lack of progress in treatment. Problem areas and strengths are identified and suggestions are offered about changes that might be made in the client’s treatment or supervision that could assist the client to gain more from treatment and enhance public safety.

Abel Assessment:

  • According to the SOMB Standards, all sex offenders being evaluated and treated are required to be administered a test of sexual interest/arousal. Two testing procedures are currently approved by the SOMB for that purpose. Treatment and Evaluation Services administers the Abel Assessment for Sexual Interest-2. This is a technologically advanced psychological test that is designed to measure a client’s sexual interests and obtain information regarding involvement in a number of problematic sexual behaviors.
  • Dr. May and Dr. Hiner have used the Abel Assessment for over ten years. They have administered more that 2,000 tests including testing inmates of the Department of Corrections. For the past eight years, Drs. May and Hiner have been consultants for Abel Assessment Inc. and currently provide twice weekly phone consultations for agencies in the United States and United Kingdom using the Abel instrument. They also travel to various cities around the country and provide training on this assessment system with Dr. Gene Abel.
  • AASI-2: The Abel Assessment-2 can assess sexual interest in adult males and females and adolescent males and females. This can be done in English, Spanish and French.
  • Abel-Blasingame Assessment System The Abel-Blasingame Assessment System is for individuals with developmental disabilities. This system is a standardized, empirically validated assessment instrument that addresses the unique issues involved in evaluating individuals with developmental difficulties. This system identifies individual areas of sexual interest and provides a comprehensive sexual history. Individuals can have a comprehension level down to the second grade. This represents 95% of all DD individuals.
  • Diana Screen: The Diana Screen is an objective test to identify adults who have a higher likelihood of having sexually abused a child in the past. Child sexual abusers often target children in the care of religious organization, at childcare centers and schools, as well as children in residential homes and in foster care. Child sexual abuse occurring in institutional settings represents one of the most preventable forms of child sexual abuse.

Adult Treatment:

  • Sex Offense Specific Treatment: Treatment and Evaluation Services utilizes group therapy as a primary treatment tool for adults who have committed sexual offenses. Our program has separate groups for English and Spanish speaking clients.
  • We primarily use a Cognitive-Behavioral orientation to treatment. Our groups are open-ended, thus clients enter and exit group therapy when deemed appropriate by their community supervision team. We have found that more seasoned group members can become very good role models and teachers for the newer members. Clients at different stages of treatment provide a group foundation and culture in which all clients can feel accountable, responsible, safe, validated, and encouraged.
  • Our program uses a variety of treatment instruments including a therapy workbook, created by our staff, that deals with specific treatment issues. Each workbook chapter has homework assignments to help clients develop a deeper level of understanding. Topics covered include victim empathy, cycles of abuse and healthy sexuality.
  • Clients are assessed as to their appropriateness for groups and are placed in groups that will most effectively meet their needs. Clients with adult victims and clients with exposure/voyeurism offenses are typically placed in separate groups from individuals with child victims.
  • Additional Adult Groups:
    • Failure to Register Group This group is for individuals who have been convicted of a Failure to Register as a Sex Offender charge and have successfully completed sex offense specific treatment in the past. The focus of this group is on correcting antisocial thinking, developing healthy life skills, anger management and impulse control. Other appropriate topics are also considered as needed.
    • Boundaries Training: This group is for individuals who have crossed sexual boundaries but whose treatment needs do not warrant sex offense specific therapy. It is shorter in duration than sex offense specific therapy and focuses on developing healthy physical, sexual, social and emotional boundaries. (This service can also be conducted on an individual basis.)
    • Aftercare Program: This once a month group is for those individuals who have completed sex offender treatment requirements but are still within their probationary or parole sentences. Continued emphasis is placed on relapse prevention and the development of healthy lifestyles.

Adolescent Treatment:

  • ADOLESCENT PROGRAM: The goal of our program is to provide intensive holistic treatment to sexually abusive youth and their families in a cost effective and time-limited approach. Our methods allow us to provide individualized treatment plans and to provide different levels of outpatient services. Our program follows the Colorado Sex Offender Management Board Standards and includes the following components:
    • Skills Based Group: This is an open ended group which lasts 24 weeks. The skills learned build on one another and are used regularly during the group. In addition, the clients are expected to practice the skills outside of group. The modules that are covered include dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), empathy and attachment, behavior cycles, healthy sexuality, identity development and value clarification. This group is appropriate for clients who need offense specific treatment or boundary treatment.
    • Individual and Family Therapy: The majority of the offense specific therapy is completed through individual and family therapy. The frequency of the sessions is determined by the individual and family needs and may change over time. Areas covered include safety planning, deviant sexuality (if appropriate), abuse cycle, clarification, and relapse prevention.
    • Study Hall: We offer an optional weekly study hall free of charge. This provides clients an opportunity to get help with their treatment homework.
    • Parent Group: This group meets every three weeks for eight weeks and is designed to compliment the 24 week adolescent group. The goal is to teach the parents the same skills the children are learning so that these skills can be reinforced at home.