Offense-Specific Interventions – Sexual Abuse Intervention (SAI)

  • Intensive in-home treatment for youth with problem sexual behavior and their families
  • Treatment plans are individualized based on client needs
  • Stresses community safety and family supervision of youth

Who should receive Savio’s services?

The SAI program works with children, adolescents, and their families to stop problem sexual behavior and prevent its recurrence through monitoring, education, and therapeutic intervention. The program utilizes a high level of supervision and involvement, and emphasizes victim impact and client accountability at all times. The program serves males and females, twelve to twenty-one years of age, who exhibit problem sexual behavior.

How does Savio use a “home-based” model?

  • therapists are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week
  • services are provided in the home, school, neighborhood and community
  • caseloads of therapists are small (4-6 families per therapist) and treatment is intensive, often including multiple contacts with family and other participants every week
  • length of treatment averages 3-6 months for clients transitioning from previous treatment settings and 6-9 months for those clients who have not previously been in treatment
  • therapists work in teams and provide coverage for each other’s caseloads
  • each team has an SOMB supervisor and consultant who advise weekly on all cases

What makes SAI work?

The SAI program holds clients accountable through the use of internal and external control measures including polygraphs, monitoring, safety contracts and relapse prevention plans. This approach requires the integration of attitudes, expectations, and practices, and is implemented in collaboration with other involved professionals.

Savio’s program utilizes the following principles as the foundation of the treatment approach:

  • Community safety is the primary concern.
  • Victims have a right to safety and self-determination.
  • Remorse and empathy should be expressed through accountability to victims.
  • Treatment of clients with sexual offenses requires a coordinated team response.
  • Successful treatment and supervision of clients with problem sexual behaviors is enhanced by the positive cooperation of family, friends, employers, and members of the community who have influence in their lives.
  • Involvement in prosocial activities increases health and reduces risk.

What can I expect from my therapist?

Any combination of the following services may be provided to the youth and family, as needed, within the SAI program:

  • clarification work when appropriate
  • family therapy
  • individual sessions with youth
  • individual sessions with parents
  • offense specific treatment groups
  • evaluation of the youth’s peer network and arranging prosocial activities
  • collaboration with schools to provide individual supervision management plans and monitoring of the youth while in school
  • coordinating activities with school systems, court, and/or other social services agencies
  • supporting the family in finding psychiatric consultation when necessary
  • transportation as needed for treatment related appointments
  • trauma sensitive therapy with victims and their families

How does Savio help families?

Upon completion of the SAI program the youth and family will possess the skills to:

Youth:

  • Identify triggers of sexual acting out
  • Ability to utilize coping skills to increase healthy and appropriate sexual thoughts and behaviors
  • Understand victim impact and demonstrate empathy for others
  • Demonstrate knowledge and use of relapse prevention plan
  • Develop overall health promotion plan

Parents:

  • Identify behaviors and thoughts associated with problem sexual behaviors
  • Recognize and intervene abusive behavior
  • Develop an understanding of the impact of abuse
  • Ability to provide consistent and appropriate supervision of youth
  • Supporting and implementing safety plans
  • Demonstrate a consistent ability to provide structure and discipline
  • Maintain healthy boundaries for all family members

Victims:

  • Demonstrate appropriate and effective refusal and assertiveness skills
  • Demonstrate ability to set appropriate boundaries with others
  • Be able to report future sexual abuse or sexually inappropriate behavior

For more information contact: Elizabeth Doner, CBS Adolescent Coordinator, 303-225-4167