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Issues of Sexual Offending


courageMale adolescents who have been abused and are beginning to abuse receive intensive treatment directed specifically at issues of sexual offending in a self-contained, secure treatment environment. The goal for each patient is “No More Victims”. Admission criteria include:

  • Exhibited sexual offending behavior
  • Charged and/or convicted of a sexual offense
  • Continued offending behavior despite outpatient treatment leaving the community at risk

Treatment plans emphasize personal accountability and responsibility for sexual offense even though some adolescents who sexually act out or offend may be reacting to their own personal histories. Patients learn their own triggers and develop more appropriate responses. Families learn the dynamics of sexually reactive behaviors to provide needed support when the patient returns home. Intensive work in group therapy fosters a positive peer culture. Empathy building, understanding the cycle of abuse and trauma outcome processes is emphasized. Coordination of agencies working with the court system is strongly encouraged.

Relapse prevention planning begins at the time of admission. The treatment team works closely with community agencies to ensure the appropriate aftercare arrangements.

The multi-disciplinary treatment team includes a psychiatrist, advanced practice nurse and nursing staff, licensed mental health therapist, dietician, teacher, and recreational therapist. Staff are well- qualified to address the unique physical, emotional and social needs of this group. Rivendell’s school program is certified by the KY Board of Education. The Courage staff have been certified as juvenile sex offender treatment professionals.

Case managers, working closely with the rest of the treatment team, help parents and/or supervising agencies secure appropriate aftercare. The adolescent’s response to treatment as well as family and aftercare resources have a strong impact on where the adolescent will go after discharge from Rivendell.

Referrals can be made by courts, physicians, therapists, ministers, teachers, social service agencies or family members. Referrals are accepted 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from Kentucky and surrounding states. Assessments to determine the best level of care for each patient can be completed at the hospital, or mobile assessments are available by appointment.

Please call 270-843-1199 or 800-548-2621 to schedule an assessment or for further information.