Sex Offender Treatment

Horizon Healthcare, Inc. provides a comprehensive continuum of Sex Offender Treatment services to offenders from the Division of Community Corrections in Rice Lake, Spooner, Hudson, Menomonie, Eau Claire, Chippewa Falls, Neenah, and Janesville, Wisconsin. Programs are delivered by skilled, credentialed mental health professionals with unique experience in containment approaches and sexual offender treatment in close partnership with the Department of Corrections. The primary goal of Sex Offender Treatment is to prevent new sexual offenses from occurring. The SOT programs are designed to assist offenders to:

  • Reduce their denial or minimization of their criminal sexual behavior and admit any blame placed on circumstantial factors.
  • Disclose their history of sexually abusive and criminal sexual behavior and pattern of sexual response.
  • Learn and understand the effects of sexual abuse upon victims and their families, the community, the offender and the offender′s family.
  • Address restitution and reparation to their victims and the community, in a direct or indirect manner, as appropriate.

The SOT program′s focus is on identifying the circumstances that lead to sexually abusive and criminal sexual behavior, and on identifying alternative behaviors that would prevent recurrence of sexual abuse and criminal sexual behavior. The program provides activities and procedures that are designed to assist offenders to:

  • Identify and assess the function and role of thinking errors and maladaptive attitudes and beliefs; provide comprehensive assessment of risks, needs, abilities, and strengths.
  • Learn and use appropriate strategies and techniques for changing thinking patterns and maladaptive attitudes, beliefs and coping patterns.
  • Identify the function and role of paraphilic and aggressive sexual responses and recurrent sexual fantasies.
  • Learn and use appropriate strategies and techniques to manage paraphilic and aggressive sexual responses, urges, fantasies, and interests; and maintain or enhance sexual response to appropriate partners or situations when possible.
  • Identify the function and role of chemical abuse or other antisocial behavior. This includes other similarly obsessive and compulsive behaviors, such as gambling, shopping, video-gaming, etc.
  • Identify and address particular family issues or dysfunctions, including childhood abuse issues, which precipitate or support the sexually offensive behavior. This includes direct training of family members to hold their family members accountable for their behavior and support them to change without the use of enabling behaviors.
  • Develop a detailed re-offense prevention plan that identifies the cycle of sexually abusive behavior and alternative behaviors designed to decrease risk, and identifies a network of persons who support change in the offender. Relapse Prevention Plan will include cycle of offending, triggers, thinking distortions/counters; people/places/things associated with offending, coping skills and associated cognitive-behavioral strategies, and support/accountability network.
  • Practice positive social behaviors. Pro-social behaviors include assertion training, empathy development, listening skills, and conflict resolution techniques.

The program provides information and activities designed to:

  • Assist the offender in developing a positive, pro-social approach to sexuality, including an understanding of intimate and love relationships.
  • Develop emotional awareness and demonstrate the appropriate expression of feelings.
  • Develop and demonstrate appropriate levels of trust in relating to peers and other adults.
  • Develop and demonstrate appropriate communication, anger management, and stress management skills.