Sexual Offense Resource Services (SORS) provides outpatient treatment for adult sexual offenders as well as psychosexual evaluations, risk assessments, psychoeducational classes, sexual interest/arousal tests and approved supervisor classes for non-offending support persons. Our services are designed for clients court-ordered into sexual offense specific treatment as well as voluntary clients seeking help for problematic sexual behaviors. Highly trained staff registered with the Colorado Sexual Offender Management Board (SOMB) operate the SORS program, which strives to adhere to the State of Colorado Standards and Guidelines for the Assessment, Evaluation, Treatment and Behavioral Monitoring of Adult Sexual Offenders and guidelines established by the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Offenders (ATSA)
SORS believes sexual offender risk varies from offender to offender and treatment should address individualized risk factors. Correspondingly, the duration of treatment should be related to an offender’s level of risk. SORS believes a client’s level of risk is variable over time and must routinely be re-assessed and effectively addressed. We recognize that sexual offenders have the capacity to engage in abusive and destructive behaviors and generally will not voluntarily seek help for their problems. Secrecy and deception are involved in most sexual offense behaviors. Therefore, convicted sexual offenders should be held accountable for their actions and placed under supervision, and conditions for appropriate placement and positive participation in sexual offense specific therapy should become part of the terms and conditions of probation or parole and community-based placement.
These expectations are critical in gaining behavioral and attitudinal compliance to the monitoring and treatment process. Community safety must remain the highest priority. An offender’s compliance reflects the most important measure of client progress and regard for the victim.
SORS elects to utilize a holistic prevention model of treatment that indicates the offender must learn to manage life more conservatively, with increased vigilance to the antecedents that could indicate increased risk for re-offense. New coping strategies are practiced throughout treatment, offering the client a new repertoire of life skills and self-efficacy. Additionally, the offender is expected to seek external monitoring through educated circles of support. The offender is taught to identify, control and manage sexually abusive thoughts and behaviors through cognitive behavioral treatment tools, behavioral modification principles, healthy life-style development, positive support systems and accountability strategies.
The professionals at SORS believe that to effect long-term change and internalization of treatment concepts and effect changes in the distorted thinking processes that support offending behaviors, all environments and persons with whom the client has contact must work to achieve the same expectations for community safety and treatment adherence. Additionally, SORS believes that building therapeutic rapport with the client is critical in their ability to make authentic progress toward change.
This requires finding a common language of accountability that balances the use of authoritative intervention and support to guide the client toward a pro-social lifestyle. We seek to educate the members of their circles of support in the methods and expectations of accountability, the use of treatment tools and the active monitoring of the offender for high-risk indicators that accompany the cycle of abuse.
SORS strives to develop a new ethic of community safety, expectation of transparency, cooperation and shared responsibilities across organizational boundaries, a circle of concerned adults and family members can become a highly effective structure and supervised community setting for the individual.