Sexual Offense Resource Services (SORS) provides outpatient treatment for adult sexual offenders. Our services are designed for those clients court-ordered into sexual offense specific treatment. The most comprehensive outpatient program available in Colorado, 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 (Revised March 2011) and guidelines established by the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Offenders (ATSA)
SORS believes sexual offenders are dangerous and require long-term supervision and external monitoring. Sexual offenders have the capacity to engage in abusive and destructive behaviors that are both significantly deviant and illegal. Sexual offenders generally will not voluntarily seek help for their problems, but rather need to be caught. Secrecy and deception are involved in all sexual offense behaviors. All sexual offenders should be held fully accountable for their actions and placed under formal 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. Accountability and community safety must remain the highest priority. In addition, these elements reflect the most important measure of client progress.
SORS utilizes a no cure philosophy based on the view that sexual offending behavior is not cured but rather requires lifetime management and control over the behaviors.
In fact, teaching a client he is "cured" because he completed a treatment program can lead the offender to minimize the potential for re-offense and be unprepared for the likelihood that he will re-experience deviant arousal patterns, distorted thinking and high risk situations at later times in his life. SORS therefore elects to utilize a prevention model of treatment that indicates the offender must learn to run his life more conservatively, with increased vigilance to the antecedents that could indicate increased risk for re-offense. Additionally, the offender is expected to seek increased external monitoring by his "Circle of Containment." The offender is taught to identify, control and manage his sexually abusive behaviors and thoughts through the use of the specialized treatment tools, support systems, accountability strategies and managed living situations.
The professionals at SORS believe that in order to effect long-term change and internalization of treatment concepts and effect changes in the distorted thinking processes that support anti-social behaviors, all environments and persons with whom the client has contact must work to achieve the same expectations for community safety and treatment adherence.
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 each containment network 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 was one of the first programs to define the important concepts of Containment Treatment. This model is a change environment designed especially for management of high-risk persons. In developing 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 high risk individual.
What the research says...
R. Karl Hanson, Ph.D. believes that the actual reoffense rate of sex offenders after 20 years, based on his own published data, is over 50%. Said differently, it would appear Hanson finds it reasonable to believe that most sex offenders eventually re-offend. - Stephen Brake, Ph.D.
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