Hoffmann Center uses the most up-to-date methods, techniques, and interventions available to help clients manage their inappropriate or harmful sexual behaviors. Treatment approaches are strength-based; involve using lots of different types of therapy, and focus on the treatment of the adolescent as a whole person. This means we help clients work on their sexual behavior issues, as well as other issues and problems that a client may have besides unhealthy sexual behavior.

The types of Therapy may include:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

  • Experiential

  • DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy)

  • Play Therapy

  • Social Skills training

  • Trauma Focus Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)


Relationships -Through exploration and education, the client learns about different types of healthy relationships, and appropriate boundaries. Topics range from friendship, dating, and family dynamics, to roles and expectations in the family and other settings.

Emotions - The beginning phases of treatment address stabilizing and controlling emotional and physical responses. The clients explore their own feelings, and learn to gain empathy and understanding for others.

Sexuality - Clients explore their own sexuality and have the chance to work through their own traumatic past.  This helps them gain a better  understanding of healthy sexuality and appropriate sexual behavior as a part of their daily life. Clients, parents, and caregivers also work together to explore and develop an understanding of factors related to the client’s sexual behavior.

Person - Through visits with the psychiatrist, individual therapy, and skill-building activities, clients learn to monitor symptoms, improve self-esteem, and cognitive skills and abilities. A Healthy Living Plan is created for each client that addresses: strengths, needs, positive influences, healthy habits, warning signs (thinking errors), safety plans for high-risk situations, supervision, negative influences, healthy/unhealthy thoughts/daydreams/fantasies, justifications, goals, and a list of support people. Treatment plans are developed within ten days of admission and if clients are placed for inpatient, treatment plans are developed as a multidisciplinary treatment approach every 90 days and reviewed every 30 days.

Environment - Clients attend school 12 months in a comprehensive and continuous education program; participate in numerous recreation activities, and community events. Clients learn social skills, and how to use them in lots of different places while at Hoffmann Center and after they leave. Round the clock staff supervision, the creation of safety plans and behavior contracts and education of families and caretakers about safety and supervision needs, help prepare clients for the future.

Communication - Clients and their families move through the treatment process and often deal with difficult issues. Talking can become hard to do and sometimes stop. This means communication and conflict resolution skills are very important to client, group, and family therapy. Through this process, clients learn to identify and talk about their needs, wants, and feelings in a respectful and assertive manner. All clients are assigned to a regular Therapist and Youth Counselor to ensure regular face to face contact.

Transition -The transition from everyday family life to the structured treatment units of Hoffmann Center may be a drastic change for many adolescents. The unit provides a safe, structured, and consistent environment, which helps adolescents move through their treatment. Hoffmann Center provides chances for the client, family and/support people to participate in therapy, support groups, and meetings to review progress and treatment plans. Through this participation, those involved can gain a better understanding of healthy relationships, mental health issues, and the needed supervision as it relates to the behavior and “causes” of a client’s unhealthy sexual behavior. As clients move through the phases of treatment, they are able to go to community events, home visits, and other off campus activities.

All Clients receive INDIVIDUAL, GROUP, and FAMILY therapy.

The program consists of phases of treatment:

  • Assessment Phase

  • Orientation and introduction to treatment - Phase I

  • Stabilization of behaviors - Phase II

  • Stabilization of thoughts and feelings - Phase III

  • Transition Planning - Phase IV

The Phase system incorporates areas of general program participation, group therapy progress, individual therapy, family therapy work, and written assignments. In the phase system the outlined tasks are general areas that are covered by all clients. However, individual circumstances may cause the actual order and or assignment to vary from to client to client. Additional written assignments may be made on an individual basis and others may need to be refined during treatment depending upon the client’s needs. As the client progresses through the phase process, the client’s privileges increase as well as responsibility.


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