A multidisciplinary, outpatient mental health practice, providing personalized, effective services to individuals and families, and specialized assessment/treatment services for the courts. Our whole-person approach addresses your unique mental, emotional, and behavioral health needs.
All treatment at Emergence begins with an intake, otherwise known as a diagnostic assessment. This assessment is where we begin the treatment process and start developing treatment goals in collaboration with the client. The client’s needs are assessed, and plan of action is developed based on the information gathered.
A diagnostic assessment consists of an interview with the client and culminates in a report documenting the client’s functioning and needs. The report includes the client’s current mental health status, history, the nature and severity of mental illness/behavioral difficulties, functional impairment, strengths, and resources.
A diagnostic assessment is necessary to determine a client’s need and eligibility for services. From this assessment we determine program placement.
Intervention Program for Men Who Buy Sex
Our insight program is an innovative program designed specifically for men who buy sex. Primarily men in this program have solicited a prostitute either on the street or via the internet. Some men in this group have solicited sex in exchange or money from someone who was not a prostitute. The program focuses on the reasons behind men’s decisions to pay for sex. Our aim is not to fixate on guilt and shame, but instead bring men on a journey regarding their association with prostitution through assessment, education, self-awareness, and attitude and behavior change. The program's goal is for men to gain insight into their actions and evaluate areas of their lives that might benefit from additional therapy exploration. This is a day-long educational and interactive program that takes place in a group setting.
Sexual Offending Treatment Program
Our Journey program is an outpatient program that provides holistic, effective treatment to adults at risk to commit a harmful sexual act or who has committed an illegal sexual offense. Our whole-person treatment model empowers clients to improve their lives, manage risk for future harmful behaviors, and increase the community's safety.
The program—comprised of education and therapy using a group process—covers several topics related to personal and sexual history, patterns of abusive behaviors, relationships, communication, impact of harmful behavior, management of emotions, healthy sexuality, and developing a re-offense prevention plan.
Treatment begins with a diagnostic assessment and treatment planning. We develop a personalized treatment plan and assign clients to a treatment group (if appropriate). After diagnostic assessment, the client enters Phase I, where they learn how to do group therapy, begin to explore factors that may have contributed to their behaviors, and develop a plan for their treatment. The client then move to Phase II, where they explore in-depth their treatment plan goals. Finally, they move to Phase III, where they step down to a lower level of care and begin the transition out of treatment.
Treatment typically consists of weekly group therapy and monthly individual and or family therapy. Whenever possible, we include families in the treatment process to optimize recovery. The length of treatment depends on each client's needs and level of motivation.
These evaluations, also known as risk evaluations, consist of one or more interviews with the client. Questionnaires, indexes, and assessments are completed during evaluation, including sexual inventories designed explicitly to assess sexual offenders. Contacts may be made with the client's family, attorney, investigating office, community service officer, other therapists, and others who may be involved and verify a client's personal and offense history. These evaluations can be completed at our office or while the offender is in custody.
Healthy Sexuality and Boundaries
This therapy is designed to provide education, guidance, and personalized treatment for clients who exhibit problematic sexual behaviors but have not been referred for a full treatment program. This program is focused on healthy sexuality and boundaries and is a 16-week group. Group members meet weekly for both group and individual sessions. The pace of the program is quick so clients must be motivated to attend consistently, stay on task, and move along together.
Chaperone/ Supervision Training
This class is designed to educate friends or family members about proper supervision techniques, roles, responsibilities, and expectations of an approved supervisor. This training takes place in a group setting. Friends of r family members interested in this training must have access to and be able to bring with them the statement of probable cause for the offender they plan to supervise as well as the probation conditions. Once this training is completed, the supervisor receives a letter stating they participated and completed the training. Approval of the individual to be a supervisor for the client is ultimately up to probation, child protective services, and the treatment provider.
Pornography addiction is a real health issue experienced by more than 200,000 Americans. Although the topic may make some people uncomfortable, it is an important issue to address. Pornography is often used as a distraction to avoid dealing with difficult emotions and to escape into fantasies. Our therapists explore these underlying issues with the client and help them re-engage in reality in a healthy manner. Therapy for porn addiction targets the issues of denial, shame, loneliness, intimacy problems, and anxiety that can accompany and contribute to an addiction to porn. We believe that providing our clients with unconditional positive regard is especially important in the recovery process. Treatment utilizes research-based practices to increase clients’ awareness of their maladaptive thoughts and understand how their behaviors prevent them from living a full life with healthy relationships, intimacy, and sex. The ultimate goal of porn addiction therapy is decided by the client with the help of their therapist. For some, it may be a reduction in their porn consumption and minimizing the negative impact it has on their lives, and for others it may be to stop watching pornography entirely. Treatment may also be supplemented by joining additional support groups and increasing healthy lifestyle activities to enhance the effectiveness of therapy and decrease the chances of relapse.
Juvenile Sexual Offending Treatment Program
Ignite is an outpatient treatment program designed to treat juveniles between the ages of 13 and 18 who are at risk of committing a harmful sexual act or have committed an illegal sexual offense. The treatment model is non-shaming and designed to empower the juvenile to improve their lives, manage risk for future harmful behaviors, and increase the community's safety.
The program is comprised of education and therapy using a group process. Treatment begins with diagnostic assessment and treatment planning. Once assessment is complete, the client is assigned to a weekly treatment group (if appropriate) that meets for one hour. Juveniles also meet with their therapist at a minimum of once monthly for individual or family sessions.
Family plays an integral role in recovery and is included in the treatment process whenever possible. We also work closely with probation agents to ensure the requirements of probation and the courts are met.
The goal is for the client to emerge as an individual with improved self-image, identify abuse and appropriate boundaries, take responsibility for their behavior, maintain healthy, supportive family and peer relationships, and manage or reject abusive thoughts/fantasies, seeking support when needed.
Treatment is highly individualized, and the length depends on each client’s needs and level of motivation. Most juveniles can complete the program in 12-18 months.
Emerging Adult Sexual Offending Treatment Program
Our Emerge program is an outpatient program that provides holistic, effective treatment to emerging adults between the ages of 18 and 23 who are at risk to commit a harmful sexual act or who have committed an illegal sexual offense. The program is designed to meet the unique needs of persons who are transitioning from adolescence to adulthood. The treatment program takes a positive and non-adversarial approach, the program utilizes a developmental approach to help the individual successfully benefit from the maturation process that will help maximize their potential leading to a healthy sexual future free from harm.
Transitional Aftercare Program
TAP is a maintenance and continuum of care program for clients released from prison who participated in treatment while in prison or civil commitment. The program is designed to aid in the preparation of a well-organized and healthy transition into the community. TAP is an extension of treatment—our goal is to help clients strengthen and apply the cognitive, behavioral, social, and vocational skills they’ve learned as they transition into society.
Participants have already developed a detailed release plan addressing all aspects of a sober and crime-free lifestyle after release and a re-offense prevention plan. The purpose of TAP is to reinforce these plans and address any difficulties after release. Emphasis is placed on enhancing and expanding opportunities for positive future life choices that would support a healthy lifestyle and reaffirming coping skills and relapse prevention strategies.
This program is provided for as long as the participant's individual needs indicate it is beneficial to their goals of sobriety and a prosocial lifestyle. Expected attendance is 12 months, or at the discretion of the treatment provider and parole agent. Treatment groups meet every other week for 1.5 hours.
Intensive Treatment Program
Understanding that not all clients have the same level of risk, Emergence has created programming designed to work with clients determined to have moderate to high needs. This programming is an intensive program designed to meet the needs of clients with antisocial backgrounds, treatment-resistant history, moderate-high criminogenic needs, or moderate-high stable dynamic risk factors.
Clients with moderate-high risk/needs (as rated by the STABLE-2007) have different treatment needs and are less likely to succeed in typical outpatient programming. These clients require more intensive interventions initially to address behavior patterns and reintegration needs.
The program addresses stable dynamic risk factors related to sexual offending, reintegration challenges and criminogenic needs. If these areas are addressed, it can substantially reduce the likelihood of sexually abusive behavior, instability in the community, and continued criminal behavior engagement. The program's goal is to effectively address specific risk and needs of the clients with a goal of improved functioning and reduced criminal or abusive behaviors in the community.
Clients engage in a weekly core group that meets for 3 hours to discuss risk management and participate in a Transition group every other week for 1.5 hours to discuss reintegration and re-offense prevention challenges/strategies. Once appropriate, clients transition from the weekly core group to their every other week Transition group until they are suitable for discharge.
Our Voyage program is a one on one program that is individualized to each client's specific needs. Some clients engage in this treatment as part of a treatment mandate, while others seek this therapy voluntarily to achieve self-improvement. This program is highly individualized, and a treatment plan is developed to address specific issues that can range from several types of sexual behaviors.