Phase 1 of our program is orientation. During the first 21 days the youth become aware of the facility, expectations and rules. During this phase they also familiarize their parents with the day-to-day living expectations. The residents have very limited privileges on this phase.
The resident then advances to Phase 2. On this phase he addresses accountability. He takes responsibility for his life and those behaviors which led to his placement at Turning Point. The residents complete a personal autobiography and sexual history which helps the treatment team determine and identify the unique needs of each youth. This along with other material and assignments helps the youth take complete responsibility for their life and associated choices.
Phase 3 addresses the sexual assault cycle with the accompanying thinking errors. On this phase the youth addresses his own personal cycle and the thinking he used which allowed him to act on something which he knew was very wrong. The youth will also identify other patterns of thinking and behaviors that have been disruptive in their lives and develop ways of meeting their needs in healthier ways.
On Phase 4 the resident's focus is on victim empathy. Here the youth learns about the difference between primary and secondary victims. He begins to understand how his offense impacted numerous others in addition to the primary individual he assaulted. The resident continues to read a variety of books, listens to speakers who have been abused and hear how their life has been changed due to someone's sexual impropriety. The youth also views videos and completes written assignments to engage him in this process. Here, the real test for the youth is to see how he treats the other residents and staff. Victim empathy must be demonstrated in the living center instead of just written on or talked about. At this point in treatment the youth will participate in apology sessions when appropriate and work on making amends with the victims.
The youth has now made many important changes in his life and he begins to look at life after Turning Point. On Phase 5 he completes his relapse prevention plan. During this phase close examination is given to those factors that he will need to understand and abide by so that he never offends again. During this phase he is given more time off-campus and we begin to see if he can abide by his plan once he is out of direct sight of staff and therapists. Planning is initiated to determine where he will best be served and supervised once he leaves our intense program.
Our final phase is Phase 6. This phase is handcrafted by each therapist to help the youth to prepare for home, independent living or some other step-down program. We help our residents look at healthy lifestyles and becomes responsible in all of their behaviors.