Colorado Counseling and Consulting Services
Colorado Counseling & Consulting Services
2970 N. Academy Blvd, Suite 312
Colorado Springs, CO 80917
Phone: (719) 444-0250
Fax: (719) 444-0253

The Sex Offense Treatment Program at CCCS is a ful spectrum program designed to meet the Colorado SOMB or Sex Offender Management Board's Standards and Guidelines for evaluation, treatment, and supervision requirements. SOTP is a full spectrum program in that we provide services to both juvenile offenders as well as adult offenders along with training for informed supervisors or chaperones and other family therapy. We also have counselors available who provide treatment for victims of sexual abuse. Our therapists providing services for offenders, Tom Kurtz and Dudley Black, are full operating level juvenile and adult treatment providers approved by the SOMB; and Tom Kurtz is a full operating level juvenile and adult sex offender evaluator and administrator of the ABEL Assessment, for sexual interest.

The program is designed to identify, evaluate, and treat individuals who have committed sexually abusive behaviors. Sexual offending behavior occurs when there is a lack of consent, lack of equality, or the presence of coercion. While most individuals in this program are referred by the 4th Judicial District (El Paso County, Colorado) court or Probation Department because of felony convictions/adjudications of sexual assaultive behavior, some individuals in our program have misdemeanors and even fewer were not charged but have a sexually abusive history or sexual addiction. We have additionally provided services for Teller County, Fremont County, Douglas County, Lincoln County, and several other southeastern Colorado counties. The duration of this program for juveniles is generally eighteen months to two years of treatment however in some cases treatment may be either less or longer depending on individual circumstances. We also provide a similar program that is offered for juveniles who are either at a RISK for developing deviant sexual problems or who have committed lesser offenses. The adult treatment program is generally longer in accordance to their typcially longer probation sentences. On average adult sex offender treatment is approximately three years but as with the juveniles there are many variables effecting length of treatment. As a general rule treatment outcomes are most affected by the level of engagement, accountability, and responsibility of the offender.

Treatement Providers
Approved Colorado Sex Offender Management Board Treatment Providers for both juvenile and adult treatment:
Dudley-Siglar-Black, MA, LMFT, CHT
Thomas Kurtz, MA, LMFT

Approved Colorado Sex Offender Management Board Evaluator for both juvenile and adult evaluations:

Thomas Kurtz, MA, LMFT

SOTP Treatment is comprised of four phases

1. Phase One involves Assessment. All individuals who have committed sexual offenses are required by the SOMB Standards to have a comprehensive sex offense specific evaluation before entering into treatment. Usually this is done during the presentence investigation. Additionally, all individuals in this program must complete an assessment of their sexual arousal patterns via the ABEL Assessment for sexual interest or the Penile Plythysmograph (PPG). Finally, all participants must pass a polygraph examination regarding their sexual history. The purpose of these assessments is to help the offenders honestly disclose their sexual history so that appropriate treatment planning can be established.

2. Phase Two involves Engagement. All Individuals in this program must acknowledge their need for treatment, attend group and individual therapy sessions as required, cooperate and actively participate in treatment, participate in psychiatric services if needed, comply with all other mandates of court or probation order, and maintain a treatment journal and financial responsibility for their treatment. Generally all offenders will attend weekly treatment groups and a minimum of one individual treatment session per month. Parents or guardians of juvenile offenders must also comply with the court or probation contract, complete informed supervision training, and follow through with any recommended family therapy during this phase of treatment. Adult offenders must have a significant other or close friend complete chaperone training which is equivalent to informed supervision traiing. Failure to do any of the above is considered an engagement problem which could result in mandatory reporting to the referring agency.

3. Phase Three involves Intervention. This is the bulk of treatment in the SOTP program. It involves learning new skills and tools to manage moods, behaviors, and relationships; identifying antecedents or contributing factors to offenses; understanding acting-out and behavior cycles; developing victim empathy including understanding the impact offenses have on victims; realizing high risk behavior - the various kinds of offensive or abusive behaviors and developing skills to avoid them; and learning about healthy relationships and sexuality. Maintenance polygraphs will be required at a minimum of every six months to ensure accountability throughout treatment.

4. Phase Four involves Integration. During this phase participants create relapse prevention plans and present them to their group for the unanimous approval of their peers and therapists. All clients in the program must complete a maintenance polygraph demonstrating integrity upon completion of the program at this time. Also when appropriate, clients will clarify their offense with their victims and/or family, and complete family therapy and reunification. This is always cordinated with the victim's therapist and will occur only if it is in the best interest of the victim. The final task in the SOTP program that clients are required to do is to present their relapse prevention plan (RPP) to the referring agency. This is usually their Probation Officer who will help to determine whether the RPP meets the satisfaction and completion of the offender's court requirement.

Additional treatment is allotted to any offenders who have needs that significantly differ from the majority of individuals in this population. Special populations might include (but are not limited to) female offenders; developmentally disabled offenders; offenders who have other mental or emotional disorders or a pervasive developmental disorder (such as Aspergers Disorder), who have co-occurring mental disorders (such as Depression, Conduct Disorder, or ADHD), or have learning disabilities; or who have significant sexual abuse histories. We are skilled in working with all of these populations.

Types of Services

»   Offense Specific Evaluations: (see sex offense specific evaluation)

»   RISK (Healthy Sexuality Group)

»   Informed Supervision Training

»   ABEL Assessment for sexual interest: Sexual interest assessment may be implemented if not completed in offense specific evaluation, and later in treatment to measure progress.

»   Polygraph Tests: Used as a part of denier treatment - Note: this service is contracted-out as none of our providers are polygraphists. When at all possible this service is provided at our offices so the clients will be familiar with the environment where they are being tested.

Client Population
For the juvenile sex offender program (JSOP) any child or adolescents eight to eighteen years old who have committed a sexual offense or sexually inappropriate behavior may be admitted into the JSOP program. Offenders are selected for age appropriate groups with other offenders with similar issues. Older young men and women are accepted into the SOTP program if their offense is handled through the juvenile justice system. Both boys and girls groups are provided (not coed). We have a number of weekly JSOP groups currently meeting.

Pervasive Developmentally Disordered and Developmentally Disabled juveniles are usually treated individually and placed into a group milieu only as they are deemed appropriate and capable of thriving in the group milieu.

The Adult Sex Offender Treatment Program follows the same protocol as the JSOP program incorporating adult sex offenders into treatment groups with other offenders of similar issues. Some of the younger adult individuals from the JSOP program may be treated in the SOTP program if they are over the age of 18 and mature enough for adult treatment. Since most of the adults in our treatment program are not allowed to around minors, our treatment groups for juveniles and adults are at different times and usually different days.

Service Objectives
To assess and recondition deviant cognitions, arousal patterns, and behaviors to prevent further incidents of sexual abuse.

Service Time Frame
Offense Specific Evaluations: Interviewing, testing and report writing should be completed within two to four weeks from date of first session with client. Provider may be requested to offer an oral recommendation prior to the completion of the written report.

Offense Specific Treatment:
JSOP treatment is typically six to 24 months although individual circumstances may influence frequency and duration. Adult SOTP treatment is typically two to five years in length. Aftercare treatment groups are provided and strongly encouraged following completion of probation.