HOPE Program

Scientific Rating:
NR
Not able to be Rated
See scale of 1-5
Child Welfare System Relevance Level:
Medium
See descriptions of 3 levels

About This Program

The information in this program outline is provided by the program representative and edited by the CEBC staff. HOPE Program has been reviewed by the CEBC in the area of: Sexual Behavior Problems Treatment (Adolescents), but lacks the necessary research evidence to be given a Scientific Rating.

Target Population: Sexually reactive children (age 12 and up) and sexually abusive children and adolescents; also used for adult sexual offenders

For children/adolescents ages: 12 – 25

Brief Description

The HOPE Program works with adolescent clients in individual and group settings. The program specializes in forensic and cognitive behavioral therapy, as well as general psychotherapy for individuals, couples, and families coping with emotional, behavioral, and psychological challenges. The HOPE Program also offers treatment approaches for family reunification and safety planning.

Program Goals:

The goals of the HOPE Program are:

  • Providing crisis intervention
  • Reducing negative or destructive behaviors
  • Managing emotions
  • Overcoming and learning to cope with problems such as sexual, physical, and emotional abuse

Essential Components

The essential components of the HOPE Program include:

  • Based on the following premises:
    • Every client is an individual who deserves the highest quality of care and the opportunity to overcome past or current harmful behaviors and the right to live a healthy, happy life that is free from abuse.
    • All members of families are affected by sexual abuse: including the child who was sexually abused, the person who has offended sexually, and extended family members.
    • The person who has offended is the responsible person; however it is paramount that the family, victim, and offender receive appropriate services in order ensure the offender and the victim are provided with the opportunity to prevent future offending and the victim receives the opportunity to work through his/her own victimization.
    • Each individual in the family is given the opportunity for supportive services. The objective is for the individual and the family unit to move forward in a healthier, better functioning, and appropriate manner.
  • The HOPE Program utilizes the support of the court in order to ensure the safety and well-being of children and family members. Sex offender treatment is often shameful for individuals to participate in and therefore utilizing the support of community resources and criminal court can be necessary.
    • Upon intake, all individuals undergo an initial intake, which is an empirically informed assessment that guides the client’s and family’s treatment planning.
    • Clients are then assigned to an appropriate treatment track (e.g., group, individual and/or family therapy).
    • Treatment is guided by the components of the comprehensive evaluation.
    • For the sexually offending adolescent, treatment consists of:
      • Reducing risk factors to re-offend
      • Learning about victim impact
      • Recognizing risk for sexual re-offending & learning prevention awareness
      • Enhancing parent-child communication/relationships
      • Developing a support network
      • Enhancing social relationships
      • Addressing intimacy deficits
      • Addressing cognitive distortions (i.e., unhelpful thoughts) supportive of offending
      • Enhancing prosocial sexual attitudes
      • Increasing accountability for sexual offenses
      • Enhancing healthy sexual interests
      • Enhancing affective expression/regulation
      • Enhancing awareness of victim impact
      • Enhancing self-esteem
      • Increasing ability to manage impulse control
      • Decreasing compulsive use pornography, when necessary
      • Developing a safety plan/relapse prevention plan
  • Treatment goals for a sexually reactive or sexually abused adolescent should be age appropriate for the child and take into consideration if family reunification will take place. Pending the outcome of a comprehensive assessment of the sexually reactive child, specific treatment goals could include:
    • Engaging the child in the therapy process.
    • Preparing the child and allowing them express themselves in a safe, non-abusive environment
    • Reducing the child’s guilt (overcome self-blame)
    • Supporting the child as he/she comes to terms with the abuse
  • For sexual offending adolescents - The HOPE Program consists of individual psychotherapy sessions, group sessions (with 7 to 8 clients per group), and family therapy (only if appropriate). For sexually reactive adolescents - The HOPE Program consists of individual psychotherapy sessions and family therapy when appropriate.

Child/Adolescent Services

HOPE Program directly provides services to children/adolescents and addresses the following:

  • Sexually reactive or sexually abusive
Services Involve Family/Support Structures:

This program involves the family or other support systems in the individual's treatment: When appropriate, family members are encouraged to participate in group or family therapy setting. Based on the client’s need, the clinician will determine the best, safest course forward when working with family members. The HOPE Program offers each family member their own treatment program which may consist of individual, group, couples, or family therapy. The work one does in their own therapy is often beneficial to the family unit.

Delivery Setting

This program is typically conducted in a(n):

  • Outpatient Clinic

Homework

HOPE Program includes a homework component:

Homework is goal-specific and tailored to the client’s individual needs. It addresses the topics identified above under treatment components. Treatment module examples are:

  • Development of a safety plan
  • Identifying triggers that lead to acting out
  • Development of thought records

Languages

HOPE Program does not have materials available in a language other than English.

Resources Needed to Run Program

The typical resources for implementing the program are:

  • Group and individual therapy rooms
  • Projector for PowerPoint presentation in group therapy and case management/containment meetings
  • Television and DVR player
  • Computers and printers
  • Whiteboard
  • Art supplies
  • Treatment videos

Minimum Provider Qualifications

Master's degree in Social Work, Master's in Psychology, Doctoral level psychologist.

Education and Training Resources

There is not a manual that describes how to implement this program; but there is training available for this program.

Training Contact:
Training is obtained:

Workshops; consultation

Number of days/hours:

Dependent on needs of organization

Relevant Published, Peer-Reviewed Research

This program has been reviewed and it was determined that this program lacks the type of published, peer-reviewed research that meets the CEBC criteria for a scientific rating of 1 – 5. Therefore, the program has been given the classification of "NR - Not able to be Rated." It was reviewed because it was identified by the topic expert as a program being used in the field, or it is being marketed and/or used in California with children receiving services from child welfare or related systems and their parents/caregivers. Some programs that are not rated may have published, peer-reviewed research that does not meet the above stated criteria or may have eligible studies that have not yet been published in the peer-reviewed literature. For more information on the "NR - Not able to be Rated" classification, please see the Scientific Rating Scale.

Child Welfare Outcomes: Not Specified

Currently, there are no published, peer-reviewed research studies for HOPE Program.

References

No reference materials are currently available for HOPE Program.

Contact Information

Name: Shannon Smith, LCSW
Title: HOPE Program Director
Website: www.hopeprogram.biz
Email:
Phone: (510) 764-2428 x13
Fax: (510) 764-2428

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: October 2013

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: May 2012

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: May 2012