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Treatment of Youth Referred for Sexual Behavior Problems in Forensic Foster CareA Social Responsibility Therapy Program Description (From Handbook of Sex Offender Treatment, P 54-1 - 54-47, 2011, Barbara K. Schwartz, ed. - See NCJ-243091)

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James M. Yokley, Ph.D.
Date Published
47 pages
This chapter describes the treatment of youth referred for sexually abusive behavior along with other types of abuse that warrant treatment (i.e., physical abuse, property abuse, substance abuse, and trust abuse) with Social Responsibility Therapy in Forensic Foster Care.
Forensic Foster Care is a family-based treatment setting for multiple abuser youth whose externalizing behavior can result or has resulted in legal problems. Forensic Foster Care uses Social Responsibility Therapy (SRT) to help youth control multiple forms of abuse by developing social-emotional maturity as a competing response; developing an understanding of how abusive behavior was acquired, maintained, and generalized; and demonstrating the social responsibility to make restitution. The three basic treatment components of SRT in Forensic Foster Care involve socially responsible, research-informed treatment procedures and abuse rules with a community safety and security priority. The three basic SRT components are learning socially responsible behavior, maintaining socially responsible behavior, and beginning a socially responsible lifestyle. Forensic Foster Care provides an important level in the continuum of care for sexually abusive youth. Implementing this service enables a step-down treatment supervision process from residential treatment to Forensic Foster Care and finally to the traditional outpatient setting during a family reunification or independent living placement. 12 exhibits, 2 tables, and 119 references