At The Global Prevention Project we provide habilitative treatment for individuals who have neurodevelopmental disorders (i.e., Autism Spectrum Disorder), neurocognitive disorders (i.e, Traumatic Brain Injuries, Parkinson Disease) and learning disabilities. We individualize each person’s care depending on their specific emotional, mental, behavioral, and physical needs to ensure that they are provided with the most accurate interventions possible. When necessary, we collaborate with a medical and neuropsychological team as well as family members. As research indicates, we believe individuals with special needs do not benefit from being incarcerated but instead should be provided with accurate habilitative treatment to teach them how to recognize prosocial socio-sexual skills for living a safe, productive, and healthy lifestyle.
Again, one size does not, and should not, fit all when it comes to accurate treatment interventions, especially with individuals on the Autism Spectrum, those with brain injuries, learning disabilities, or those with Parkinson’s disease.
Individuals with Autism Spectrum (Traits or Disorder)
We have found that many individuals who enter the criminal justice system with non-contact problematic sexual behavior (i.e., on-line solicitation of a minor, viewing child pornography, some sexual harassment cases) have various special needs including traits of high-functioning Autism (hfASD) or what was once called Asperger’s Syndrome.
For these individuals, typical court-mandated Sex Offender therapy and rehabilitation is not a useful avenue for individuals and can actually prove harmful. This is because traditional sex offender programs are “rehabilitative” in nature and individuals with Autism need “habilitation,” which provides education to individuals who have never developed a skill. Therefore, our program is an effective avenue to mitigate risk in those with ASD. This avenue also aligns with the Risk, Needs, and Responsivity Priniciples that guide our criminal justice system.
We provide weekly individual and small, structured group therapy (e.g., Autism and Intimacy Group) emphasizing concrete simplified concepts related to social, sexual, and communication, as well as therapy for parents, caregivers and spouses. Our specialized programming provides the necessary support, skill building, and habilitation using concrete instructions, explicit delivery of concepts, and visual and active engagement in a safe, confidential and supportive environment.
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Parkinson’s Disease (and other neurocognitive deficits)
We understand that individuals diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease may have memory deficits including early onset dementia. They may experience higher levels of stress, depression, and anxiety as a result of their symptomatology. Along with this, they may experience sexual (or other) behavior that is problematic and/or have committed a sex crime as a result of having an impulse control disorder (which sadly, is a side effect to many medications for Parkinson’s Disease). At The Global Prevention Project we design a program that entails a multi-disciplinary clinical and medical team to ensure the individual has their medical and mental health needs met. This often entails a Geriatric Psychiatrist, a Nutritionist, a Medical Social Worker, Home Health Care, A Neurologist, as well as our clinical team at The Global Prevention Project.™ Regular contact with the team is essential for ensuring that the individual’s needs are adequately being met while addressing, as best as possible, their problematic sexual behavior. We are aware that individuals with Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) who have problematic sexual behavior also have various medical and mental health needs. Therefore, similar to individuals with Parkinson’s Disease, our team is sensitive to these mental and medical health needs to best ensure that individuals are able to fully benefit from our specialized program.
In the media:
We encourage professionals (clinicians, attorneys, judges, law enforcement, educators) as well as individuals on the autism spectrum and their family members to listen to the following podcast interview by autism advocate Dr. Nick Dubin, and presentation by Attorney/Autism Advocate Mark J. Mahoney (Note: these interviews and presentations are not part of The Global Prevention Project):