At The Global Prevention Project we provide habilitative treatment for individuals who have neurodevelopmental disorders (i.e., Autism Spectrum Disorder) and neurocognitive disorders (i.e, Traumatic Brain Injuries, Parkinson Disease). 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 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, and healthy life.
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, 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 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 diversionary 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.
The Global Prevention Project provides weekly individual therapy that emphasizes concrete and simplified concepts, therapy for parents or caregivers including spouses, family therapy, and a weekly Autism and Intimacy group. 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 impulse control disorder (which sadly, is a side effect to the main 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 that 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 the mental and medical health needs to best ensure that individuals are able to fully benefit from our specialized program.