The YWCA of Kaua`i’s Sex Offender Treatment Program works with court-referred adult offenders who are in need of treatment. The program is designed to reduce recidivism among sexual offenders and increase community safety. Staff members provide comprehensive, professional and effective treatment that identifies individual risk factors and closely monitors each client. Treatment includes intensive group, individual therapy and psycho-educational services, and the program uses a relapse prevention model to reduce the chances of re-offence and increase community safety.

The goals of SOTP treatment are to help participants:

  • acknowledge the full nature and extent of their sexually inappropriate behavior and/or antisocial problems
  • learn to control their deviant arousal patterns
  • develop victim empathy
  • identify, confront and change cognitive distortions or thinking errors
  • understand and intervene in their deviant cycles so that the lapses do not lead to a relapse
  • learn to solve non-sexual problems in non-sexual ways

All offenders who participate in the program must continue to show progress or they are dropped from the group. Evidence of progress includes:

  • physical participation
  • acceptance of responsibility for offenses
  • intellectual understanding of risk factors
  • emotional understanding of impact of offenses
  • behavior change and practice rehearsal of new skills
  • assertiveness and willingness to help other group members in their learning
  • periodic polygraph assessment