The Hopper Program treats up to 20 boys ages 12-18 with behavioral and sexual reactivity issues. Each boy that admits into the Hopper Program will have line-of-sight supervision during all awake hours and no more than 30 minute checks when asleep or in the restroom as prescribed by the therapist and outlined in policy.
The program consists of 5 phases that address individual risk factors that could lead to recidivism. The phases focus on several aspects of behaviors as well as what lead the youth to treatment and foster new coping skills and ways of thinking to reduce recidivism while in the community.
The phase include topics such as:
- Understanding why the youth is in treatment
- Setting personal goals and meeting them
- Empathy, leadership and community integration
To finish and successfully graduate from program, boys must complete all 5 phases of assigned treatment work.
Hopper Program Therapy
Within the structure of a modified therapeutic community, residents are encouraged to recognize and correct the cognitive distortion that enables their progression through the sexual abuse cycle. This includes acknowledgment and understanding of the negative impact of their behaviors on victim(s). Pro-social values, beliefs, and behaviors are expected and supported. Youth progressing through the program will demonstrate strong coping skills in the areas of:
- Anger management
- Problem solving
- Healthy sexuality
- Conflict resolution
Experiential work is very important as it helps to demonstrate or practice developing skills in a variety of role play settings while in a supportive environment for immediate feedback. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is also practiced.
“Thinking for a Change” group is a cognitive-behavioral based therapy group that aids with development of healthy decision making through an understanding of healthy decision making vs. cognitive distortions that lead to poor decision making.
A cornerstone of the Hopper Program revolves around developing and maintaining healthy and respectful relationships. Attachment work is very important, and is often a focal point in helping at risk youth learn to, and experience and enjoy, trusting relationships with others, and their ability to see other residents and staff as a source of support and strength. Community re-integration is the end goal.