Special Behaviors Unit —
Specialized Treatment for Unhealthy Sexual Behaviors

Woodbourne Center’s Special Behaviors Unit provides effective treatment for boys, ages 12-18, with a history of being both victim and perpetrator of unhealthy sexual behaviors. The program also serves boys with accompanying issues such as Autism Spectrum Disorders or Bipolar Disorders.

Current evidence indicates that the most effective treatment is based upon a foundation of non-judgmental attitude, empathy, genuineness, and warmth. Concern for victims and their need for respect, healing, empowerment, and ongoing safety is both the driving force and guiding principle to the successful treatment of youth with unhealthy sexual behaviors.

Programming is guided by current research-based, best-practice standards for assessment and treatment, and the program's central approach is multidisciplinary and collaborative, delivered with the goal to eliminate unhealthy behavior and maximize human potential and happiness. Respect for victims, clients, and the community guide all aspects of treatment.

Snapshot


Special Behaviors Unit


Youth Served: Males 12-18

Treatment Needs: Boys with moderate to severe physical or sexual abuse issues and/or neglect. May have complicating psychiatric issues such as Autism Spectrum Disorders or Bipolar Disorders. Documented unhealthy sexually behaviors, or compulsive/reactive sexual behaviors. Must be eligible for Maryland Medicaid or funded through another approved source.

Program Model/Services

  • Private bedrooms for residents' safety
  • Individualized treatment programming including family, group, milieu, and individual therapy
  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Family involvement in all aspects of treatment
  • 24-hour psychiatric and nursing services
  • Integrated psychosocial education
  • Sexual behavior risk assessments
  • In-house pediatric coverage
  • Referrals to hospitals/clinics for specialty consultations
  • Aggression Replacement Training (ART)
  • Community Restorative Justice (CRT)

Accreditation/Licensing

  • Accredited by The Joint Commission (TJC)
  • Licensed by the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Referral Sources

  • Department of Juvenile Services
  • Departments of Social Services
  • Core Service Agencies
  • Local school systems
  • Select child welfare agencies outside of the state of Maryland
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