Programs for sexual offenders

DCS delivers programs in prisons which address sexual offending behaviours.

  • Sexual Behaviour Clinic (SBC)  -  A program for offenders assessed as moderate-high and high risk of sexual reoffending. This is a high-intensity program of approximately ten months duration.
  • Sexual Behaviour Clinic - Moderate (SBC - mod) - A program for offenders assessed as moderate-to-low risk of sexual reoffending. This is a moderate-intensity program of approximately five months
    duration.
  • Sexual Behaviour Clinic - me (SBC-me) - A program for offenders assessed as having specific learning needs. This program runs for approximately 15 months and uses methods of program delivery including discussion, role play, art and drama therapy.

These programs address a range of treatment targets including:

  • cognitive (thinking) distortions
  • consent and legal sexual behaviour
  • empathy and victim awareness
  • emotional management
  • intimacy and relationships
  • problematic sexual fantasy and arousal
  • substance use and
  • safety and self-management planning.

An offender is assessed for suitability for this program after sentencing  and an individual plan is developed. This plan is monitored by case managers.

The Department of Health and Ageing’s  ‘Owenia House’ program delivers sexual offending programs in the community.