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Tanner Intensive Program for Behavioral Change (TIP)

The Tanner Intensive Program for Behavioral Change (TIP) partial hospitalization program treats adolescent boys (age 12-17) who have offending sexual behaviors. The program offers four hours of treatment per day, Monday through Friday, as well as meals and transportation. Treatment lasts approximately four months depending on the progress of the patient.

The treatment is offered to boys whose inappropriate sexual behaviors allow them to continue living in the community, but are severe enough that weekly treatment in individual or group sessions will not be effective. The youth participates in group, individual and expressive therapy as well as psychological education.

Family therapy is a key component in treating this type of problem. Individual family sessions are provided; multi-family group sessions may be requested. A victim prevention plan helps create safer home environments, educates caregivers, and assists schools in supporting these youth while protecting other children. Polygraph assessments help the teens to be honest and accountable for their behavior, while the program lowers their risk of re-offending.

The TIP program has treated more than 200 patients from seven area counties, with a consistently low 2.5 percent sexual recidivism rate, as compared to the national norms of sexual recidivism of 5 to 13 percent for treated youth.

Our stories of success contribute to fewer sexual abuse victims, safer neighborhoods and schools, fewer teens in detention centers, more teens being raised by their families and living in their communities and, ultimately, fewer adult predators in our region.

Consider, for example, a 13-year-old male who entered TIP. He came from a drug-addicted family and an unstable living environment.  He struggled with impulsive, sexually-acting-out behaviors with his younger sibling. He received treatment within the TIP program, was placed in a healthy living environment and learned healthy behaviors. 

After graduation from TIP, the program tracked his progress. He has now graduated high school with honors and has enrolled in college to study psychology so he can help others. To our knowledge, this teen did not ever reoffend, and he has become a healthy, contributing adult in our community.

If you think you or a loved one may benefit from any of the above programs, please call our help line at 770.836.9551.

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