Sex Offender Treatment

The SCC Treatment Program Structure

The Special Commitment Center - SCC treatment program is a phase-based program that uses evidenced-based and best practice approaches in sex offender treatment. The SCC treatment program meets residents where they are at with regard to their motivation and readiness to address their sex offending. Clinicians then use specific motivational models and techniques to assist residents in exploring ambivalence about making changes and in helping them to move forward once they have decided to make changes.

In addition to the phase system, the SCC treatment program uses other approaches and models within to help residents explore thinking, errors in thinking, behaviors, and feelings associated with their offense histories, current life and overall functioning.  Given that treatment is individualized, the SCC treatment program focuses on what is in the best interest of the resident, what is important in reducing potential for re-offense and what skills, resources, and supports are needed in preparing a resident for an eventual and safe community transition.

Overview of phase system

The table below outlines the regular track phases and equivalent stages of change for special needs residents at SCC. The special needs track stage of change determination is a different process and is modified to address their individual and specific needs.


Regular Track Phases

Special Needs Track Stage of Change

Stage of Change

 Brief Description of Stage of Change


Stage of Change 1 (SOC1)


Individual is not ready to take action, and may not acknowledge or choose to acknowledge their offending and problematic behaviors. Often characterized  as being “in denial” or not concerned with behavior and/or consequences of behavior.


Stage of Change 2 (SOC2)


Individual presents with ambivalence about the decision to make changes. May vacillate back and forth with their thoughts, feelings and actions about making changes.  Often characterized by weighing the pros and cons, procrastination, or “straddling” both sides.


Stage of Change 3 (SOC3)


Individual presents with a plan of action and has come to their own understanding that something about their behavior isn’t working. Often characterized by “testing the waters” and trying things out to see what will work best


Stage of Change 4 (SOC4) non- accommodated


Individual presents with specific modifications to behavior within last six months and professionals agree that actions taken are helping to reduce risk of identified change behavior


Stage of Change 4 (SOC4) accommodated


Maintaining actions for six months to five years. Individual may be on Least Restrictive Alternative(LRA).

Transtheoretical Model’s Stages of Change (Prochaska, DiClemente, & Norcross, 1992)