Frequently Asked Questions
Can I contact YHA if my own son or daughter has exhibited problematic behaviors?
Yes. We are here to help. You can call or email us at any time with any questions whatsoever. We will treat your questions and concerns with the upmost respect and care.
What qualifies as “problematic behavior?”
Common behaviors include:
Does YHA only provide clinical services for sexual behavior problems?
While YHA specializes in professional clinical services and treatment for sexually aggressive youth, youth with sexual behavior problems, and victims of sexual abuse, we additionally treat the youth for multiple risk factors, including:
Illegal behaviors that result in physical injury, property damage, theft, or a sexual offense are often symptoms of an underlying, diagnosable disorder. YHA’s goal is to address and treat the disorder – not simply the behavior.
In conjunction with youth with sexual behavior problems, YHA provides clinical services for the following issues:
Is it true that all children or adolescents with sexual behavior problems have been sexually abused themselves?
No, not all children who abuse have been sexually abused directly. Sexual abuse experiences are certainly common in children who act out sexually but there are many children who act out sexually without experiencing direct sexual abuse. Typically, in YHA outpatient programs, as many as half the adolescents have not been sexually abused.
Other factors – such as ADHD, frequent or unsupervised access to younger children, use of drugs or alcohol, poor social skills, and social alienation – also play a role in the development of sexually inappropriate behavior in children and adolescents who have not necessarily been sexually abused.
Other factors – such as exposure to pornography, physical abuse, neglect, and poor parental boundaries – can also provide motivations that lead to sexual acting out. If you suspect that abuse has occurred, it is very important that you share this information with your child’s treatment provider.
What causes children and teenagers to be aggressive towards others, destroy property, steal, violate rules, and/or act out sexually?
Research has shown that these types of behaviors can be the result of any number of combinations of family and social learning as well as developmental, situational, or environmental factors.
In other words, children can develop these behavior problems for many different reasons, including physical or sexual abuse, exposure to domestic violence, repressive or overly permissive sexual attitudes, and home instability.
Often, the child or adolescent uses these types of behaviors as a coping response.
Other factors – such as poor impulse control, lack of sexual information, social alienation, and low self-esteem – can contribute to the engagement of these types of behaviors.
Peer pressure and alcohol abuse can also contribute to abusive sexual behaviors, such as date rape. With younger children who are either sexually naïve or very impulsive (or both), access to pornography may also play a key role.
Additionally, the quality of supervision and the presence of vulnerable people (potential victims) are important situation factors. Crowded living conditions, exposure to illicit or illegal activity or images are environmental factors that may contribute to these types of behaviors.
In summary, children and adolescents with these type of behavior problems are a mixed group and there is no single cause for their problematic behaviors. Every YHA facility will exhibit a cross section of society, including good students and below-average students, athletic and non-athletic youths, religious and non-religious clients, and high-functioning to lower functioning children.
In what settings are children and adolescents (both those with significant behavior problems and those with sexual behavior problems) treated?
Children who show aggression toward others, destroy property, disregard rules of the home and the law at large and those with sexual behavior problems can be treated on an outpatient basis if they are in a stable living situation that provides adequate controls and supervision. If a youth’s behavior, sexual or otherwise, is violent, or if the child’s parent or guardian feels unable to control the youth or protect an in-home victim, residential treatment is appropriate. It is important that parents find programs that specialize in working with these problems for children and adolescents.
How successful is YHA’s treatment for children and adolescents with sexual behavior and other significant behavior problems?
Recidivism is the term for reoffending, and the recidivism rate is one measure of how successful a treatment program is. Few studies of children and adolescents in treatment have gone beyond 5 years in researching recidivism. Several studies show reoffense rates as low as 8 to 15 percent over a 5-year period for children and adolescents without a serious history or delinquency or conduct disorder. YHA’s reoffense rates are close to 5 to 10 percent for youth in this same category. For adolescents with pervasive delinquent behavior patterns, as many as 50 percent continue to have problems with delinquent behavior, although that doesn’t always include reoffenses for the behavior that initially required them to receive residential treatment.
The good news is that it appears that many children and adolescents with sexual behavior problems do not grow up to continue their sexually abusive behaviors as adult sex offenders. With effective treatment and supervision, most children and adolescents with these types of behavior problems can remain in their communities and live successful lives.
How is success defined in the treatment of the youth at YHA?
Successful treatment means no additional acts of aggressive or illegal behavior (sexual or otherwise) for the duration of the child’s life. A client’s treatment progress, or lack of progress, is evaluated by looking at whether he or she has achieved certain measurable goals and objectives, is cooperative in treatment, maintains control of and responsibility for his or her own thoughts and actions, changes his or her abuse-supporting patterns of thinking, and makes changes in behavior that therapists and parents or guardians can see over time
The client is showing progress when he or she:
How long does treatment last?
That depends to a large extent on how long the child’s behavior problems have been occurring, how ingrained and compulsive the behavior is, and how intensive the treatment program is.
When parents and guardians are supportive, involved in treatment, and committed to providing appropriate supervision for their child, the process is often expedited. As a general rule, 12 months is a reasonable average for inpatient therapy with an absolute minimum of nine months. Adolescents with long histories of significant behavior problems may require more time in the program.
You can encourage your child to take responsibility for his or her own treatment, letting them know that the length of treatment depends to a large extent on how hard he or she works in therapy, the quality of his or her homework assignments, the level of participation in group and individual sessions, and his or her willingness and ability to apply what is being learned in treatment to situations in daily life.
What if my child denies doing any of the behaviors that he or she is accused of?
First, don’t be surprised. Most children and adolescents initially deny the full extent of their sexual behavior, especially when talking with their parents. In time, with counseling and support for telling the truth, most clients make gradual progress toward disclosing the full extent of their abusive behavior. The best thing you can do is listen carefully to your child’s story, note any inconsistencies, and reassure your child that its OK to tell you if their story changes at a later date.
Never support your child’s denial by agreeing that he or she could not have engaged in the misbehaviors. Avoid showing support for or belief in your child’s explanations or excuses. Even if you have your own doubts about what happened, be neutral and open to the possibility that anything may have happened.
What if my child’s behavior isn’t as bad as that of other children or adolescents in the treatment program? Will my child be exposed to even worse behavior or possibly victimized?
It is understandably difficult for many parents to see their child as a sexual offender or a criminal. Additionally, it is important to understand that most clients participating in outpatient treatment programs are working hard to learn new skills and get their lives under control. Most treatment groups are supportive places where clients can receive help for all of their life problems.
YHA enforces strict rules about behavior during group therapy sessions. YHA does not allow victimizing behaviors to take place during treatment and poor attitudes about sexuality, drugs, crime, and the like are strongly challenged. If you see behavior in or outside of the facility that concerns you, discuss it with your child’s therapist so that appropriate action can be taken.
To make a referral please contact…
Brian Garlock, LCSW, Owner
501 West 2600 South, Ste # 200
Bountiful, UT 84010
“I can never repay what YHA did for my son or my family!!! YHA provided a service for my son that others couldn’t!!! I found they always put the client first in every way!!!! Thank you sooo much for the invaluable service you provide!!!!!!”
“Because of YHA’s expertise with troubled youth, both of my clients are healthier than ever! They no longer have problems with their urges or their depression. I’m really impressed with this program.”
– DCFS Caseworker
“First of all they are people that DON’T and WON’T judge you for what you’ve done. They are there to help. The therapists there will help you if you allow them to, they don’t just go straight to what happened, they try to get to know you, and you, them. They are great with what they do and don’t tell you what to do just give you advice and see what you do with it over time. The staff there are there to help, not just have a job. Yeah, you may not like some of them but they are still there. Me personally, yeah, I am proud that there are ones that I didn’t like. It helped me learn that sometimes the people you don’t like are there to help. Then there are the ones that you like that are there to listen.”
– Former Client
“My experience at YHA was pretty good my therapist Jeff was one of the best therapists I’ve ever had while there and he helped me graduate the program. How YHA helped me was the the therapy I’ve gotten from them was the best I would ever receive in my life. it was a little scary going to the program but i overcame it and made myself a better person about two years into the program I started to slack off and do nothing but I decided I needed to get out and I finally picked myself up and worked the program and I finally graduated and moved on to proctor care. after that I went home and I started my life over again and I am doing just fine now. i liked how the groups were when I was there it helped when we disclosed what we did in our abuse and others abuse and helped each other through it. I still have my RPP and read it every once in a while to remind myself to be a better person and not fall into the same behaviors that I did to get into trouble so my RPP helped a lot. Thanks YHA for all you’ve done for me and for what kind of a person I am now and how I’ve changed my life.”
– Former Client
“When my son was first taken from my home I was very scared and unsure of our future.
I prayed that he would be given help and not just punished. I didn’t know what was available to help him in the way of programs but I hoped there was something. When I was first told he would be going into a group home I was nervous. I had no idea what kind of environment this was going to be and whether it would be the best for him or not.
“When I first met the staff at the home I was impressed. They seemed nice but I was still skeptical. They could be putting on a show for my benefit, I had no idea. When I drove away the first time from the group home I had to pull over to cry. I didn’t know what to expect, I prayed for the best, I told my son to continue to do his best and that was all I could do. Over the next few weeks I began to really like the people who were working with my son. They truly cared for the kids and I could tell. I couldn’t have been given a greater gift for my son. The group home was literally all that I had prayed for and more. There were people I met that went above and beyond anything I had hoped for. My son became a better person because of this program. I am so very grateful that this was available to him. I shudder to think of where he would be right now if he had simply been kept in jail. There is no doubt in my mind he wouldn’t have succeeded the way that he did if it hadn’t have been for the help of the group home and all the people involved. My son still loves to visit there and help out when he can. That speaks volumes to me as a mother. I am forever grateful.”
“YHA’s therapists helped me finally understand why my son sexually abused and what I could do to help him. They made it so clear and easy to understand. Reading YHA’s materials, meeting with the therapist, and watching my son grow made the process of treatment much easier on our family. It was almost as if my son’s therapist was right next to me helping me improve my relationship and make my home safe for my other children. Because of YHA’s treatment, I was no longer fearful of bringing my son back into the home. I can never thank them enough.”
“Brian and Mace – you have no idea how much you have helped me and how much time you have saved me in working with your organization to treat my clients. The experiential approach to therapy you have is truly the best way for my lower functioning clients to learn and remember the treatment material. Your interventions have made becoming a healthy and happy person a breeze for all of my referrals. Thank you very much.”
– DJJS Caseworker
“Thank you for filling a needed niche for this population. Your program was just what I was looking for: a great way to quickly and effectively treat my referrals. I have looked for some time trying to find a good program like yours and haven’t had much success. Thanks for filling this niche!”
– Educational Consultant
Therapeutic Foster/Proctor Care
What is Therapeutic Foster/Proctor Care?
A therapeutic care/proctor parent is an adult who provides the day-to-day parenting necessary to help prepare a child to return safely to his or her own home or permanent living arrangement. And yet, a proctor parent is also so much more.
Therapeutic care/proctor parents arrange education and medical and dental treatment for children in their care. They make sure that they attend school, exercise, and take part in positive activities. They help the children to learn, grow, and engage in positive behavior and relationships. They provide structure and goals while helping youth learn from their mistakes.
Simply put, therapeutic care/proctor parents play a selfless, vital role in enabling children to have a second chance at life, provide a service that simultaneously benefits the youth in their care and their community.
Become a Proctor Parent
The opportunities to teach and to learn from proctor parenting are endless. If you’re interested in becoming a proctor parent – or simply have questions – we’d love to hear from you.
In the meantime, learn more about the qualifications and expectations of proctor parenting.
Every youth placed in proctor care is assigned a tracker, who spends time with each youth every week.
The tracker’s responsibility is to teach the child important life skills that are necessary to be re-integrated into the community, all while being a positive role model to that youth. A major focus is on teaching basic life skills such as social skills, self- care, career planning, housing, money management, employment seeking, and continuing education.
Qualifications of Being a Proctor Parent
Home Checklist (Physical Aspects of Home)
Steps to Becoming a Licensed Home
Contact our office Program Directors for an interview:
(801) 226-7696 office
(801) 310-9690 mobile
The interview will consist of an overview of our program and to answer any questions you may have.
Complete Application and BCI Forms
At the end of the interview, you will be given an application and the BCI forms (Bureau of Criminal Investigation) to fill out. Return the completed forms to our office. All adults in your home 18 years of age or older must be fingerprinted and obtain a background check cleared through the Office of Licensing. This process can take up to several months.
Once the program director has reviewed your application and has determined that you meet the requirements, they will contact you to begin a home study.
Complete Home Study
Home study provides YHA with the comprehensive information needed to place children in your home. You will need to submit various documentation such as a marriage license (if applicable), last year’s income tax return, and medical reports completed by your physician.
Complete 32 Hours of Pre-Service Training
Once the BCI has been submitted for clearance you will begin the pre-service proctor parenting training. This training will improve your parenting skills and evaluate your own strengths as a proctor parent. You will gain knowledge and the necessary skills to work with at-risk youth, become certified in CPR and First Aid, and understand your rights and responsibilities as a proctor parent.
Certification of Home
Upon the successful completion of your pre-service training, home study and cleared BCI, you can become a licensed proctor parent. This means that you can now care for proctor children in your home.
You will then be contacted by our YHA proctor team if a possible placement is available and we will discuss whether the youth is a good fit for your home.
No More Victims, Inc.
No More Victims is on a mission to end the cycle of sexual abuse. And you can help.
Who We Are
No More Victims is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing professional treatment and care for youth victims of sexual abuse.
Many victims of abuse do not have the opportunity or resources they desperately need to address the ongoing emotional and physical trauma they experience in their daily lives. By providing these children – and their families – with education, advocacy, and mental health services, we can help these victims heal and reclaim their lives while preventing future abusive offenses.
Our mission is to end the cycle of abuse… one life at a time.
Help us end the cycle of sexual abuse.
Spread the word. Share the video. Share our message of hope and recovery. And above all, please consider making a donation. All donations are used to provide treatment and create awareness for the victims of abuse.
We’re always on the lookout for great people who might interested in joining the YHA team. There are many opportunities to help make a difference so if you’re passionate about helping others (or would simply like to learn a little more about us), we’d love to hear from you!
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