Frequently Asked Questions:
Three good indicators are specific sexual behaviors, patterns, and risk. What specific behaviors is your son engaging in? How often or under what circumstances do these behaviors occur? Finally, what risk is he willing to take to continue those behaviors?
It is important to recognize that generally speaking, pornography and other sexual behaviors you may know about are usually just the tip of the iceberg. There are typically many more occurrences parents know nothing about.
You should also keep in mind that some sexual behaviors are common and “normal” among adolescents.
- Sexually explicit conversations with peers
- Obscenities and jokes within cultural norm
- Sexual innuendo, flirting and courtship
- Interest in erotica
- Solitary masturbation
- Hugging, kissing, holding hands
- Foreplay, (petting, making out, fondling) and mutual masturbation
- Stable or Serial Monogamist intercourse: Stable monogamy is defined as a single sexual partner throughout adolescence. Serial monogamy indicates long-term (several months or years) involvement with a single partner which eventually ends and is then followed by another.**
**There may be moral, social, religious or familial rules that discourage this behavior, but these behaviors are not abnormal or illegal when private, consensual, equal, and non-coercive.
Mount Pleasant Academy provides a positive environment where strong boundaries are maintained. Our culture promotes safety and accountability. Students who are more advanced in their clinical work take a leading role in providing positive mentoring for newer students. Mount Pleasant Academy provides an open and honest culture where students can discuss their issues without fear of rejection by their peers or therapists. Because of that, there is less likelihood of negative acting out. Students hold each other accountable for their behaviors and help each other stay focused on treatment progress.
The first step is developing an open and honest dialogue with your children. Help your children understand what boundaries are expected in the home. It is also very important that parents have as much control as possible over the computers and other electronic devices in the home to insure that inappropriate information is not being accessed or viewed.
We understand sexual issues are generally symptomatic of other non-sexual problems which may include anxiety, depression, stress, poor social skills, and sexual identity confusion.
Because of our highly specialized treatment environment, students are able to fully disclose, some for the first time in years, the extent of their behaviors without fear of shocking their therapists or being ostracized by their peers. They can discuss their problems without shame, guilt, or secrecy. This is not the case in other programs, where students are often ostracized and frequently expelled once they disclose their sexual history.
If a student does not feel safe he will not divulge the extent of his behaviors nor will he participate fully any therapeutic interventions.
Currently there are very few programs which specialize in treating adolescent males with sexual behavioral problems. Many programs will say they address these issues but they do not provide the kind of treatment environment where a student feels completely safe to discuss sexual issues. If this environment is not in place, students simply will not engage. Mount Pleasant Academy is one of a few programs across the country that has been developed specifically to address adolescent male sexual behavioral problems.
Our open enrollment policy allows students to enter treatment at any time providing we have space available and he is a good fit for our program. Consult with our Admissions Counselor to determine your options.
Our academic program is accredited through the Northwest Accreditation Commission as well as certified through the state of Utah. All of our teachers are licensed professional teachers.
If your son has earned credits from an accredited school or program those credits will transfer to Mount Pleasant Academy. Students leave Mount Pleasant Academy with an official transcript to facilitate transferring credits earned at Mount Pleasant Academy to other schools.
Students may transition from Mount Pleasant Academy to a variety of placements. Some return home and enroll in public schools. Some go to boarding schools or therapeutic boarding schools. Some of our former students go on to colleges and others choose independent living programs. From the moment the student enters Mount Pleasant Academy, therapists will be working with the student and his family to develop a transition plan for a successful life after Mount Pleasant Academy.
Treatment direction and duration is usually determined after a comprehensive 90-day evaluation. When all of that information has been compiled, the therapy team recommends a course of treatment appropriate for each individual student. Length of stay is primarily determined by the student’s willingness to work and complete his specific treatment plan. Depending on the student’s issues and his resistance to therapy, the average treatment stay is eight to thirteen months.
The most important part of the 90 day evaluation is determining the appropriate course of treatment. After the evaluation is complete it may be decided that a young man does not need an intensive residential program and can benefit from an in-home therapeutic intervention. If this is the decided course of treatment we will work with the family to establish services in home. If, however, the evaluation recommends a specialized residential program we will work with the family to help them understand the treatment and determine the appropriate course.
Students and families are prepared for home visits in Phase 3 of treatment. Visits are arranged with parents and coordinated through the student’s therapist. Parents are also allowed to visit their son in Utah. We do not offer lodging accommodations for those visits. We request the parents coordinate these visits with their student’s therapist to make sure they occur at times that are therapeutically optimal.
Mount Pleasant Academy is not a boot camp. It is a specialized residential treatment program designed to help students effectively deal with sexual behavioral problems. It is not shame based or confrontational. It is a strength-based program.
Mount Pleasant Academy uses a secular approach based on professional standards in treating students with sexual behavioral problems. Over the years, we have observed that many of our students have a desire for more spirituality as they begin to overcome their sexual issues and see themselves and others differently. We work closely with our families to provide their student with any religious needs parents desire.
Many of the families we work with have expressed frustration about previous treatment programs that have been unsuccessful in helping their son. Some of the programs have helped their son in certain areas of his life but were unable or unwilling to work with his sexual issues. Mount Pleasant Academy specializes in helping students with sexual behavioral problems. However, we take a holistic approach and also help our students with non-sexual issues as well as: anxiety disorders, drug issues, alcohol issues, depression, self harm, anger issues, social issues, and other diagnoses. We have found that once our students gain competency in dealing with their sexual issues the other areas they struggle with begin to subside and they are better able to manage the stressors in their lives.
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It was difficult to find a program that specialized in the problems we were facing with our son. We are so thankful to you all for doing what you do to help families who have nowhere else to turn.Erina K. - Miami, FL