Sex Offender Counseling and Treatment Program (SOCTP)

Sex Offender Counseling and Treatment Program (SOCTP)


The Sex Offender Counseling and Treatment Program (SOCTP) is a comprehensive program of counseling and treatment offered by the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision for convicted sex offenders and other incarcerated individuals the Department identifies as likely to benefit from sex offender counseling and treatment based upon a study of their background.

The SOCTP is offered to those who have been identified as low, moderate/high, and high risk to reoffend. Individuals are assigned a risk level for treatment using a comprehensive process that utilizes both actuarial tools and clinical assessment.

In accordance with established best practice standards and, in compliance with the Sex Offender Management & Treatment Act (SOMTA), individuals will have the opportunity to participate in the program as time permits and according to their assessed risk level.

Once a participant is placed in the program, an individualized treatment plan will be created based upon static and dynamic risk factors that will guide the individual's treatment. Within the moderate/high risk program, the duration of services delivered will vary based upon the assessed risk factors of the individual participant.

For additional program details, please see the Guidelines in English or Guidelines in Spanish.

The length of the program is as follows:

Low Risk: 6 months
Moderate/High Risk: 9–12 months
High Risk: 15–18 months

Admission Requirements and Progress

Individuals eligible for this program include:

  • Individuals incarcerated for a sex offense or any crime where the description of the incident contains sexual offending behavior.
  • Guilty findings at a tier hearing per offender standards of behavior for any sexually abusive and/or assaultive act.
  • Parole violation for sexual offending behavior, offender returned to custody who was originally assessed prior to release as needing to participate in the Sex Offender Counseling and Treatment Program and did not complete the program, or offender whose violation characteristics meet the Department’s standard for required re-admittance to the program.

Progress is assessed based on: 

  • Attendance; should attend on a regular basis.
  • Group participation, including the quantity and quality of interaction.
  • Working on achieving program goals and helping other members.
  • Treatment team approach.
  • Willingness to identify and address problems related to sexual behavior.
  • Willingness to employ alternative thinking to alleviate behavior problems.