The lead sex offender treatment outfit in Maine seems to be Klinikos a group therapy program based in Augusta, Maine. I often see probation revocations based on non-compliance with the Klinikos program. As convicted sex offenders are often required (with very few exceptions) to attend "approved" program and the probation officers who approve the program most often choose Klinikos, it behooves attorneys advising on the future to understand the program and for clients to understand what they are getting into.
My second-hand impression of Klinikos is a more or less standard issue group therapy approach. The important features in terms of avoiding revocation are:
- constant and on-time attendance
- prompt payment of fees
- full and open participation in the group sessions
I am out of the country at the moment and so do not have ready access to some of my old files more fully describing the program and how clients run afoul of its precepts. I will update this post when I get access to my files again. In the meantime, if anyone has original Klinikos documentation or war stories (from reliable or confirmable sources) I would be interested in posting the information here for everyone's future reference. If the staff of Klinikos itself would like to give some input, I would welcome it. I will also issue a post about Behavioral Health Services in Bangor and other outfits or individuals in Maine, New Hampshire or Massachusetts who conduct these types of therapy so if you are or are aware of such programs drop me a line.
"The mission of the staff at Klinikos is to lessen the related suffering caused by sexual assault by working with those who are the source of the abuse to stop the cycle NOW and to promote healthy lives for all by providing, treatment,education and community collaboration."
- Director Kay I. Landry, L.C.S.W.
- Assistant Director Dawn Ego, L.C.S.W.
- Education Co-coordinator Randy Brown
- Group Facilitators
- Dawn Ego
- Randy Brown
- John Giguere
- Kay Landry
- Maine Treatment Directory (2000)
IN THE NEWS
- In Reaction to the April killing of two sex offenders in Maine. From the Portsmouth Herald
"Kay Landry, a therapist who works with sex offenders, agreed that changes should be made to keep those who are more likely to re-offend on the list. "Entire families are hurt by this (registry) at this time and they’re scared," said Landry. "Public safety means public safety and they are part of the public.""
"Commission member Kay Landry shared her professional observations and estimated that
the cost of one year of treatment is about $2,500 and is usually paid by the offender
seeking the treatment."
- Overcoming Resistance, Cognitive Distortions and Demographic
Treatment Obstacles Kay Landry. Lecture session at a British conference in 1999 entitled Forensic Psychotherapy in the Public Sphere