Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to COVID-19
As updates on the impact of the coronavirus continue to be released, we want to take a moment to inform you of the heightened preventative measures we have put in place at Resource Treatment Center to keep our patients, their families, and our employees safe. All efforts are guided by and in adherence to the recommendations distributed by the CDC.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, on-site visitation is no longer allowed at Resource Treatment Center.

  • This restriction has been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • We are offering visitation through telehealth services so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services are being vetted and may be offered when deemed clinically appropriate.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

CDC updates are consistently monitored to ensure that all guidance followed is based on the latest information released.

  • All staff has received infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance has been provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are being monitored and utilized.
  • Temperature and symptom screening protocols are in place for all patients and staff.
  • Social distancing strategies have been implemented to ensure that patients and staff maintain proper distance from one another at all times.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • CDC informational posters are on display to provide important reminders on proper infection prevention procedures.
  • We are in communication with our local health department to receive important community-specific updates.

The safety of our patients, their families, and our employees is our top priority, and we will remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce any risk associated with COVID-19.

The CDC has provided a list of easy tips that can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

For detailed information on COVID-19, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Causes & Symptoms of Sexually Maladaptive Behaviors

Resource Treatment Center is committed to providing the best care in the least restrictive setting possible and offers a broad continuum of care designed to meet the needs of every child and family based on the individual needs and risks of each situation.

Understanding Sexually Maladaptive Disorder

When children and adolescents display an abnormal pattern of acting out in sexual manners that are grossly out of proportion to normal development, they may have sexually maladaptive behaviors. While sexual exploration and play can be considered a natural part of a child’s development, there are some behaviors that go beyond harmless, explorative curiosity and enter into a realm of dangerous consequences. When sexual behaviors reach this point, the physical and emotional well-being of the child is put at risk. Additionally, these behaviors can put the safety of those around that child at risk as well.

Sexually maladaptive behaviors occur across a broad spectrum and will present differently in each child and adolescent. They can range in severity and in the level of potential harm that threatens other children or animals. While sexually maladaptive behaviors, or sexual behavior problems, are not a specific diagnosis, they can be classified as a cluster of behaviors that exist outside that which is considered to be acceptable social limits. Additionally, sexual behaviors are considered to be maladaptive when they cause social impairment, disruption in daily functioning, and physical and emotional pain and discomfort to oneself and/or others.

Causes and Risk Factors

There can be many different reasons why children participate in inappropriate sexual behaviors. When children and adolescents are struggling with sexually maladaptive behaviors, however, it is important to keep in mind that, in the vast majority of the cases, the behaviors are not being conducted out of a need for sexual gratification. Rather, children who participate in such behaviors have likely experienced or are currently experiencing outside factors that have caused this maladaptive reaction.

Physical: Neuroimaging studies have provided evidence that children who engage in sexually maladaptive behaviors have variances in the way that their brains are structured. It is believed by some researchers that these variances can possibly be the result of mistreatment or the result of birth defects.

Environmental: It is extremely common that children and adolescents who display sexually maladaptive behaviors have been victims of some form of sexual abuse. In addition, for some children whose parents who have failed to set appropriate boundaries, are not present in their lives or do not play an active role in their lives, or who are addicts, may be at an increased risk for developing behavior disturbances and begin acting out sexually.

Risk Factors:

  • Having learned to masturbate as a means of self-soothing
  • Being exposed to sexual behavior at home or in the media
  • Being moved in and out of different foster homes
  • Having been the victim of sexual abuse / rape / molestation
  • Having been the victim of physical abuse, emotional abuse, and/or neglect
  • Exposure to others being made the victim of unwanted sexual acts

Signs and Symptoms

There are a variety of signs that may indicate that a child or adolescent is participating in sexually maladaptive behaviors. While the signs will vary from child to child, none should be ignored as they can be indicative that a greater problem exists. Some symptoms that may be displayed by a child or adolescent who is partaking in sexually maladaptive behaviors can include:

  • Blatantly ignoring rules
  • Having blatant disregard for figures of authority
  • Displaying unprovoked aggressive behaviors
  • Lacking age-appropriate social skills
  • Having hidden pornography, especially when under the age of 12
  • Disturbing toileting behaviors
  • Initiating inappropriate sexual contact with other children
  • Rubbing one’s body against others
  • Repeatedly exposing oneself in public settings
  • Causing harm to one’s own genitals
  • Inserting objects into one’s genitals or anus
  • Touching the genitals of animals
  • Trying to insert one’s tongue into another person’s mouth when kissing
  • Displaying an extreme and inappropriate curiosity about the bodies of adults and other children
  • Touching other children or adults in inappropriate ways
  • Making crude movements associated with sexual acts
  • Asking other children or adults to engage in sexual acts with him or her
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Effects of Sexually Maladaptive Behavior

When individuals engage in sexually maladaptive behaviors during their childhood and adolescence, and do not receive treatment in order to overcome such behaviors, the long-term consequences can be monumental. It is imperative that parents, teachers, or any other type of authority figure who notices this type of behavior being exhibited by a child or adolescent intervene and get him or her the help that he or she needs. When left unaddressed, the following effects can occur:

  • School difficulties / academic failure
  • Drastically lowered self-esteem and sense of self-worth
  • Developing an addiction to or dependence on substances
  • Lacking the ability to create and maintain lasting friendships
  • Lacking the ability to create and maintain healthy romantic relationships
  • Interaction with the legal system
  • Incarceration
  • Having to register as a sex offender
  • Inability to acquire and maintain employment

Co-Occurring Disorders

There are many cases where children and adolescents who participate in sexually maladaptive behaviors are also struggling with another psychological disorder. Examples of disorders that have been known to occur alongside sexually maladaptive behaviors include:

  • Anxiety disorders
  • Antisocial personality disorder
  • Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder
  • Communication disorders
  • Conduct disorder
  • Depressive disorders
  • Learning disorders
  • Oppositional defiant disorder
  • Substance use disorders

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