**Please note that this was written prior to Management Training Corporation taking over for Correct Care Recovery Solutions as the management of the facility. Sadly, nothing has changed and many things are worse or deteriorating under the current management.**
by A Current Civil Detainee
It is my firm belief that psychologists/therapists here at Texas Civil Commitment Center–TCCC, are doing a disservice to the profession of psychology. One would think that professional “sex offender treatment specialists” would act responsibly towards clients/residents by providing pragmatic, viable therapeutic solutions that support effective habilitation. Yet, therapists employed here initially by Correct Care Recovery Solutions, (which has been contracted by Texas Civil Commitment Office, to provide statutorily required sex offender mental health treatment) are constructively denying it.
As residents, what we are now being subjected to here is inappropriate, pseudo psychological-mishmash that is being mislabeled as psychotherapy. The CCRS therapists are lacking credible concern or consideration for resident’s overall welfare and human dignity as well. The impact of such hollow, unethical practices, based on a non-formative approach to psychotherapy is debilitating to say the least. Which is why CCRS employed psycho-therapists that are constructively undermining resident’s ability to build sound evidence, while progressively working towards successful re-integration with greater society. Which can be presented before the court, in order to effectively show residents improvement via habilitation. Thus, providing residents the means to effectively represent their liberty interest, by showing progress towards positive change.
Psychologists here at TCCC are not functionally aware nor cognizant of the potential fluctuations in resident’s mental health needs. Upon information and belief, this is the result of a lack of requisite formulation, which would allow therapists to effectively address the specific individual needs of residents undergoing treatment. Because of such negligence (lack of duty of care) there is almost a complete lack of understanding of the potential fluctuations in resident’s mental health needs. CCRS has employed treatment providers that are required to provide services that exemplify the highest levels of professional standards. Yet, therapists here at TCCC are choosing the path of least resistance, based on reliance upon unpredictable static actuarial tests…such as the STATIC-99. In basing objectivity on unreliable statistical data with false positives, the client’s individual treatment needs are neglected. Therefore, therapists are showing blatant disregard for client’s individual treatment needs.
It is my firm belief that in order to provide even minimally adequate sex offender treatment, (as mandated by the Supreme Court of the United States) this program needs therapists’ commitment, integrity, and a willingness to provide sincere concern for psychotherapeutic treatment protocol. Which cannot be compromised in any manner. Without such consideration, in conjunction with effective administration of psychotherapy, there can be no holistic benefits nor overall progress. Without programming aimed at advancement of resident’s well-being and safety, treatment should not be considered effective nor operational. CCRS therapists (as treatment providers) here at TCCC are not functioning as well trained, organized specialists under professional licensing, holding the welfare and advancement of residents in mind. Clear boundaries between treatment, supervision and evaluation roles have become blurred, causing psychotherapeutic modalities to falter becoming ineffective. This has resulted in a lack of motivational tools (such as tested and proven effective ancillary programs] which can promote effective habilitation. This in turn decreases both the quantum and quality of care requisite for professional level care.
Where effective self-management strategies could work and are needed, therapists fail to provide any equitable opportunities to residents to develop them. This stagnates treatment and prevents residents from becoming self-reliant, while building up self-esteem in conjunction with healthy self-awareness. Which could allow residents to overcome dysfunctional methods of coping, as well as the harsh stigmatization of being labeled as predatory, along with the negative effects of ongoing institutionalization.
Psychologists at TCCC are unwilling to rely upon realistic formulation, which will provide a valid foundational body of evidence, produced under a dynamic (real-time) research project. This un-diagnostic, nonsensical, one-size-fits-all approach used here does not represent ethical, sound psychiatry. Therapists should not be willing to ignore reason and viable real-time solutions, in favor of complete control and a paycheck.