Sexual Treatment and Arousal Management Program (STAMP)

 

The AversX Treatment Team has designed a specific program to help both the treating professional and the client to address the complex issue of deviant arousal.  One of the most important, often misunderstood, and perhaps the most neglected aspects to sexual offender treatment is assisting the client in reducing and replacing their deviant arousal, fantasies, and attractions.

 

Current literature available to practicing clinicians indicates the use of Arousal Conditioning to assist the client in reducing a client's deviant arousal is the most significant way of preventing future sexual recidivism. 

 

Behavioral modification is a directly observable and measurable process of changing behavior and thinking patterns; it is accomplished by combining positive reinforcement (rewarding good behavior) which strengthens wanted behavior, and aversive conditioning (punishing bad behavior) which weakens unwanted behaviors.

 

AversX is an integral part of this process.  It offers clinicians and clients the standardized tools to assist the process of giving the client the ability to make the necessary changes in their lives in order to live a healthy and offense free lifestyle.

 

AversX teaches the skills required in making changes.  It is up to the client to apply those skills to their everyday lives and to maintain a healthy and safe sexual patterns in their relationships.

 

There are five steps to STAMP out deviant arousal, attractions, and fantasies.  The term deviant is used to describe behaviors that have deviated from the healthy realm of average experience or that run against the written and unwritten social agreements and are harmful to one's self or to others.

 

Briefly, here is a description of the five steps; it is important that the treating professional is properly versed and certified in working with clients with sexually related offenses.  There are many potential issues that will likely present themselves as a client begins their journey of self improvement.  AversX offers training and seminars all around the world.  Training seminars include continuing education credits.  Contact stephen@aversx.com for more information. 

Look at our products page for our AversX STAMP manual.

 

Step 1: Aversive Conditioning

 

Aversive conditioning is a form of punishment where a person reduces a behavior by pairing the behavior with something unpleasant.  The most effective technique for controlling deviant behavior is the use of taste (gustatory) aversion or smell (olfactory) aversion.  Tasting or smelling an unpleasant substance, such as AversX Mouth Spray or AversX Inhalant, immediately following an unwanted behavior or deviant thought decreases the behavior and reduces the power of the deviant thought.  This technique has been widely used and has been proven effective to reduce deviant arousal and fantasies.  Taste aversion works by producing a mild phobic response which helps control unwanted impulses without purposeful effort.  AversX Mouth Spray is a safe, effective, and consistent aversion which, when used correctly, does not reduce adult appropriate sexual arousal.

 

Step 2: Minimization of Stimulus

 

This step involves reducing contact with persons or situations that have the potential to produce deviant sexual fantasies or arousal.  It is simply a method of avoiding temptation and reducing the potential for ongoing thoughts or arousal. Avoidance is proven beneficial in the reduction of unwanted behaviors, particularly in the process of behavioral change.

 

Step 3: On-Going Control of Desire, Fantasies, and Arousal

 

This step involves consistently applying the principles learned in step 1.  Consistency is important in producing the desired result of any behavior change program.  Strong sexual desires, fantasies, and/or arousal that goes unpunished will strengthen deviant arousal.  The pleasure associated with sexual thoughts and arousal is strongly reinforcing, these behaviors MUST be consistently punished

.

Step 4:  Cognitive Restructuring

 

This is all about changing the way the client thinks.  There is an old saying: "What the mind can conceive, it will seek to achieve"; cognitions are the thoughts that form the judgements, evaluations, and perceptions that dominate every person's awareness of events around them.  Thoughts can occur without conscious or deliberate effort, often they often happen outside our own awareness.  Our thoughts control our emotional and behavioral responses to specific events.  In order to effectively change behavior, one must identify and change their attitudes, belief, and values that make up distortions, or thoughts, that allow an individual to act on a deviant urge.  This step is about replacing faulty thinking with healthy thinking and it provides the client the chance to practice healthy, rational, and pro-social thinking.  Failure to alter deviant thoughts, beliefs, and attitudes, often result in an eventual return to unwanted behavior.

 

Step 5: Healthy Adult Relationships

 

When a behavior is removed, its void is filled.  It is recommended that the void is filled with a healthy, age appropriate, relationship.  Each individual involved in STAMP should have the goal to develop a loving relationship with an adult partner.  This step involves incorporating and improving dating skills, relationships skills, communication skills, and identifying specific sexual problems.  If the client is currently in a relationship, it is important the stress this has created is addressed and there is movement toward healing and recovery.

 

 

Please click HERE to order the STAMP treatment program or contact stephen@aversx.com to schedule a training seminar.