Pennsylvania Forensic Associates

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Treatment Philosophy

Pennsylvania Forensic Associations maintains that sexual offense is primarily premeditated, self-reinforcing criminal behavior that impacts the victim, perpetrator, families and community.  For this reason, our treatment approach emphasizes comprehensive assessment, family involvement and close cooperation with the judicial system, child welfare and law enforcement agencies. 

Our approach to the offender is respectful but firm and therapeutically challenging when required.  Above all, the expectation of personal responsibility and accountability are reinforced and expected in every phase of evaluation and treatment. 


Mission

The mission of Pennsylvania Forensic Associates is to promote community safety and to end the cycle of exploitation through direct treatment, education and cooperation with private and public social and law enforcement agencies. 


Core Values

Pennsylvania Forensic Associates ascribes to the following core values:

  •  To be committed to community protection and safety.
  •  Treat clients with dignity and respect, regardless of the nature of their crimes or offenses.
  •  Insure that the client fully understands confidentiality and the impact of confidentiality on their individual case.
  •  Fully inform clients of fees associated with services.
  •  To uphold the standards of licensing and regulatory authorities.

Givin' It Up - Documentary

“The cycle of sexual abuse has a beginning… does it have an end?

From sexual prey to sexual predator; rehabilitating kids who sexually offend”


In 2005, PFA, in conjunction with Main Point Productions, produced a 29 minute documentary on our work with adolescent sex offenders entitled “Givin’ It Up” It was awarded Honorable Mention for Best Documentary at the 2005 New York International Independent Film and Video Festival and a Director’s Citation from the Black Mariah Film Festival at New Jersey University.

Givin’ It Up depicts the application of the Pennsyvlania Forensic Associates model in the SafeGuards program. Program participants discuss their sexual experiences and development of their offense cycle, what they have learned in treatment and their hopes for the future.Program staff and international experts, such as Drs. James Worling, Howard Barbaree and Fred Berlin comment on the importance of treatment, the “mythical” belief in the ability to “tame the beast” through mandatory registration and the need for the application of science and medicine to the problem.Representatives of the juvenile justice system, including the Berks County Pennsylvania President Judge discuss the challenge of  balancing community safety with rehabilitation. Givin’ It Up offers a rare glimpse into the reality of adolescent sex offenders and the experiences of professionals working to end the cycle of sexual exploitation.