Prevention. Wellness. Rehabilitation.
PWR Health Consultants, Inc. is an industry leader in the design and development of treatment programs specifically formulated for a forensic population. Our brain-based approach and community-based model combines the latest research in neuroscience with clinical excellence. The result is a program that changes lives without compromising on the safety of society.
If you, or someone close to you, have been criminally charged, it’s important to get the help that’s really needed in a timely way before going through the legal process. We are committed to changing lives, and expect commitment from our patients. Our program is rigorous and active participation is a requirement for success.
BRAIN-BASED & psychoeducational
PWR's program is based on the principles of interpersonal neurobiology and neurodiversion. We pay specific attention to both the functional and structural aspects of the brain to identify problem circuitry or irregular activity and target treatment accordingly. All patients must participate in a comprehensive intake assessment and history-taking component that is used in treatment formulation and planning. The program also includes a robust and integrative psychoeducational component that includes reading and homework assignments which are completed by the patient. Psychoeducation facilitates new learning, encourages the creation and strengthening of new neural networks, and supports the therapeutic process.
"Good medicine should be scientifically driven." ~ Dr. Eli Coleman
To facilitate patient participation and learning, PWR Health Consultants, Inc. has developed a comprehensive program Binder that becomes an integral part of the therapeutic process. The Binder is designed with two primary purposes:
1. Support the patient
2. Provide defence counsel with objective evidence that demonstrates progress in treatment.
The Binder is a requirement for participation in our program and it serves our patients well. They have been able to submit their Binders as objective evidence of their rehabilitation resulting from active participation in community-based treatment. This documented work and measured progress has garnered favourable responses from the Courts.
PWR Health Consultants, Inc. is the only community-based sex offender treatment program which incorporates the use of peer mentors who support the psychoeducational process. Our group programs include a peer mentorship component, under the supervision of Dr. Doupe, which we have found to be highly effective. Our peer mentors are handpicked, have successfully participated in the program, have a personal understanding of the legal system, and can relate to the struggles their peers are experiencing. PWR is an industry leader in developing a comprehensive model that values the knowledge and clinical experience of the physician along with the knowledge and lived experience of a peer mentor. It is a partnership that supports successful outcomes.
At PWR, individual psychotherapy consists of weekly one-on-one sessions with Dr. Doupe lasting approximately 50 minutes. Participation and regular attendance are a requirement of the program. A high proportion of offenders suffer from some form of mental illness that perpetuates high-risk behaviours and inhibits recovery which is why we believe treatment should be a significant part of the rehabilitation process. With treatment based on neurodiversion, interpersonal neurobiology, and trauma-informed care, patients can work toward improved mental health and successful re-integration in society.
"The problem is that these kinds of problems are driven by many different mechanisms. We really need to have more individualized treatment approaches."
Dr. Eli Coleman, Director of the Sexual Health Program in Human Sexuality at the University of Minnesota Medical School
Our group programs, which are a core component of PWR’s rehabilitation model, are intensive, interactive, and supportive. They are specifically designed around the needs of each group participant with the dual goals of providing support for the patient and safety for society. Group programs generally also include the participation of a certified peer mentor which is a feature unique to PWR Health Consultants, Inc. Our current group program offerings include:
- Integrating & Strengthening Yourself - 1
- Integrating & Strengthening Yourself - 2
- Moving Forward
- Relationships and Communication
PWR's comprehensive intake consists of psychological testing, history taking, administrative and coaching tasks conducted in a minimum of four and up to seven individual sessions with Ms. Benita Joy, PWR’s Forensic Mental Health Consultant. The information gathered from this intake process is reviewed by Dr. Doupe and used for treatment planning and formulation. When patients begin the program at PWR they will be required to schedule and attend these sessions.
Couple & Family Therapy
PWR Health Consultants, Inc. also works with couples and families when appropriate. We know that patients are more successful in therapy when their partner and/or family is involved in the process, hence we encourage joint participation.
We know that with appropriate treatment, brains can change, behaviour can change and therefore lives can change. We can help offenders get started on their journey to health and integration to society in the right way. So why wait? Call us today and take the first step toward a healthier and happier life.
- Don't waste valuable time sitting on a wait list – time that could be used to begin making changes. PWR has rolling admissions and treatment programs can begin right away so that the risk of re-offending is minimized.
- Don't choose a cookie cutter program that may not meet patient needs. PWR's treatment model and framework are designed to be uniquely responsive to the needs of the patient and their families.
- Individuals won't be turned down because they have criminal charges; that's our specialty.
How does the program work?
Progress in treatment happens in four phases:
The building awareness stage typically takes three to four months. This initial phase is focused on acquiring foundational knowledge and learning the language of therapy through assigned readings and material. It includes the intake and assessment process as well as intense bibliotherapy and homework assignments designed to introduce patients to the new tools and skills that will help them learn to manage their behaviors.
The practice phase of therapy begins around the three or four-month mark and lasts from eight months to a year. During this phase patients continue to practice the skills they have learned in the awareness phase thereby strengthening newly-formed neural networks. During the practice stage, patients may be directed to attend a group program where they will continue to exercise newly=acquired skills, new core beliefs, etc. in a controlled group environment that is both challenging and supportive.
The third phase of therapy is integration. This phase may begin anywhere in the eight month to one year time period after patients have spent a considerable amount of time digesting the new material, strengthening new neural networks, and successfully nurturing the progress achieved. Patients often find that this is when things start to “click”. This phase leads to the consolidation and maintenance phase generally about one year after the commencement of the program.
The final stage of treatment is maintenance. At this stage, individual therapy appointments taper off and are scheduled on an 'as required' basis. However, patients might continue in group therapy for a period of time to continue building awareness, practice, and integration. This step is critical in determining long-term outcomes and is perhaps the most important. A specific time period cannot be allotted to this step as it varies from person to person.
The time periods allotted to each phase are subjective and can vary depending on the patient. From experience we know that the development and strengthening of new neural networks requires time, repetition, salience, intensity, specificity, among other things (see Neuroplasticity). PWR’s treatment programs provide an environment that fosters these changes.