Accountability-Based Sex Offender Program
A joint project between the
Alabama Department of Youth Services
Auburn University Department of Psychology
ABSOP offers a comprehensive assessment and treatment program designed to provide innovative and responsive psychological services for juvenile justice-involved adolescents, generally ages 13-18, who have been committed to DYS for a sexual offense. The guiding principles of the ABSOP program are community safety, holism, and empiricism. (see services below)
Students, also, have access to other supplementary social and therapeutic opportunities at Mt. Meigs. A teen club called the Snack Shack provides a setting wherein students have the opportunity to apply their developing positive social skills by sharing recreational activities and just hanging out. A favorite program on campus is the Garden Therapy program. Students have the opportunity to learn about soil preparation, fertilization, and planting, as well as the care and harvesting of vegetables in a spring and winter garden. Students take great delight in getting to eat and enjoy the vegetables of their labor.
The newest of these auxiliary programs is an exercise and physical fitness program for students, beginning with a comprehensive physical fitness evaluation upon intake. Students have access to those results and an individualized physical fitness program based on those results. In this program, students learn about having an active, healthy body while improving their self-image.