What Sexual Evaluations Identify

• Level of risk for sexual and non–sexual recidivism;

• The risk of the individual repeating the behavior

• Interventions that will be most effective

• Specific risk factors

• One's willingness to comply with treatment recommendations and interventions

• Identifying factors that may prevent engagement in treatment and interventions

• Identifying strengths and protective factors that are preventatives

What Sexual Evaluations Should NOT Be Used For

(1) Determine guilt or innocence

Determining guilt or innocence (which is well outside of the scope and boundaries of the mental health professional’s role);

(2) Identify whether an individual is or is not a “sex offender” Identifying whether an individual is or is not a “sex offender” because no specific type of assessment or set of assessment tools is designed for making this determination.

(3) Conclude whether an adult or juvenile meets the “profile” of a sex offender

Research consistently demonstrates the diversity of adults and juveniles who have committed sex offenses; as a result, it is not possible to reach this conclusion with certainty.

Psychological Evaluations

PSYCHOLOGICAL EVALUATIONS use a combination of techniques to help arrive at some hypotheses about a person and their behavior, personality and capabilities.

Psychological evaluation is also referred to as psychological testing. Psychological assessment should never be performed in a vacuum.

A part of a thorough assessment of an individual is that they also undergo a full medical examination, to rule out the possibilities of a medical, disease or organic cause for the individual’s symptoms. It’s often helpful to have this done first, before psychological testing because it may make psychological testing moot.