PSYCHOLOGICAL SEXUAL EVALUATIONS are sometimes referred to as sex offender specific evaluations. Psychosexual evaluations are different from psychological evaluations. The psychosexual evaluation focuses on one’s sexual history, which includes the exploration of sexual development, attitudes, fantasies, and adjustment. DQS Healthcare Group utilizes empirically-based, sex offender-specific risk assessment instruments.
Generally speaking, psychosexual evaluations are designed to identify the following:
- 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
Conversely, psychosexual evaluations should never be used for any of the following purposes:
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.