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Psychosexual Assessments

Another service that is available through the S.T.O.P. program as a separate service is the Psychosexual Assessment. Psychosexual Assessment referrals are accepted for both male and female youth that exhibit problematic sexual behaviors. The psychosexual Evaluation is a trauma-informed comprehensive assessment of the youth’s risk for sexual recidivism. The assessment process employs research-based tools such as the J-SOAP-II (Juvenile Sexual Offender Assessment Protocol, Prentky et al, 2000) and the ERASOR (Estimate of Risk of Adolescent Sexual Offense Recidivism, Worling and Curwen, 2001) and tools such as the Abel, Becker & Kaplan Adolescent Cognitions Scale Revised (Judith Becker, Ph.D. and Meg Kaplan, Ph.D.) and the sexual arousal graphs (James Worling, Ph.D.) Results from the evidence based tools are combined with the information gleaned from  clinical interviews with the youth and his/her parents and information  collected from collateral interviews to generate a report that is provided to the referral Social Worker within 2 weeks of the clinical interview.  

Issues addressed in the Psychosexual Assessment include but are not limited to the following:

  • Psychological functioning (examiner does a brief mental health status exam and collects information regarding the youth’s mental health history and current mental health functioning.)
  • Youth’s Trauma History
  • Information regarding a youth’s sexual development, values, and beliefs
  • Developmental history of the youth (strengths and needs)
  • Youth’s view of family/school//environmental circumstances
  • Dynamics of the sexual offense
  • Risk Factors and Protective Factors
  • Recommendations regarding placement (if requested), juvenile sex offender registry, safety and supervision planning, and treatment including recommendations regarding reunification of siblings in situations of interfamilial sexual abuse.

For more information on our Psychosexual Assessments, please contact Mary Simon at 608-827-7100 or via email.