Our ServicesThe terms Evaluation & Assessment includes a broad array of evaluative procedures that yield information about a particular person. This process includes a number of techniques, such as conducting a clinical interview to establish the overall functioning of a person; using personality tests to assessment temperament, affect, and habits; administering ability tests to assess learning and cognitive functioning; and utilizing assessment and evaluation techniques to assess a wide range of a person’s behavior.
In addition, this process involves identifying, gathering and interpreting information about certain destructive behaviors such as anger, drug and alcohol addiction, sex addiction, nicotine addiction, and other compulsive behaviors. TPCS counselors are equipped to administer several different types of assessments and evaluations to assist their clients in better understanding themselves, and to help us develop an appropriate plan for treatment.
Information for problematic sexual behaviorClinical risk assessments are instruments that provide estimates of risk based on a comparison of the individual against risk factors known or believed related to risk for sexual recidivism.
- Risk assessments seek to answer the question, "what is the likelihood that this individual will engage in harmful sexual behavior in the future?"
- The term static are risk factors related to sexually abusive behavior that occurred in the past (things we cannot change, such as age and past sexual behavior).
- The term dynamic are risk factors that are associated with current behaviors, thoughts and feelings (things that can change over time).
- The term clinical assessment are conducted by your therapist (can be subjective, for this reason Texas PCS uses multiple methods with juveniles and adults).
- The ABEL Assessment
- Drug and Alcohol Evaluations
- Psychosexual Evaluations
- Static 99
Currently, there are no proven methods for accurate assessment of risk with juveniles due to their brain development and the fact that they are still changing.
- Psychosexual Evaluations
- ERASOR ( Estimate of Risk Adolescent Sexual Offense Recidivism). The ERASOR is designed to use with adolescent males ages 12-17.
- ASBI (Adolescent Sexual Behavior Inventory)
- JSOAP (Juvenile Sex Offender Assessment Protocol (should be re-administered every six months).
- DASH-13 (Desistence for Adolescents who Sexually Harm)
What to Expect
A typical evaluation or assessment includes an interview with a counselor and one or more formal or informal assessment instruments. Often, the evaluation/assessment process will require at least an hour or more as the individual completes questionnaires or inventories or engage in face-to-face paper and pencil testing.
During the initial visit your Texas PCS Counselor will explain the purpose of the assessment or evaluation, and once the results are available, the results will be interpreted and explained to the participant. TPCS counselors will make every effort to place you in a relaxed atmosphere, and complete assessments and evaluations and process them in a timely manner.