Sex Offender Evaluation . Donya L. Adkerson, MA, LCPC Alternatives Counseling, Inc. What an Evaluation can do:. Clarify recidivism risk level Identify problem areas and complications to the offending problem Identify treatment needs Identify supervision needs
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Sex Offender Evaluation
Donya L. Adkerson, MA, LCPC
Alternatives Counseling, Inc.
Overview of ATSA Standards specific to Evaluations:
2005 Edition (Note that Standards are revised regularly)
Illinois Sex Offender Management Board
Practice Standards for Evaluation
Public Act 093-0616 mandated use of the SOMB Standards and pre-sentencing eval for sex offenders considered for release to the community. It became effective January 1, 2004.
Preparing yourself for the evaluation
The right preparation makes all the difference
Words are not the only way people communicate, and nonverbal communication becomes very important when working with people who may be motivated to be dishonest.
No matter how good you are at reading nonverbals, you still won’t catch every lie.
Using info you know about the person/problem to tell the client what he is thinking/feeling.
This can help the client feel you understand, and feel that pretenses and denial won’t work with you.
Laying groundwork for positive movement in the evaluation and treatment.
This can create hope for recovery. It is most effective when coupled with mind-reading.
Leading presupposes a given direction for the answer. This technique often goes against the therapist’s training.
In SO evals, it models the acceptability of talking about specifics and communicates the therapist expects and will not be shocked by even the most extreme answers.
Low functioning individuals may be led into admitting erroneous information. Leading should be used very cautiously with such people. Double check information obtained by trying to lead the client in the opposite direction and see if they remain consistent or simply follow the lead.