Evaluation and assessment of teen sexual behavior problems is essential for determining the scope of treatment needed. For youth involved in the legal system, typically the court will order that a Psycho-Sexual Evaluation or a Sexual Behavior Risk Assessment occur. These evaluations are sometimes referred to as sex offender-specific evaluations. For youth not involved in the court system, but struggling to manage sexual compulsive behavior, a comprehensive psycho-sexual assessment can also serve as a valuable guide for determining treatment needs. Psycho-sexual assessments typically cover the following areas:
Conversely, psychosexual evaluations should never be used for any of the following purposes:
Youth in the STAR Guides Wilderness program submit to the psycho-sexual assessment as part of their treatment experience. This assessment conducted by Dr. Daniel Sanderson is the most comprehensive assessment of its kind and provides parents, probation officers and courts with a detailed written report pertaining to the youth’s psychological, educational, personality and sexual profile. The report also includes specific recommendations for future treatment needs.
Matt is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been working in the field of youth treatment and psychotherapy since 1995. He did his undergraduate work at BYU and earned his M.S.W. at the University of Utah. He has worked in a variety of treatment setting in his career ranging from wilderness therapy and residential treatment to outpatient treatment and state government.