Specialized Psychological Evaluations - Center for Contextual Change

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821 W. Van Buren, Chicago
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Specialized Psychological Evaluations

Explanation of the Benefits of an Independent Evaluation

As a leader in the field, the Center for Contextual Change, Ltd. provides comprehensive services to clients and organizations, including both evaluation and treatment. At times, CCC retains independent evaluators to perform certain testing and recommendations for treatment. We do this to protect the integrity, objectivity, competence, and effectiveness of that professional and his/her recommendations. We believe this practice best ensures that the evaluation/recommendations remain independent from our primary function of providing treatment services. Therefore, this practice helps us maintain the ability to provide comprehensive services without impacting the integrity of our programming. All evaluations exceed our own rigid standards as well of those of the professional community. This practice means that clients and referral sources can look to the CCC for objective, evidence-based, court-defensible, competent evaluations as well as competent, caring, professional treatment services without questioning our integrity.

We have extensive experience in evaluating and treating individuals who have engaged in a wide range of sexual behaviors (from non-contact to serial offenders), a wide range of risk in clients (from low risk to high risk), from a wide range of relationships (from family intimates to work-related acquaintances to strangers), and a wide range in contexts of the behaviors (from private settings to public settings to virtual/electronic settings). With our evaluations, clients and referral sources can confidently understand the relevant issues, the risks related to reengaging similar behaviors, and receive specialized treatment to manage and reduce the risks while building a resilient lifestyle that is inconsistent with returning to the problem behaviors.

Psychosexual Psychological Evaluations

  • Option 1: Risk Assessment: Address potential for sexual offending / sexual violence to others and treatment recommendations.
  • Option 2: Entry to Treatment Assessment: Identify if a client would benefit from participating in a psychotherapeutic treatment program to address sexual deviance, as well as other relevant treatment interventions (e.g., substance abuse/dependence, anger management/expression, and/or individual counseling). Does not address Risk potential.
  • Option 3: Evaluation tailored to a particular referral question (i.e., is this individual's sexual behavior likely to impact his or her employment and, if so, what recommendations will enable the individual to resume work with the risks being managed).

Reports are typically completed within 10 business days.

Adult Psychosexual Psychological Test Battery

  • Record Review (Criminal Background, Department of Corrections, Child Protective Agencies, and Past / Current Treatment Providers, etc., when available and accessible)
  • Standardized Psychological Tests that address the following:
    • Mental Status
    • Cognitive Functioning
    • Psychopathology
    • Alcohol and Illicit Substance Use
    • Objective Measure of Sexual Interest / Preference
    • Subjective Measure of Sexual Interest / Preference
  • Appropriate Actuarial Measures
  • Clinical, Diagnostic, and Forensic Interview

Juvenile Psychosexual Psychological Test Battery

  • Record Review (Criminal Background, Department of Corrections, Child Protective Agencies, and Past / Current Treatment Providers, etc., when available and accessible)
  • Standardized Psychological Tests that address the following:
    • Mental Status
    • Cognitive Functioning
    • Psychopathology
    • Alcohol and Illicit Substance Use
    • Objective Measure of Sexual Interest / Preference
    • Subjective Measure of Sexual Interest / Preference
  • Appropriate Structured Professional-Clinical Guides to Address Risk Factors
  • Clinical, Diagnostic, and Forensic Interview

Reports typically address the following:

  • Identifying Information
  • Diagnostic Procedures & Psychological Tests Administered
  • Sources of Information
  • Referral Information
  • Mental Status
  • Background Information
    • Family History
    • Medical History
    • Education History
    • Professional History
    • Mental Health Assessment / Treatment History
    • Substance Use History
    • Interpersonal History (Peer & Marital)
    • Criminal Offense History (Sexual & Non-Sexual)
  • Reported Allegations (Official Reports or Sources of Information)
  • Test Results
  • Client's Sexual History
  • Client's Explanation of Reported Allegations/Convictions
  • Assessment of Static Risk Factors
  • Assessment of Dynamic Risk Factors
  • Individual Risk Factors & General Discussion
  • Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders-Text Revision-Fourth Edition
  • Discussion and Evidence Applied to Determine Level of Risk Potential for Sexually Victimizing Others
  • Summary and Recommendations

Adult Domestic / Partner Violence Risk Psychological Evaluations

  • Option 1: Risk Assessment: Address potential for partner violence and treatment recommendations.
  • Option 2: Entry to Treatment Assessment: Identify if a client would benefit from participating in a psychotherapeutic treatment program to address partner violence, as well as other relevant treatment interventions (e.g., substance abuse/dependence, anger management/expression, individual counseling, or psychiatric examination). Does not include Risk potential.

Adult Domestic / Partner Violence Risk Psychological Test Battery

  • Record Review (Criminal Background, Department of Corrections, Child Protective Agencies, and Past / Current Treatment Providers, etc., when available and accessible)
  • Standardized Psychological Tests that address the following:
    • Mental Status
    • Cognitive Functioning
    • Psychopathology
    • Alcohol and Illicit Substance Use
    • Anger Experience, Control and Expression
  • Appropriate Structured Professional-Clinical Guides to Address Risk Factors
  • Clinical, Diagnostic, and Forensic Interview

The Domestic / Partner Violence Risk report will address the following:

  • Identifying Information
  • Diagnostic Procedures & Psychological Tests Administered
  • Sources of Information
  • Referral Information
  • Mental Status
  • Background Information
    • Family History (Exposure, Acceptance, Involvement to Domestic Discord and/or Violence)
    • Medical History
    • Education History
    • Professional History
    • Mental Health Assessment / Treatment History
    • Substance Use History
    • Interpersonal History (Peers, Partners, Spouse)
    • Criminal Offense History
  • Reported Allegations (Official Reports or Sources of Information)
  • Psychological Test Results
  • Client's Sexual History
  • Client's Explanation of Reported Allegations / Convictions
  • Assessment of Static Risk Factors
  • Assessment of Dynamic Risk Factors
  • Individual Risk Factors & General Discussion
  • Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders-Text Revision-Fourth Edition
  • Discussion and Evidence Applied to Determine Level of Risk Potential
  • Conclusion and Recommendations

What the Client can expect:

  • In most cases, having to meet once for approximately 6-8 hours (includes all testing and interview); accommodations can be made to have two 4-hour meetings if needed.
  • The client will first take the psychological tests, most of which are scored before participating in the interview.
  • The client need only bring any corrective eyewear, and can bring food and beverages as needed, and can expect to have breaks throughout the evaluation process.

For more information or to set up an evaluation, please contact our Intake Coordinator Robert Sanoshy, LCSW at 847-676-4447 x 304