Being charged with or convicted of a sexually related offense can completely change your life. This may be the most stressful time you have ever experienced in your life. Your attorney may recommend completing a comprehensive psychological evaluation to show that your risk for sexual offending is low. That is very common for attorneys to recommend prior to having a court hearing regarding sexual abuse or sexual assault allegations. Or perhaps you have been convicted of a sexual offence. In this case, your attorney may want to show the court that you are not a high risk for re-offending. In that situation, you may be referred to complete a psychological evaluation to assess your risk for sexually re-offending. Or lastly you may be the parent of a juvenile who has been alleged to have been sexually inappropriate with a classmate or at school. Your child completing a psychological assessment may be required before they can return to school because of the school's concern of future sexually offending. For the past 20 years, I have been conducting sexual offense risk assessments with adults and juveniles. I have worked with dozens of courts, schools and attorneys while conducting these assessments. Our goal is to offer you, your attorney, and the court (or school) a comprehensive, professionally administered assessment that offers a clear understanding of any present risk for future violent sexual action toward others.
What does a sexual offense assessment include? There are three main components to these assessments. First, I conduct a detailed one-on-one interview with you. Regardless of what the incident was, I start with a very detailed psycho-social clinical interview. Second, I administer psychological testing to determine if there are any mental health issues, impulse control issues, aggression problems, sexual impulse control issues or psychosis that would suggest that you are high risk for future violence. When the concern is specifically sexual abuse from adults toward a child, we have specific psychological testing to look for child abuse risk. Third, I review any relevant external documentation. These documents may include police records, mental health or medical records, court records, school records, or any other relevant records.
If I have a mental health problem does that mean I'm high risk for sexual violence? No. Simply having mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, or schizophrenia does not mean that you are high risk for sexual violence in the future. People can have significant mental health disorders but not be sexually violent. People can be sexually violent and not have any mental health conditions. That is why our assessments do not focus just on whether or not you have a mental health condition. Some of the psychological testing that we use are what we call actuarial sexual violence risk assessment tools. These tools specifically look at your risk for sexual violence toward others. The scores on those tools are not greatly affected by the existence of any mental health issues.
What if my report says I am high-risk for future sexual violence? If after I have completed your assessment it is my clinical opinion that you are high risk for sexual violence in the future, I will lay out a detailed treatment plan of what you can do so that your risk for future sexual offending will decrease. I am a firm believer in the fact that everyone can change. Someone can go from being high-risk for future sexual violence to being low risk for future offending. We are all able to change, improve, and grow as human beings.
At our offices, I do the best I can to treat everybody with respect and dignity. I understand that dealing with sexual assault allegations can be a very stressful time in your life. Therefore, I do my best to make these assessments as stress-free as possible. I look forward to seeing you.
Questions? Are You Ready to Schedule Your Sexual Offense Evaluation?
To schedule your evaluation or speak to Dr. Lombard, please call our office at (260) 459-2900 or email us at [email protected]. When you call our office, we will need to know what attorney you are working with, what court your case is in, and the time frame that your evaluation needs to be completed within. Dr. Lombard looks forward to working with you and your family.