Assessment

 

FPS conducts a range of psychological evaluations for children, adolescents and adults that examine behaviours of concern, including problematic sexual behaviour, aggression & violence, and antisocial behaviour. Our assessments are designed to offer information that will help in understanding the behaviours of concern, identify areas of vulnerability and strength, and offer practical recommendations to assist in managing these behaviours. Our assessments offer a detailed examination of the presenting problem areas, identify factors contributing to these problem areas and assess risk, identify risk factors and speak to risk management strategies. Our assessments consider these issues by more globally evaluating the individual’s psychological functioning and examining areas such as psychosocial environment, personality style, psychopathology, coping styles and factors that may be inhibiting healthy psychological functioning (for example, trauma).

Assessments are designed to respond to specific referral questions and the needs of clients and referral agencies. As required, assessments may also include extended testing to evaluate issues such as cognitive functioning or sexual interests and the inclusion of collateral interviews to corroborate and/or gather further information to optimize our ability to respond to the referral questions.

It is important to us that our assessments are user-friendly and provide meaningful recommendations that can be implemented to support the clients wellbeing and assist referral agencies in their case management. Issues addressed typically include treatment amenability, treatment planning, risk management strategies, placement and case management strategies. Recommendations are provided that may be specific for family/caregivers, social workers, case managers, parole or probation officers, correctional staff, officers of the court, residential & support staff, allied professionals, and school personnel. Recommendations are offered in the context of the individual’s strengths, limitations, overall psychological capacity and psychosocial environment.

Types of assessments offered include:

  • Risk assessment
  • Threat assessment
  • Criminal responsibility evaluations
  • Fitness to stand trial evaluations
  • Dangerous Offender/Long-Term Offender evaluations
  • Eligibility and fit for Adult Service transitioning
  • Transfer evaluations (from Juvenile to Adult Court)
  • Psychological injury evaluations
  • Parenting capacity & child custody evaluations

Psychosexual/Phallometric Testing

FPS has a psychosexual testing laboratory that allows us to assess an individual’s sexual interest and preference profiles as a component of our psychological assessments. To this end, we employ phallometric testing and/or other methodologies, if/as appropriate. This is an important modality when assessing risk and treatment needs of individuals where atypical sexual interest and arousal is believed to be relevant in understanding the offending behaviour, identifying risk factors and assessing risk.