Solterra Academy South
Violence or Psychosexual Risk Assessments for children ages 12-18:
How long does it take?
Clinical Interviews and face to face testing can last from one to four hours. Evaluations can be broken into multiple sessions to accommodate the needs of the child and the family. Because parents will need to meet with the psychologist without the child present, they may need to bring a responsible person to monitor the child while they are meeting with the psychologist or may wish to schedule an additional appointment to complete that portion of the assessment at a different time.
What do you need to bring?
For your appointment, you will need to bring contact information for mental health service and medication providers, as well as lists of present and past psychiatric medications and the results of any relevant medical or genetic testing. School records, progress reports, previous evaluations or other relevant background information are also required.
For referring school districts, a referral packet should include the following information:
Description of the reason for referral and any related questions or concerns
Previous evaluations including psychological, educational or related services
Most recent IEP, BIP, and FBA or copy of 504 plan
Report cards or progress reports
Name and contact information for relevant school personnel
What will you receive upon completion of the assessment?
In addition to the written report, the Risk Assessment also includes a meeting with the parents to review results, as well as participation by phone in a PPT meeting to review findings.
Other services, such as conducting an observation of the student in their school placement, meeting with school staff or attending a PPT in person are available for an additional fee.
Who performs the assessment?
What are the benefits of these types of Risk Assessments?
While no assessment can definitively predict future violence or inappropriate sexual behavior, a risk assessment uses techniques to determine a level of risk, such as structured interviews with the child and parents, review of background information and school records, completion of behavior rating scales by the child, parent and teachers/providers, and personality testing to determine the presence and severity of risk factors, as well as mitigating variables. A risk assessment can assist with developing strategies and interventions to help the child remain safe and be successful, as well as to help identify needed supports and services.
What takes place during a Risk Assessment?
A Risk Assessment will include:
a structured clinical interview with the parent and the child
behavior rating scales completed by the parent, child, and teacher or counselor
Cognitive or adaptive assessment may also be requested depending upon the referral questions
Review of relevant background information, previous evaluations and school records
Review of information provided by other mental health service providers.