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March 2017 , Page 40 

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Preparing a Client for a Psychosexual Evaluation

By Brad A. Meryhew and Alexandria Hohman

The Benefits of a Psychosexual Evaluation

Representing a person accused of sexual misconduct can be among the most challenging and complicated cases that a criminal defense attorney faces. An important tool in the resolution of many of these cases is the psychosexual evaluation (PSE), often referred to as a sexual deviancy evaluation, though it is more than just that. A PSE is an empirically informed assessment of a client’s sexual development, sexual history, paraphilic or deviant interests, and risk of reoffense. The evaluation should identify any treatment needs and propose a treatment plan as appropriate. These specialized evaluations are used at various stages in both criminal courts and family courts to make judgments about a client’s risk to the community and amenability to treatment that can have profound implications for a client’s future.

In the criminal courts, a PSE conducted prior to the resolution of the case can affect plea negotiations and trial strat

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