psychiatric exam

Discussion in 'General Parenting' started by CAT, Mar 19, 2008.

  1. CAT

    CAT New Member

    Does anyoe have any info on a sorno exam? Supoosedly is supposed to tell the therapist whether or not your child is likely to grow up being a sex offender???? my difficult child is 13 and while I agree he has no tact or sudalities when expressing his desires I DO NOT think my child is going to hurt anyone. I am wary of therapist being that our extended family has suffer through false accustions from supposed forgotten memories.
  2. Shari

    Shari IsItFridayYet?

    This is a new one on me, but I'm not so much "in the know". Sorry I can't help.

    If there was a test to give that would tell if your child was destined to be a sex offender, I'd sure think it would have hit the media big time.
  3. trinityroyal

    trinityroyal Well-Known Member

    Hello CAT,

    I would be very wary of a therapist doing this sort of profile on my child without having a clear reason for doing so.

    What are the therapist's qualifications?
    Does your son have a history of unusual sexual behaviour that would require this level of analysis?
    If he doesn't, then why does the therapist feel that this test is necessary? Has he or she provided you with the reasoning, information about how the test works, what the test does and does not measure, and how the test results will be used?

    I think you need more information before you proceed with this.

  4. DDD

    DDD Well-Known Member

    I would absolutely suggest that you deal with a child psychiatrist and avoid a therapist who more than likely does not have the qualifications to cope with your sons supposed issues. A neuro/psychiatric examination would identify your sons problems and those are not done by "therapists". DDD
  5. CAT

    CAT New Member

    They request is coming from the prosecutors to drop battery charges difficult child was accused by ex girlfriend of placing her hand on his pants note fully clothed mostly teen horseplay but as I said difficult child says things that are inappropiate & has a tendancy to go on & on & on & on repeating himself even when told to stop. He has ODD & possible CD wont take medications refuses to swallow pills besides medications gave full on migraines & vomiting have tried several saw no benefits.
  6. slsh

    slsh member since 1999

    "There is currently no scientifically validated system or test to determine exactly which adolescent sex offenders pose a high risk for recidivism."

    I have to tell you, my knee-jerk response to your question was no way would I subject my kid to any "testing" to predict future behavior. Nope, nope, nope. Especially under the circumstances as you've described.

    What does your lawyer say?
  7. klmno

    klmno Active Member

    Something doesn't add up with this to me either. I can't imagine any "test" that could possibly do more than raise a red flag of some POSSIBILITY, if used in conjuction with other evaluations. But GEEZ, that wouldn't be enough to risk a permanent label being on a kid. I would propose back to the attorney that you will be happy to take your child in for a psychiatric evaluation and neuropsychologist testing- which are both done by more qualified professionals.
  8. 4sumrzn

    4sumrzn New Member

    I have never heard of such a thing. The others have given some good advice!
  9. SomewhereOutThere

    SomewhereOutThere Well-Known Member

    I wouldn't do it. What are this therapist's credentials? What kind of test? Does he have a history of molesting anyone? Does he talk about sex all the time, sit on the internet on porn sites? I wouldn't want this therapist in my life. I think I'd tell her I'm going to see a Psychiatrist (with a big fat MD) and not do the tests. Then she can't accuse you of not getting help for him.
  10. susiestar

    susiestar Roll With It

    NO WAY. I would not trust any exam that would "predict" if my child would be a sex offender.

    My son DID start some sexual harrassment/abuse of my daughter. We stopped it as soon as we found out. He actually was in a psychiatric hospital when we learned the full extent of it.

    The therapist described sexual offenders as having a "Ladder" of behaviors. Verbal sexual harrassment was on a lower rung. As the offender progresses the behaviors go up the ladder to more serious sexual abuse.

    There is NO reliable way to tell if your son will progress up the ladder, but it might be helpful to have him seek treatment with an MD (psychiatrist) and with a therapy group of other teen sexual offenders and a GOOD therapist.

    This sounds like a witchhunt to me. No offense, but it seriously sounds like a way to railroad kids.

    I am sorry you have to deal with this.

  11. amazeofgrace

    amazeofgrace New Member

    this would make me uncomfortable as well. Although my difficult child II's behavior with the opposite sex, mainly his extreme interest at the young age of 11, makes me worry. He does not take "no" for an answer. In the social scene with girls this could be a nightmare for him. It is my biggest fear aside from him hurting himself.
  12. Steely

    Steely Active Member

    Ditto what everyone else said - NO way would I submit my child to whatever test this is. I have never heard of it - and my son has been through many, many rounds of various sorts of testing. The test sounds half cooked to say the least, and obviously something the courts invented to save their behinds, rather than something a psychiatrist came up with to help a child.
  13. Big Bad Kitty

    Big Bad Kitty lolcat

    Another vote for NO.
  14. CAT

    CAT New Member

    Thanks I agree we wll tell our Attorney to tell the court we will not agree to this test even though it may mean going thru with a trial. Unfornately the law in ID stinks. touching a girl under 18 even if she gives consent can be prosecuted. My difficult child see other teens touching each other in the same way & thinks it is appropriate for him to do the same with his g/f. Under the laws here a teen was arrested because he was 19 and caught by police making out with a girl who was 17 years and 9 mo old. The girl lied and showed him a fake ID stating she was 18. the Judge would not allow in eveidence the fake ID nor the girls admission that she told the boy she was 18 because in this state a girl under 18 cannot give consent! I want to know why then are the police not arresting every teen at school presently in a relationship!!!!
  15. wethreepeeps

    wethreepeeps New Member

    It looks like SORNA isn't the name of an exam but stands for Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act.
  16. klmno

    klmno Active Member

    If I understood the offense correctly, sex offender registration sounds a little extreme to me in this situation.

    And, did you say 18 is the legal age of consent in your state? For boys and girls?