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How long will the evaluation be?

Posted on January 1, 2013 at 3:53 PM Comments comments (1056)
Generally, the evaluation lasts the entire day and sometimes extends over two days, if needed. The first day will be from 9:00 AM until 5:00 PM. If a second day is needed, then it is usually shorter. There are special circumstances that can allow the evaluation to be broken up into shorter periods over several days, but this is only done as necessary.

What is a Forensic Evaluation?

Posted on January 1, 2013 at 3:50 PM Comments comments (254)
Forensic evaluations are comprehensive psychological evaluations that intersect with the legal system and are generally focused on answering specific referral questions in legal cases. The evaluations focus on opinions that provide the most accurate psychological determination, taking  into account all available information.

By saying forensic, this just refers to the evaluation being conducted for the purposes of a legal matter. If you are involved in litigation and are inquiring about whether you might need to have a forensic psychological evaluation, this question is best posed to an attorney with the legal expertise to advise you.  

Generally, I am hired by attorneys or the court to complete evaluations. Should that be the case, the attorney(s) on a case will call to set an appointment. Depending on your particular case, there could be one or several appointments needed. Most often, the evaluation would include an extensive interview process, psychological testing, review of records (e.g. medical, legal, personnel, and/or psychological/psychiatric), and possibly collateral contacts (e.g. family members, other professionals, etc.-depending upon the type of case).  
Throughout the process, I am open to hearing questions and will certainly do my best to answer those inquiries or at least point you in the direction of a resource for the information. If for any reason I simply cannot answer a question or provide a resource, I will at least give you the reason.

What is important to bring to the interview?

Posted on December 31, 2012 at 7:21 PM Comments comments (139)
It is important to bring a list of the medications you are currently taking, including the dosage and frequency, and the names of the doctors treating you.