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Forensic court evaluations

Forensic Evaluations

Forensic evaluations Forensic evaluations can be used in criminal court cases or to enhance a civil case currently under litigation. Mr. Attryde is a Licensed Professional Counselor. He has conducted forensic evaluations including psychosexual evaluations, domestic violence and abuse evaluation, child custody evaluations, parental fitness evaluations, home evaluations, substance abuse evaluations. Mr. Attryde has been working with juvenile and adult sexual offenders and providing Forensic Evaluations in Bucks County and other Counties since 1994. He has facilitated group and individual counseling to mandated and voluntary clients in private practice. Mr. Attryde has also provided training to juvenile probation departments and child welfare agencies focusing on sex offender supervision and treatment.

Forensic evaluations are useful in mitigation and dispositional planning, providing detailed and relevant background information that may be pertinent to the defendant's state of mind, and can be vital to the courts in assisting the judge or jury in well-informed decision making on the case.

In clinical psychotherapy, the "patient" is the client. However, in the forensic mental health assessment, the court is the client. Therefore, in forensic cases, the evaluator does not act as the therapist when examining the subject. There is no therapeutic relationship with the subject or therapist/patient privilege (confidentiality). Objective measurements and data are gathered to assist the court (judge or jury) with decision making for the case.

Pysychosexual Evaluation

A psychosexual assessment is an evaluation that focuses on an individual’s sexual development, sexual history, sexual adjustment, risk level. It also includes a full social history, familial history, employment/school history, case formulation, and specific treatment recommendations. The evaluation greatly assists attorneys and courts (prior to sentencing for adults), foster care and social service agencies that work with sexually reactive children or children who have been sexually abused, and others.

Domestic Violence and Abuse Evaluation

This assessment is conducted in order to determine whether a person has domestic violence and/or anger management issues and to generate treatment recommendations. The evaluation consists of clinical interviews, and the use of valid and reliable testing instruments. Evaluations can be administered to adults & adolescents 14 and older.

Child Custody Evaluation

Child Custody Evaluation are designed to determine the best interests of the children by thoroughly assessing the family system. Depending on the complexity of the case, Child Custody Evaluation can take from 30-90 days to complete.

Substance Abuse Evaluation

This evaluation is conducted in order to determine the seriousness of substance abuse issues and to generate treatment recommendations. The evaluation consists of interviews, a drug test and the use of valid and reliable testing instruments. Substance abuse evaluations can be administered to adults & adolescents 14 and older.

Forensic Evaluation

The forensic evaluations typically include the following:
  • Case Record Review
  • Family Observation
  • Interviews
  • Collateral Interviews
  • Assessment Instruments
  • Recommendations
When to seek Forensic court evaluations People need forensic evaluation for varying reasons. Some need to comply with court orders while others need an evaluations for employment reasons. Contact us for a free consultation.

Effective Forensic court evaluations Factors

Define your goals. Think about what you would like to get out of counseling. It might be helpful to write a list of events, relationship issues, or feelings that you think are contributing to your distress.

Be an active participant. This is your counseling experience, so be as active as you can in deciding how to use the time. Be honest with the counselor and give her or him feedback about how you see the sessions progressing.

Be patient with yourself. Growth takes time, effort, and patience. All of your coping skills, behavior patterns, and self-perceptions have been learned and reinforced over a long period of time, so change can be difficult and slow at times.

Follow your counselor's recommendations. Take the time between sessions to complete any activities suggested by your counselor. Counseling is intended to improve your life in the "real world," so making efforts to try out and practice new behaviors, approaches, or ways of thinking could be a crucial element to the success of your counseling experience.