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.
A psychosexual assessment is an evaluation that focuses on an individualâ€™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.
The forensic evaluations typically include the following:
- Case Record Review
- Family Observation
- Collateral Interviews
- Assessment Instruments
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.