Frequently Asked Questions
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?
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. The term "forensic",
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, the doctor performing the evaluation is hired by an attorney or the court to complete
evaluations. Should that be the case, the attorney(s) on a case will call to
set an appointment. Depending the specifics of your particular case, the evaluation might be conducted in one day or multiple appointments may be needed. Typically, the evaluation includes 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).
Depending on the nature and type of case the findings may be issued in the form of a written report, summary of findings, or court testimony.
What is important to bring to the interview?
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.