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Explaining to Lawyers the Role of a Forensic Psychologist

I receive more referrals from forensic clients than from lawyers. Each time I tell those individuals I need to speak with their lawyers. This is because the expert witness works for the lawyer and not the client. Whether it is a criminal or civil case, the forensic psychologist needs…

What to Know About Parenting Plan Evaluations

In the state of Florida parenting plans are requested by lawyers and investigators are appointed by the court, FL Statute 61.20. As such the investigator(s) who is appointed works for the court in the best interest of the child. The investigator communicates to lawyers representing both sides of the…

Managing High Conflict Parents

All of you have been exposed to a high conflict parent- you know the client who has been through several lawyers or the one who tries to send you to court on a monthly basis. He/she tries your patience and wears you out. You will need special care to…

Is My Client Suicidal?

During the course of your professional career you will interact with clinically depressed people. Some may have lost a child or spouse through medical malpractice, others are divorcing, still others may have had professional or business set-backs. You may have concerns that your client is at-risk for suicide. Here…

Prediction of Suicide

One of the more frequent causes of litigation against mental health professionals is the loss of a patient by suicide. Since the base rate of actual suicide cases are rare in our population, prediction has been problematic.

The Journal of Consulting & Clinical Psychology published an article by the esteemed…

Violence in the Workplace

Violence in the United States is increasing at an alarming rate. In fact, one specific type of violence, namely workplace violence, has increased dramatically in the last ten years.

Contrary to the popular belief that employees are violent, the vast majority of cases of workplace violence occur as a result…

Psychological Tests are as Valid as Standard Medical Tests

I have already mentioned the importance of psychological tests as major resources in assessing intellectual, cognitive, and psychological states. Clinical and forensic psychologists are the only professionals trained to administer, score, and interpret these tests. The standard of care is to use a battery…

Psychological tests are an excellent tool for assessing intelligence and personality

Psychological tests are a major resource to assess the intellectual and psychological functioning of individuals. There are, broadly speaking, two kinds of psychological tests: objective and projective. The objective test requires the client to respond in a structured manner, such as true/false, yes/no, a/b/c/d/. The projective test…

Psychological Disability: Fact or Fiction?

Is there such a thing as psychological disability? Can someone’s mental condition render them incapable of work? The answer to both questions is yes. The most extreme form of psychological disability is schizophrenia. Most scientists believe it is genetically based.

Schizophrenia affects approximately 1% of the population, occurring first between…

Preexisting Conditions and Psychological Damage: Walking on Egg Shells

When you ask the question is my client more vulnerable than others to a given trauma, you are asking a complicated question. Other things being equal, individuals with severe mental disorders are at the top of the list of those most vulnerable. This would include schizophrenics, major depressive disorders,…