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An Introduction to Case Histories: Gathering Relevant Information

A thorough and detailed case history of your client is the most important part of a forensic evaluation. It provides the context for interpreting psychological tests as well as the rationale for relating client behavior to the legal questions to be explored.

The forensic interview may be the only source…

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, usually between the…

Risk Factors for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Adults

We all suffer tragedies in our lives. Relatives pass away, couples divorce, businesses fail. When these events happen suddenly, they can produce trauma. Are some individuals more susceptible to trauma than others? Yes. Other things being equal, individuals with severe mental disorders are at the top of the list…

Describing 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 forensic psychologist works for the lawyer or the court not the client. So what is the value of using a…

Killer Kids – Thrill Kill & Poisoned

Dr. Silverman appears on Lifetime’s series, “Killer Kids.”Killer Kids

The Casting Couch ft. Wade Silverman Ph.D.

On this episode of The Casting Couch host Keith Harrell discuss infidelity, marital issues, and domestic violence with Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Wade Silverman. Keith will also ask the burning question “Once A Cheater Always A Cheater” and who cheats more men or women, the answer may surprise you. Tune…

What Psychologists Consider Important in Parenting Plans

In an interesting study by Jameson, Ehrenberg and Hunter (1997), psychologists were asked to rank sixty criteria obtained from legal and psychological authorities that were relevant to the best interest of the child in determining custody. The top five criteria were as follows: (1) sexual abuse of the…

Child Development and Parenting Plans

As a family lawyer, it is essential that you have some knowledge of child development when designing parenting plans. Each developmental period of a child has its own challenges for parents. Even within developmental periods there are deviations dependent upon both the temperament and maturity of the child…

Family Law and the Difficult Client

As family law practitioners are aware, divorce cases can trigger extreme emotional responses in clients. They are exacerbated when one or both parties has a moderate to severe personality disorder(s). In such cases an otherwise “simple” divorce is turned into a difficult and long affair that may…

Forensic Psychology and Clinical Psychology

There is a rule in the ethics of the practice of psychology that emphasizes “if you treat don’t testify, and if you testify don’t treat”. It is typical for me, in my role as a clinical psychologist, to receive a referral from a client having a difficult…