Forensic Evaluation Essay

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A forensic evaluation is a comprehensive and elaborate process that incorporates collection, analysis, and integration of information form multiple sources. Child welfare related evaluations are one of the most complex types of forensic evaluations requiring expert opinion and recommendations on matters pertaining to child custody and visitation, parental fitness and termination of parental rights, and evaluation of adoptive and foster parents. The primary purpose of these evaluations is to inform the court and facilitate decision-making process in child welfare cases. During a child custody evaluation the main doctrine to uphold is the “best interest of the child.” The safety of the child is of paramount consideration. This along with well-being…show more content…
Data collection includes an extensive clinical and or forensic interview of the person/child in question; Interview of the collateral sources; behavioral / bonding observations; administration and interpretation of appropriate and required objective and standardized neurocognitive, psychological, and forensic tests; and through review of available records. Data analysis and integration comprises of synthesis of information received from the interviews, collateral sources, testing and the records. During this process special emphasis is on looking at the consistencies and inconsistencies in the data. Consideration of special needs of the child and families, available resources, and cultural factors are an integral part of this process. Finally, case is formulated based on the theoretical knowledge, legal presumptions, care and safety doctrine and scientific principles. Subsequently, the referral question is answered with maximum clinical/psychological certainty. All these steps are performed in the most ethical manner and the evaluator is to uphold the highest professional standard of practice of…show more content…
I have been involved in conducting forensic psychological and neuropsychological evaluations for the Department of Child and Families (formally DYFS) for over four years. I was providing these services through Forensic Psychology and Neuropsychology Services (FPNS), a company based out of Hamilton, NJ. I am on the FPNS contract with DCPP to provide forensic evaluations as a psychologist. I worked in an assistive capacity for the first three years under the supervision of Dr. Jonathan Mack, Psy.D., a licensed psychologist and subsequently worked independently on cases conducting forensic evaluations for DCPP through FPNS. I also have training and experience in conducting other forensic evaluations involving both civil and criminal matters. I have a doctorate in Clinical Psychology from APA credentialed Suffolk University, Boston, MA. During my doctoral training, I completed course work in human development theory including child development; assessment of adults and children; psychopathology; multicultural issues and individual differences; ethics; and empirically
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