Forensic psychology is the interface between psychology and the law, so all psychological services provided for the legal community are forensic psychological services. However, most forensic psychologists provide services which are both clinical and forensic in nature. When a psychologist treats an individual who was emotionally traumatized by an accident, the treatment is clinical in nature, designed to assist the individual in recovering from the trauma. But, when the psychologist is asked to provide a report for the court, regarding the extent of the trauma, and to assess the psychological damage incurred, then the psychologist is providing forensic services.
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Child Custody Evaluations, Visitation Risk Assessments, Grandparent Visitation Evaluations, Mediation of Parental Conflicts about Children, Child Abuse Evaluations, Adoption Readiness Evaluations, Development of Family Reunification Plans, and Evaluations to Assess Termination of Parental Rights.
Psychotherapy and counseling to families referred by the court:
- Parent-child family counseling
- Therapeutic supervised visitation
- Parenting skills training
- Anger management
- Divorce adjustment counseling for children and/or adults
- Parental communication skills training
Personal Injury Evaluations, IME Second Opinion Evaluations, Assessment of Emotional Factors in Sexual Harassment and Discrimination, Worker's Compensation Evaluations, Civil Competency Evaluations, and Psychological Autopsies.
In Civil Court cases, psychologists also provide psychotherapy and counseling to individuals for the following problems:
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Phobias Related to Traumatic Events
- Psychological Factors in Chronic Pain
- Anger Management
- Adjustment Counseling following trauma
- Couple Counseling regarding the impact of the trauma on the relationship
Evaluations of Juveniles accused of criminal acts, Juvenile Pre-sentencing Evaluations, Juvenile Probation Evaluations, Juvenile Waiver Evaluations, Evaluating the Credibility of Child Witnesses, Assessment of Juvenile and Adult Sexual Offenders, Competency and Diminished Capacity Evaluations, and Adult Pre-sentencing Evaluations.
Psychologists also provide counseling and psychotherapy services to individuals involved with the Criminal Court.
The issues addressed include:
- Counseling of individuals who violate restraining orders
- Counseling juveniles on probation
- Supportive counseling for the victims of crimes
- Counseling of individuals awaiting trial
- Counseling adults on probation
- Anger management skills training for violent offenders
- Counseling and psychotherapy for sexual offenders