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Forensic Psychology

Springfield Psychological Associates' Forensic services include: parenting coordination, mediation, psychological risk assessments and custody evaluations.  We also provide qualified expert witness services related to these areas.  Our psychologists are frequently Court appointed, retained jointly or independently to serve as experts in cases involving the best interests of children.  We provide consultation/dispute resolution services to individuals involved in high risk parenting disputes both on a pre and post divorce basis.  These services are usually Court ordered.

 

What is Forensic Psychology?

The Specialty Guidelines for Forensic Psychologists defines forensic psychology as “all forms of professional psychological conduct when acting as a psychological expert on explicitly psychological issues, in direct assistance to the courts, parties to legal proceedings, correctional and forensic mental health facilities, and administrative, judicial and legislative agencies acting in an adjudicative capacity.”


What is a Forensic Psychological Evaluation?

Whereas a therapeutic/clinical assessment principally focuses on addressing concerns pertaining to diagnostic impressions used to guide treatment efforts, a forensic evaluation centers on addressing legal questions that may include, but are not limited to:

  • Parenting Coordination
  • Child Custody
  • Psychological Risk Assessment
  • Fitness for duty
  • Independent Medical Evaluations (IME) for insurance companies

When acting in the capacity of a forensic psychologist, one is not providing therapy to alleviate an individual’s emotional distress, but is providing an objective evaluation for use by the retaining party, attorney, or court.

Why are Forensic Psychological Evaluations requested?

A forensic psychological evaluation is primarily requested to assist a decision maker, such as the court, employer, or an attorney by providing evidence regarding an individual’s psychological functioning. In addition, the results of a forensic psychological evaluation can also be utilized in the process of determining child custody.