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NCJ Number: 168779 Find in a Library
Title: Forensic Mental Health Assessment: Moving From Examination to Evaluation
Journal: The Advocate  Volume:18  Issue:1  Dated:(January 1996)  Pages:129-133
Author(s): E Drogin; C Barrett
Date Published: 1996
Page Count: 5
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: In obtaining a forensic mental health evaluation on behalf of indigent defendants, attorneys should ensure a potential expert's understanding of and commitment to appropriate forensic assessment principles and techniques, regardless of core discipline or clinical specialization, before contemplating specific elements of a psychological testing battery.
Abstract: The difference between the administration of a prescribed series of tests and the ability to combine results from all sources of data into a responsive and persuasive whole before the court is the difference between the clinical psychologist who performs an examination and the forensic psychologist who conducts an evaluation. Public defenders need to ensure indigent clients receive the mental health assistance to which the law entitles them. An appropriate psychological examination should lead to a comprehensive evaluation that considers neuropsychological factors. 6 footnotes
Main Term(s): Drug offenders
Index Term(s): Defense counsel; Defense preparation; Defense services; Forensic psychology; Indigents; Mental health services; Psychological evaluation; Psychologists role in criminal justice; Public defenders
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