Forensic evaluations are a cousin to therapeutic evaluations. In forensics, we conduct a fact finding evaluation that uncovers the details of a case, which help the defending attorney defend his/her client. In addition, forensic counseling applies psychological concepts to legal issues. A forensic counselor's presence on the team is a valuable asset whenever issues of competency, risk, sentencing mitigation, or other psycho-legal questions are on the table.
A forensic counselor must have a good grasp of:
- The legal system and the basic principles of civil and criminal law, in addition to clinical training.
- The interviewing techniques best designed to elicit useful responses.
Our staff has collectively over 50 years of experience working in the forensic counseling and forensic interviewing fields.
We work primarily in Oregon and Washington, but are available to consult with attorneys and other professionals from anywhere in the United States.
We perform a variety of forensic assessments for civil and criminal cases. Typical evaluations include:
- Competency to stand trial or assist in a defense
- Mental health status of a defendant or litigant
- Domestic abuse
- Workplace violence
- Sentence mitigation
The time needed for a particular evaluation will depend on the level of information desired and the number of data sources we need to examine.
You may learn more about what we do at http://forencounseling.com/
- As trained counselors with decades of experience, we are able to establish rapport and facilitate an atmosphere of trust with most interviewees. Many studies show that if a person trusts the interviewer, they are much more likely to be forthcoming with relevant information. The skill set we bring to this process can be very helpful to an attorney or other...more