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There are various types of forensic psychology evaluations that are helpful in issues germane to the civil courts. Some issues relevant to civil court proceedings include child custody issues, issues assessed by independent medical examinations (IMEs), competency issues of all types (i.e., competency to handle one's financial affairs, competency to execute a will, etc.), and issues centered around civil commitment. In this Application you explore types of evaluations utilized in civil court proceedings, as well as the different reasons why and methods by which forensic psychology evaluations are performed.

Compare (similarities and differences) the three civil forensic psychology evaluations you selected.
Then explain when you would use each evaluation and why.
Finally, explain what insights you had or conclusions you drew based on your comparison.

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Hi and thank you for using Brainmass. The solution below should get you started. In this particular task, you are being asked to talk about 3 evaluations used in civil court. I suggest using the following outline:

1. Talk about FP role in Civil court - 100 words
2. Evaluations list and their application - 200 words
3. Utilization & insight - 100 words

This outline should yield 400 words which should cover what you need. Just let me know via the feedback section if you need further clarification. You can also use the listed resources to further explore the topic. All the best with your studies.

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Forensic Psychology Evaluations in Civil Court

There are particular evaluations utilized by the civil court because of the application and purpose of these evaluations. The Clinical Psychology Associates (2015) explain this as follows, "Forensic Psychologists perform evaluations in a large number of civil and administrative settings. These involve evaluations in Worker's Compensation systems, Disability Insurance or Social Security Disability Determinations, personal injury evaluations, fitness for duty evaluations, civil competencies, and determinations involving placements or entitlements for accommodations. Evaluations may also include evaluation of possibly impaired professionals. Often, in these systems distinctions are made between treating and evaluating providers." Additionally it is important to note the particular role of the evaluating ...

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Doing Forensic Psychology Evaluations - preparation points

As a forensic psychology professional, you will most likely work within civil courts at some point; therefore, you must understand how to plan a prior (or, prior to) when conducting a forensic psychology evaluation. There are many methods for planning and conducting forensic psychology evaluations. However, certain steps are imperative and must be included in an evaluation to ensure that it is adequate. In this Discussion, you review forensic psychology evaluations applicable to the civil courts and learn how to plan for them. The "Keys to Evaluation Planning" document located in this week's Learning Resources provides information that is important to this and similar future assignments related to evaluation planning in criminal and juvenile courts.

an explanation of how you would plan for evaluation of the individual in the vignette you selected based on the information provided. Be very specific. Then explain what you think would be the most important aspects of that planning. Finally, explain what insights you have gained about evaluation planning.

Vignette 1

An attorney calls and tells you that her firm represents a textile company that makes men's suits. The company has a worker who has been employed there for 20 years, but he has been on long-term disability for 3 years due to the pain he experiences from carpal tunnel syndrome. More recently, the disabled employee has claimed to have additional problems with depression and panic attacks. The attorney tells you there were recent attempts to discontinue the employee's disability due to lack of medical necessity. The attorney requests an independent medical examination (IME).

Vignette 2

The treating psychologist of a police officer refers the officer to you for an evaluation. The police officer has been seeing the treating psychologist for work-related stress. The referring psychologist is concerned that the officer may present a risk of violence toward her supervisors, with whom she is very angry. The psychologist is not adept at evaluating such matters and thinks it may be a conflict of interest to be the officer's treatment provider and evaluator, thus prompting the referral to you to conduct a risk assessment evaluation on this police officer.

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