Discuss the use of threat assessments in school settings
Evaluations and assessments are completed by forensic psychologists to assess a person’s psychological state for legal purposes. Reasons for completing these evaluations can involve acquiring information for criminal court (such as insanity or incompetence), for criminal sentencing or parole hearings (often regarding a potential intellectual disability that prevents sentencing or one’s risk of recidivism), for family court (including child custody or parental termination cases), or civil court (involving personal injury or competence to decide).It is important to note that while a forensic psychologist is responsible for assessing and reporting results of an evaluation, the responsibility ends here. Any decisions made based on these reports from forensic psychologists are up to other legal professionals. This also means that any assessment made by an evaluator is not considered a counselling session, and therefore whatever is said or done is not confidential. It is the obligation of the evaluator to inform the individual being evaluated that everything in the session will be open to scrutiny in a forensic report or expert testimony. Forensic psychologists conducting evaluations may also function as expert witnesses as many are called into court to testify about the results of their evaluations. They have a variety of employment settings, such as forensic and state psychiatric hospitals, mental health centers, and private practice. Evaluators usually have previous training as clinical psychologists.
Child custody arrangements can be a big part in a forensic psychologist career. There are many different assessments that are given to children before the psychologist gives their educated opinion on where the placement or custody arrangement is for the child. They are given psychological tests, academical tests, objective personality tests and projective personality tests.These are used to decide the best custody arrangement for the child. This process also involves interviewing the child to assume whether it would cause any damage to the child.