Mental Health Matters
Forensic Edition
November 2015
Published by: Lepage Associates
Psychological & Psychiatric Services
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Evaluating mental health functioning and parenting abilities
in the midst of court crisis and litigation trauma.

Typically, individual psychological evaluations for use in a custody case or custody evaluations of the whole family are ordered when there has been extensive litigation, allegations of abuse, or one party is stating the other suffers from a mental illness and is unfit to be a primary or equal parent. You are told to go into a strange office and complete a bunch of tests and interviews to see if you are fit to retain custody of your children. You'll do great, right?! Probably not, but it is in high crisis times like these that evaluations are often ordered by the courts.
High conflict divorce creates a state of crisis and can be traumatic in many ways. Read on to see how this affects what a client looks in a psychological evaluation, and ways to ensure the evaluator has taken into account the state of crisis and trauma being experienced when determining mental health diagnosis and making comments on parenting. (Read on...)

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