Attorneys often assessments of their clients, to clarify questions about personal judgment, self-control, emotional stability, and/or substance abuse, which could have an impact on questions of guilt or innocence, and which may provide a basis for mitigation in sentencing. We are accustomed to working within the legal system, and offer consultation services to prosecuters, or defense attorneys, and directly to the court. Our evaluations include lengthy clinical interviews, reviews of background documents, contact with relevant outside parties, and batteries of psychological tests. The form in which these evaluations are reported is decided by the referring attorney or agency.
Child Custody Evaluations
When a marriage ends in divorce, both parents and children face many difficult decisions. Very often, parents in the process of divorce have very different ideas about child care and may not agree on the circumstances and conditions of child custody. Childcare disputes are often a source of added stress for the children involved, who are torn between loyalties to both parents. A custody evaluation is often helpful in protecting these children, by identifying the strengths and weaknesses of each parent, and suggesting ways in which the child's needs might best be served. Custody evaluations usually include a full psychological evaluation of the children and their primary caretakers, and observation of parent-child interactions. The findings of the custody evaluation are typically prepared for use in court, or in divorce mediation by other professionals.
Professional Rehabilitation Assessments
Professional Rehabilitation Assessments (PRA) are a specific type of evaluation conducted on human service/healthcare/religious personnel who have engaged in some kind of professional misconduct, often sexual in nature. Frequently, regulatory boards, agencies, or denominational officials are unsure how to proceed after an admission or finding of guilt and look for an independent assessment of whether or not the professional should be allowed to continue to function in the professional role and, if so, what safeguards or rehabilitative experiences should be required. The purpose of these evaluations is to assist this supervising authority in its decision-making regarding appropriate disposition of the issue.
The staff of Northeast Clinical Specialists often provides workshops, in-service training, and ongoing consultation to a varied set of organizations. Private mental health/substance abuse agencies, divisions of state government, religious denominations and organizations have all availed themselves of the expertise and experience found in the staff of Northeast Clinical Specialists. Topics addressed in these workshops have focussed primarily in the areas for which NCS has become known: domestic violence, sexual abuse, psychological testing, spirituality, clergy life. Presentations can be tailored to the specific needs of the intended audience for maximum benefit.