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FORENSIC VS. PSYCHOLOGICAL EVALUATION
WHAT MAKES A FORENSIC PSYCHOLOGIST
CUSTODY EVALUATION
CRIMINAL RESPONSIBILITY
COMPETENCY TO STAND TRIAL
PERSONAL INJURY EVALUATION
CRIMINAL SEXUAL CONDUCT
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Competency to Stand Trial

Competency to stand trial evaluations must address psychological issues and factors that may impact upon the defendant's ability to assist in their own defenseIt is not enough to determine the presence or absence of mental illness or mental defectA finding of mental retardation is also not enough to indicate that the defendant is not competent to stand trialInformation gleaned from psychological testing and clinical interviews must be evaluated in light of the defendant's current ability to assist their attorney in their defenseBecause of this, it is the defendant's current psychological and emotional functioning that is important

Dr. Kitchen utilizes standard psychological tests that meet the legal criteria under the Daubert standardHe also utilizes specific forensic tests and procedures designed to elicit more specific information regarding the defendant's ability to stand trialBest practices standards within the Forensic psychological community require that multiple data points be utilized in determining the client's ability to assist in their defenseBecause of this, Dr. Kitchen utilizes at least some, if not all of the following procedures

Dr. Kitchen writes his reports while keeping in mind the goal of assisting the court in determining the legal issues pertinent to the caseIn keeping with the legal standards, competency reports include statements regarding the client's present ability to assist in his/her defense and, if the client is unable to assist in his/her defense, recommendations regarding treatment issues and, if possible, time frames necessary in order for the client to become capable of assisting in his/her defense