Specialised Mental Health Assessments
The Mental Health Assessment Specialist:
A medical practitioner specialising in the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness. They are trained to assess the effects of emotional disturbance on the body and mind, and are able to prescribe medication.
A sub-speciality of Psychiatry. They provide assessment and treatment for people with a mental disorder and a criminal history. Most often employed by police, law courts or justice agencies.
These practitioners will use psychological theories, principles and methods, to diagnose and treat patients with mental or behavioural disorders.
Studies the structure and function of the brain, and how they relate to specific psychological processes and behaviours. For example looking at the ways a traumatic brain injury affects brain function.
Scientist-practitioners that apply psychological knowledge, theory and skills to the understanding and functioning of legal and criminal justice systems.
Assesses an individual’s current skills and experience, sets vocational goals and outlines potential job options.
Mental Health Assessments Explained
A psychiatrist will review a specific claim in order to determine diagnosis, treatment, capacity or extent of impairment. An assessor will review the claimants clinical history and compare that with observations made during the assessment.
Conducted within the context of civil and criminal proceedings. These assessments are used to provide insights to an individuals psychological capacity, and how that may have contributed to their criminal behaviour. These assessments can be conducted over a period of 4-8 hours.
These assessments seek to establish the validity of reported psychological symptoms and disability. Then to provide comment on diagnosis and any related impairment through testing and documentation review. These assessments take at least 4 hours to complete.
Investigate the presence and extent of alleged cognitive impairment as a result of head trauma, exposure to toxic agents, abuse and other causes. They can also provide comment on neuro-developmental disorders. These assessments take between 4-5 hours, however have been known to go for up to 8.
This assessment takes into account the individuals functional and work capacity, identifying applicable transferable skills. A vocational assessment can assist return to work, recruitment, job placement and careers. These assessment usually take about 3 hours to complete.
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