The team at FPS have a wealth of experience in the area of psychological assessment and have undergone extensive training in violent, neuropsychological, cognitive and functional risk assessment.
A thorough assessment is completed using the most current/evidence-based assessment instruments and a detailed psychological report is compiled which examines the cognitive, behavioural, emotional, and situational factors involved in the perpetration of the offence in question. These reports utilise data from a myriad of sources.
An assessment is usually conducted over 6-8 clinical sessions and includes face-to-face interviews with the individual, significant others, and professionals involved. Telephone consultations with professionals/significant others may also be conducted as appropriate. The client’s personal history and other relevant background information is explored. Direct observations alongside a battery of psychometric instruments are used to gain further insight into an individual’s cognitive capacity, psychological and emotional functioning, and to identify specific strengths or weaknesses. This information is used in conjunction with the clinical interviews, psychometric testing and collateral information to gain an understanding of the offence and the dynamics involved. Depending on the offence in question, an assessment of risk of future offending is conducted using the most up-to-date risk assessment tools. Finally, recommendations regarding risk management and treatment are offered.
These reports aim to establish a psychological profile of the client, to assist in understanding aspects of the client’s behaviour, and to answer specific questions outlined in the referral. We provide reports for the following:
- Violent Offences
- Criminal Proceedings
- White Collar Crime
- Domestic Violence
- Parenting Capacity Assessments
- Probation Hearings
- Political Asylum
- Substance Abuse
- Cognitive and Allied Assessment