Child Custody Evaluations

This service would be requested if any member of the court (attorneys, judges, etc.) has concerns about both parents and their ability to parent child. The evaluation consists of a mental health expert assessing the family as a whole, and making recommendations to the court for custody or visitation that are in the child’s best interest. These evaluations are not necessarily confidential, in that they may be utilized in court and the expert may be called to testify.

All child custody evaluations must be court ordered. Evaluations may include:

  • Family structure and interaction
  • Parental stability
  • Psychological testing
  • Interviews with relevant parties
  • Review of past documentation regarding mental health, physical health, substance abuse, etc.
  • Any other relevant concerns relating to the evaluation

Once completed the evaluator will present findings and make recommendations about what is in your children’s best interest. These findings and recommendations may include: legal and physical custody, final decision-making, visitation and a parenting plan, outlining how parents should resolve future conflicts.

Competency to Stand Trial Evaluations

Competency evaluations are utilized in court proceedings to determine whether or not a person is competent to stand trial. These evaluations do not speak to innocence or guilt and are very specialized in the way respondents are evaluated and assessed. CST evaluations require specific training, expertise, and should follow best-practice guidelines in order to create the most accurate picture of the client. CST evaluations may/may not include the following:

  • Multiple clinical interviews of the client utilizing special assessment tools for competency
  • Testing regarding psychopathology and personality
  • Interviews of professional collateral sources such as personal physicians, psychotherapists, teachers, etc.
  • Interviews of non-professional collateral sources such as neighbors, friends, and family
  • Review of legal documents or court orders
  • Review of prior physical and mental health records

Fitness for Parenting Evaluation

Similar to custody evaluations and are also court ordered. Rich Consulting follows guidelines set for by agencies and “best practice” organizations. Fitness for parenting evaluations focus heavily on providing in-depth results about a parent’s psychological functioning and ability to function as a parent.

What parent-child relationship factors are looked for in a parental fitness evaluation?

  • Relationship between parent and child
  • How a parent responds to child’s needs
  • Ability for parent to promote child’s development
  • Any other relevant concerns relating to the evaluation

Psychosexual Evaluations

Psychosexual evaluations are utilized at various stages of the legal process. They can be utilized during DHS investigation, trial, sentencing, or post-release. While both adults and adolescents can be evaluated, there are challenges to certain populations such as juveniles. The approach and tools utilized will differ between men, women, and adolescents. Consult the Resources page for a link to the Association for Treatment of Sexual Abusers.

Rich Consulting can evaluate adult men and women, adolescents as young as 12, and those with intellectual disabilities. We are evaluating a person’s:

  • Sexual interest or attraction (i.e. pre-pubescent, adolescent, adult, etc.)
  • Risk for recidivism or re-offense and risk level
  • Personality/psychopathology testing
  • Paraphilic disorders
  • Psychosocial history, relationship history, sexual history, etc.
  • Comparison to sex offender population
  • Emotional and intelligence testing
  • Review of criminal history
  • Interviews with client, family, attorney, etc.

Pre-Surgical Evaluations

Pre-Surgical evaluations are for those seeking surgery for such things as pain stimulators or bariatric weight loss. Many surgeons and companies will need a complete mental health evaluation that evaluates general psychiatric health, history of any illness, and long-term recovery concerns. These evaluations may include:

  • Psychological history
  • Readiness for change
  • Behavioral Challenges
  • Emotional factors
  • Patient limitations or other causes for concern