Strengths Of Clinical Assessment

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1. Strength and weakness for clinical assessment, structured professional judgment, and actuarial assessment
a. Clinical assessment
i. One primary strength of the clinical assessment is the relatively low cost and time commitment required to complete this task. ii. One weakness with clinical assessments is that clinicians are required to rely heavily on clinical judgment to assess the examinees risk for violence, to reoffend, etc. Unfortunately, research and experiences illustrated that clinical judgment (i.e., interrater reliability) is not very accurate.
b. Structured professional judgment (SPJ)
i. One strength about SPJ is the notion that individuals utilizing SPJ tactics are all looking at the same factors when assessing risk in examinees.
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One difference between civil competency evaluations and competency to stand trial evaluations is the type of court they occur in and criteria that is focused upon. Civil competency evaluations occur in civil court, whereby competency to stand trial evaluations occur in criminal court. In addition, civil competency evaluations address the individual and whether they can make somewhat rational decisions (e.g., signing contracts, execute wills, etc.). Conversely, evaluations to determine if an individual is competent to stand trial, assess the examinee’s ability to attend trial and understand the nature of the proceedings. These evaluations do not assess for the individual’s …show more content…
In the instance that an individual does not want to participate with the clinician in an evaluation to determine whether guardianship is necessary, it is the responsibility of the clinician to explore “less restrictive alternatives” to guardianship. Such alternatives may include Adult Protective services, which includes homemaker support, home health care, and alternative care arraignments, all of which can be coordinated by a caseworker. Another less restrictive option is supported decision making, which is a process whereby individuals with disabilities choose a trusted individual or individuals to support them making their own decisions related to their estate, medical concerns, financial situation, etc. Moreover, if an examinee does not want to participate, then the psychologist should thoroughly document that they do not want to participate. Finally, if the evaluation is court ordered and the examinee does not want to participate, then the clinician writes the evaluation based off of the behavioral observations and other credible third-party

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