Final Forensic Evaluation

Final Forensic Evaluation

Final Forensic Evaluation

Final Forensic Evaluation


The purpose of this assignment is to complete a final draft of the forensic evaluation that you selected in Choice of Evaluation Methodology Paper from the following five options:

· Competency to stand trial.

· Child custody.

· Parenting fitness.

· Mitigation of penalty.

· Recidivism potential (such as a violence risk assessment or a sexual risk assessment).


You will be building on the work you did in your previous paper (draft of your forensic evaluation) by including additional details, most notably a diagnosis and opinion section, in this final draft.Choice of Evaluation Method Paper work and the new information below should both be incorporated into the final paper. Many examples of forensic evaluations are provided in Chapter 19 of your Melton textbook, and a typical forensic evaluation contains all of these elements. However, some evaluators may provide more information about the evaluee than others. These should be included: Final Forensic Evaluation

1. Introduction

2. Informed Consent

3. Background Information

o Briefly describe the fictional evaluee’s social, educational, occupational, substance use, medical, and psychiatric history.

o Include mock collateral information obtained during the course of the evaluation.

4. Mental Status Examination

o Using a formal mini-mental-status exam, describe your mock client’s performance on domains such as orientation, immediate recall, attention and calculation, recall, language, judgment, ability to abstract, and intelligence.

5. Interview Questions

6. Test Battery

7.  Diagnosis

o Provide a thorough DSM-5 diagnosis for your mock client.

8. Opinion

o Provide a defensible forensic opinion that relates to the legal question asked.

o Justify your opinion.

Note: A sample forensic evaluation is linked in Resources to assist in formatting your evaluation, though your forensic evaluation does not require the same level of detail in the background history.


Your assignment should fulfill the following objectives:

1. A forensic evaluation appropriate to the age and gender of the fictional evaluee.

2. A description of the evaluee’s relevant history and personal characteristics.

3. An explanation of all aspects of informed consent pertaining to this evaluation.

4. A description of the fictional evaluee’s performance on a formal mini-mental-status exam.

5. A thorough DSM-5 diagnosis for the fictional evaluee.

6. A justification of a forensic opinion addressing the legal question asked.

7. Communication that is scholarly, professional, and consistent with expectations for members of the psychological professions.

Additional Requirements

· In addition to the objectives above, your assignment should meet the following requirements: Final Forensic Evaluation

· · Written communications are free of errors that detract from the overall message.


· · Formatting: current edition APA style and format.

· · Length of paper: 11 pages.

· · Font and font size: Times New Roman, 12 points.

References: Include at least four (4) scholarly peer reviewed references

For additional details, please refer to the Final Project Guidelines and Rubric document and the Milestone Four Guidelines and Rubric document.