Forensic Psychiatry & Psychology
How is forensic psychiatry/psychology different from other branches of psychiatry/psychology?
Forensic psychiatrists and psychologists are distinguished from general practitioners in the field by their additional training in the research and knowledge of legal issues, as well as the application of psychological processes to address legal questions. These legal questions arise in the context of criminal and civil law. In the realm of criminal law, forensic psychiatrists and psychologists can work with those who are either at risk of prosecution or who have already been charged. In this case, the forensic team would conduct an evaluation to help the court determine whether the accused is suffering from any mental health issues and if they are, whether those issues contributed towards the commission of the offence(s). A forensic psychiatrist or psychologist can also provide therapy and support for those involved in a criminal offence, be it for the accused or the victims of the crime.
Regarding civil law, forensic psychiatrists and psychologists are also called upon to assist the court with matters related to work/accident injury compensation. This evaluation would focus on whether the individual has suffered mental or emotional harm as a result of the action that took place, regardless of whether it resulted in physical injury. Additionally, forensic psychiatrists and psychologists are often called upon to assist with family law matters, in which they would conduct evaluations of divorcing parties and the children of divorce to help the court determine issues relating to custody, care and control, or access.
The Scope of Forensic Psychiatry/Forensic Psychology we provide
- Medico-Legal Assessments and Comprehensive Reports for Court Proceedings
- Expert Testimony on Medico-Legal Issues for Court Proceedings
- Psychometric Testing For IQ, Personality, Mood Disorders, Psychotic Disorders and More
- Divorce and Child Custody Evaluations
- Work/Accident Injury Compensation Evaluations
- Risk Assessment for General, Violent and/or Sexual Offending
- Treatment for Violent offences, Sexual offences, Alcohol and Drug-related offences, trauma, and other clinical disorders resulting in the offending
- Legal Assistance Scheme for Capital Offences (LASCO) and Criminal Legal Aid Scheme (CLAS) matters
Examples of past cases which we have handled include possession, trafficking and use of drugs; alcohol-related offences, outrage of modesty; voyeurism and upskirt offences; stalking and harassment; theft and fraud-related offences, to name a few.
How do I get started?
1. Call us at +65 6397 7309 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with "Forensics Enquiry" in the subject line. Email is preferred as we may require additional documents from you to be sent over.
2. Tell us what your matter is about (e.g., what are the charges/allegations), or if you are seeking therapy, what your concerns are. It would also be helpful to provide us with any relevant documents you may have (e.g., charge sheets, statements, past medical reports, affidavits or other legal representations) that may add to our understanding of your case.
3. We will schedule an initial consultation (about 1 hour) with one of our psychiatrists or psychologists to find out more and determine if we would be able to assist in your matter. Not all cases may benefit from a clinical assessment.
4. If we take up your matter after the initial consultation, we will schedule additional interviews with you/your family, as well as conduct psychological testing (if deemed necessary). Our findings will be presented in a medico-legal report at the end of this evaluation. The whole process could take between 6 to 8 weeks, depending on the complexity of your matter.
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10 Sinaran Drive, Singapore 307506.
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