The Forensic Documentation Sourcebook: The Complete Paperwork Resource for Forensic Mental Health Practice / Edition 2

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Now fully updated and revised, The Forensic Documentation Sourcebook, Second Edition provides the most useful and current forms for accurate and comprehensive documentation and record keeping. These ready-to-use forms will save you and your practice hours that would otherwise be spent creating and collating them, freeing you to devote more energy to the important matters of the case you are working on. A companion CD includes all documents in Word format so you can customize them according to the unique needs of your practice.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471682882
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 8/23/2004
  • Edition description: Paperback with CD-ROM, Revised Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,013,997
  • Product dimensions: 8.48 (w) x 11.04 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Initiating forms
Ch. 2 Initiating the assessment process
Ch. 3 Initiating a forensic evaluation
Ch. 4 Process forms
Ch. 5 Forms for deposition and trial preparation
Ch. 6 Forms for family law consultation
Ch. 7 Forms for neuropsychological assessment
Ch. 8 Miscellaneous forms
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First Chapter

The Forensic Documentation Sourcebook

The Complete Paperwork Resource for Forensic Mental Health Practice
By Theodore H. Blau Fred L. Alberts, Jr.

John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 0-471-68288-8

Chapter One

Initiating Forms

FORM 1 Forensic Intake

The Forensic Intake Form is the tool for initiating a forensic consultation. Usually filled out by the forensic psychologist, it is best done in one or two interviews with the retaining attorney (or rarely with a referring judge or his or her assistant or clerk when the psychologist is court-appointed). Some of the information will emerge from the attorney's description of the case while some areas will require the psychologist to ask questions. Form 1a is a completed Forensic Intake Form in a personal injury case where the retaining attorney represents a defendant in a civil matter.

Abbreviations Dr-The hourly fee for the forensic psychologist.

Ret-The retainer (against which fees will be charged).

Res-Library or research work by assistants.

Tr-Test room charges (using a psychometrist).

FORM 2 Charge Sheet The charge sheet should be started as soon as the retaining attorney agrees to the forensic psychologist's terms of engagement. This usually occurs during the Forensic Intake interview (Form 1). A charge should be made for time spent on the case by the psychologist or staff. A copy of the charge sheet should be enclosed with the monthly invoice for services sent to theretaining attorney. Form 2a is a completed form.

FORM 3 Terms of Agreement Letter

FORM 4 Terms of Engagement Contract

This letter (Form 3), prepared on the forensic psychologist's letterhead with the terms of engagement entered in the appropriate spaces should be sent to the retaining attorney, together with Form 4. When Form 3 is returned to the psychologist, signed by the retaining attorney, the contract for services is made. As a courtesy, two copies of Form 3 should be sent.

FORM 5 Case Chronology

During the deposition or at trial, the expert witness is likely to be asked by opposing counsel to state when the intake call was made, when various materials were received, when testing or interviews took place, or other events easily forgotten in a complex case. The purpose may be to confuse the witness or to suggest that the psychologist's memory is faulty. All this can be short-circuited by having the Case Chronology Form annotated as the case proceeds and making the form a part of the case file, readily available when needed. Form 5a is a completed form.

FORM 6 Case Material Received

For purposes similar to that served by Form 5, this form is used to create a time log of all materials received that the psychologist might be using as part of the expert role. Form 6a is a completed form.

FORM 7 Case Materials Sent

During the course of a forensic case, the psychologist may forward a variety of things to various parties. Again, the psychologist may be called upon to recall what was sent, when and to whom. Form 7a is a completed form.

FORM 8 Forensic Intake Sheet (Pre-Examination)

The Forensic Intake sheet provides basic data concerning the plaintiff or defendant who is to be interviewed and/or examined by the psychologist who has been retained to be an expert witness. This sheet should be completed prior to the first meeting except for appointments that are scheduled later in the evaluation process.

Some of the information can be obtained from the office of the retaining attorney. The remaining information can be obtained from the subject by telephone at the time the first appointment is scheduled. Form 8a is a completed Forensic Intake Sheet.

FORM 9 Preselection Interview Form

More and more forensic psychologists are providing selection services to various public safety agencies (police, fire, emergency medical service, and so forth) at the local, state, and federal levels.

Preselection testing batteries have been developed and validated [see Blau, T. (1994). Psychological Services for Law Enforcement. New York: John Wiley & Sons].

Preliminary to conducting such an assessment, it is usual to conduct an interview with the candidate.


Excerpted from The Forensic Documentation Sourcebook by Theodore H. Blau Fred L. Alberts, Jr. Excerpted by permission.
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