Evaluation of Workplace Disability

Evaluation of Workplace Disability

by Lisa Drago Piechowski

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Overview

Forensic mental health assessment (FMHA) has grown into a specialization informed by research and professional guidelines. This series presents up-to-date information on the most important and frequently conducted forms of FMHA. The 19 topical volumes address best approaches to practice for particular types of evaluation in the criminal, civil, and juvenile/family areas. Each volume contains a thorough discussion of the relevant legal and psychological concepts, followed by a step-by-step description of the assessment process from preparing for the evaluation to writing the report and testifying in court.

Volumes include the following helpful features:
- Boxes that zero in on important information for use in evaluations
- Tips for best practice and cautions against common pitfalls
- Highlighting of relevant case law and statutes
- Separate list of assessment tools for easy reference
- Helpful glossary of key terms for the particular topic

In making recommendations for best practice, authors consider empirical support, legal relevance, and consistency with ethical and professional standards. These volumes offer invaluable guidance for anyone involved in conducting or using forensic evaluations.

This volume focuses on evaluating the determination of disability status in the workplace. The reader is walked through every aspect of the evaluation, beginning with an introduction to the nature and legal meaning of disability. The authors offer evidence-based practice recommendations and a helpful overview of issues specific to evaluations for social security, worker's compensation, and other disability benefit programs.

Editorial Reviews

Doody's Review Service

Reviewer: Gary B Kaniuk, Psy.D.(Cermak Health Services)
Description: Part of the Best Practices in Forensic Mental Health Assessment series, this book explains how a disability evaluation should be conducted, including what data needs to be collected, how to interpret the data, and report writing and court testimony.
Purpose: According to the series' editors, "this book focuses on the forensic evaluation of disability issues," providing "a careful description of the role of the evaluating forensic clinician in such cases."
Audience: The target audience includes practicing forensic clinicians, trainees, judges, and attorneys, along with clinical and forensic administrators who run agencies, court clinics, and hospitals in which litigants are assessed. The author is a forensic psychologist who works in private practice conducting evaluations for disability, fitness for duty, worker's compensation, and other employment issues.
Features: The book begins with a history of occupational disability insurance, social security disability, and worker's compensation, before explaining what mental health conditions must be met in order for a claimant to be evaluated as unable to work. Next, the author discusses the evaluation process in detail, including the psycholegal questions to be answered, conferring with the referral source, and documentation, such as records relating to the disability and most current employment. The author notes that psychological testing is a foundational part of this process. Finally, collateral interviews are described. This book shows how the interpretive process is conducted using a decision tree. The author ends with a look at report writing and testimony. She shows how to put the data together in a coherent manner with appropriate language and tips on testifying in court. Throughout the book, important points are highlighted in "info," "case law," "beware," and "best practice" boxes. The tables and figures are also very helpful. Appendixes cover cases and statutes, key terms, tests and specialized tools, and references for tests.
Assessment: This is an excellent step-by-step guide through the evaluative process with practical information. It is an invaluable tool for clinicians entering the field, although seasoned veterans can learn from it as well. This should be in the libraries of forensic psychologists.

From the Publisher

"This is an excellent step-by-step guide through the evaluative process with practical information. It is an invaluable tool for clinicians entering the field, although seasoned veterans can learn from it as well. This should be in the libraries of forensic psychologists." — Doody's

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780195341096
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 06/22/2011
Series: Best Practices for Forensic Mental Health Assessments
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.70(d)

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