Purpose: Designed as a guide for comprehensive psychological assessment with clients in the criminal, juvenile, and civil justice systems.
Population: Clients within the criminal, juvenile, and civil justice systems.
Author: Stephen B. Lawrence.
Description: The Lawrence Psychological-Forensic Examination (LAW-PSI) was gradually developed during ten years of practical experience working with clients, attorneys and judges within the criminal justice system. The LAW-PSI provides mental health professionals with a concise yet detailed handbook as a guide for comprehensive psychological assessments and report writing with clients in the criminal, juvenile, and civil justice systems. The author cautions that this instrument is not a definitive forensic took, but rather a detailed guideline to aid both the skilled clinician in making a wide variety of clinical and legal judgments with criminal justice clients. These judgments often require a clinician to determine clients’ motivations, specific intentions and other legally precise mental states of mind at the time of the commission of alleged offenses which may have occurred days, weeks, or months in the past.
Reliability and Validity: Information on reliability and validity is not contained in the manual.
Suggested Uses: Recommended uses include assessment of clients within the criminal justice system.