Understanding cognitive functioning beyond the IQ score has been shown to inform an understanding of the risk of recidivism. Unrecognised impairments are often important barriers to treatment (a responsivity issue). In particular, for forensic clients, the addition of neuropsychological evaluation to traditional risk assessment is often essential to accurately assess reoffending risk and identify individual specific responsivity issues, which in turn become targets for treatment.
For Criminal Law matters, comprehensive forensic neuropsychological assessment assesses an individual’s cognitive functioning in relation to their behaviours and the legal question.
Such evaluation is important where the client may be experiencing a condition impacting brain functioning such as acquired brain injury (due to traumatic insult, stroke, substance abuse etc), neurodegenerative disorder (e.g. dementia, Parkinson’s or Huntington’s) or complex mental illness (e.g. schizophrenia).
Based on comprehensive neuropsychological and forensic assessment, reports can address topics such as risk, pre-sentencing, fitness to stand trial, section 32 (Austlii), substantial impairment, and management or treatment needs. Our assessments include evaluation of client engagement and effort in order to ensure the validity of results and provided opinion.
In the Civil Law arena, neuropsychological assessment can assist in identifying cognitive impairments resulting from an accident such as a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Assessments can examine the severity and impact of the impairment on an individual’s current functioning, rehabilitation needs, and ability to return to activities such as education and employment. Such assessments are useful for insurer or solicitor claim evaluations as well as employers or service providers involved in rehabilitation.
We can also provide assessments regarding an individual’s capacity to make specific financial, medical, and lifestyle decisions. These assessments can assist decisions by the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT).
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