Forensic Evaluation Program - Reviews

Published review of "Forensic Uses of Clinical Assessment Instruments" (ed.) Robert P. Archer

 

- excerpts from Leslie B. Rosen, PsycCRITIQUES August 2, 2006, Vol. 51(31), Article 12

 

Archer's "Forensic uses of clinical assessment instruments is a collection of 11 chapters that review clinical assessment instruments, or families of clinical assessment instruments, that are used both as clinical assessment, diagnostic, and treatment tools and as instruments used to answer referral questions posed in a legal context... 

This book allows judges and attorneys to inquire adequately as to the admissibility of testing data as the basic of professional opinions offered to the court.  The importance of research to the process of assessment, clinical or forensic, comes sharply into focus in this book and gives the reader the knowledge needed to use the instruments reviewed appropriately and with confidence... 

 Students interested in forensic practice will have a resource that provides the data needed to describe the reliability and validity of an instrument they want to use as part of an evaluation in a contested case... 

All in all, this book is densely packed with information about a number of instruments used in clinical and forensic settings... 

This is a well-written book that needs a wide readership so that professionalism will expand in the area of clinical and forensic assessments."