Civil competency is an area that gets significantly less attention than competency in criminal proceedings. It’s definitely not a topic that you are going to see on Law & Order anytime soon. We regularly get questions about civil competency and the mental...read more
The term “diminished capacity” occasionally comes up in the world of forensic psychology. It doesn’t get as much attention as not guilty by reason of insanity (NGRI), but it’s still an important psycho-legal construct that forensic psychologists can evaluate for....read more
What’s the difference between an IEP (individualized education plan) and a 504 plan? The laws and rules regarding academic accommodations, IEPs, and 504 plans can be very confusing for parents. As a parent, you have enough to worry about so I’m going to help answer a...read more
Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity vs. Incompetent to Stand Trial: What’s the Difference Between Them?
The terms insanity and competency are two legal terms that come up often in the criminal justice system. Most people get the two terms mixed up and don’t know the differences between them. We’ve already talked about Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity (NGRI) and...read more
What does it mean when a defendant pleads, Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity (NGRI)? You’ve probably heard the term “insanity” thrown around but most people don’t know the legal criteria for an NGRI plea. "Insanity” is a legal term rather than a medical or mental...read more
If you’ve watched enough Law and Order, you’ve probably heard the term “Incompetent to Stand Trial (IST)” or competency to stand trial. We get a lot of questions from attorneys asking us if their clients are competent to stand trial. The rules and laws surrounding...read more
Why Do I Need a Psychological Evaluation Before Surgery? Two Reasons Why Your Surgeon Will Request an Evaluation
If you’re a candidate for certain surgeries, there is a very high probability that you will be referred to a psychologist for an evaluation prior to your surgery. You might be thinking, "Why do I need a psychological evaluation before surgery?". The reality is that...read more
Immigration has become a hot button topic in the United States over the past several years. There are more and more people every year applying for various waivers and petitions in order to stay in the United States and build a better life for themselves and their...read more
Learning Disabilities & Academic Accommodations: Everything You Wanted to Know About Getting Academic Accommodations on Standardized Tests
We get a lot of questions from clients regarding how to get academic accommodations on standardized tests. Clients are often very anxious or stressed because they have to take a standardized test in order to get into graduate school, law school, or medical school....read more
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