The Clinical Applicability of Therapeutic Assessment Techniques in Forensic Assessment

Date of Award


Document Type

Doctoral Research Paper

Degree Name


Organizational Unit

Graduate School of Professional Psychology

First Advisor

Lavita Nadkarni

Second Advisor

Jamie Shapiro

Third Advisor

Diane Guerra


Therapeutic assessment, Forensic assessment


Therapeutic Assessment (TA) continues to expand its use in the field of psychological assessment due to TA's ability to bring the client in as a collaborator and increase the client's awareness and understanding of the presenting problem. While forensic assessment tends to follow a more structured format, certain TA techniques, such as feedback and discussion, could help to increase examinee awareness and knowledge about not only themselves, but how they function within their day to day life and within varying forensic systems. This paper examines the foundations of both TA and forensic-based mental health evaluations and recommends the introduction of specific TA approaches within forensic assessment, utilizing a case example to display the benefits this procedure can provide. In addition, this paper will explore broader implications for the forensic field, as well as limitations.

Publication Statement

Copyright held by the author. Permanently suppressed.


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