Nancy Hilsenrath can assist you in many sorts of psychological evaluations such as Drug & Alcohol Evaluations, Court Ordered Mental Health Assessments, Critical Incident Stress Debriefing (CISD), Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), and Fitness for Duty Evaluations (FFDE), to name a few. If you need a psych evaluation, don’t hesitate to contact Nancy to speak further on what you need.
Critical incident stress management programs can be effective in reducing the negative psychological aftermath following a broad array of potentially traumatic incidents. As a result, debriefing provides individuals and groups involved with a critical incident an opportunity to process the event and reflect on the impact of the trauma. Therefore, CISD is most effective if administered within 72 hours of the initial trauma event. Above all, CISD can help diminish the psychological fallout of a critical incident, including negative emotional responses. Likewise, CISD can even lessen or prevent resorting to unhealthy coping mechanisms such as excessive drinking, smoking or drug use.
EMDR is a form of psychotherapy that helps people address the emotional distress of disturbing life experiences. Studies have shown that EMDR can deliver the same results of other forms of psychotherapy on a faster timeline. In addition, organizations ranging from the World Health Organization and Department of Defense recognize EMDR as an effective form of treatment for trauma. EMDR’s powerful effects aren’t limited to severe trauma. The process is also effective at addressing the root causes of other feelings of inadequacy that can lead people to seek therapy.
Fitness for duty evaluations are a key legal tool for employers to determine whether an employee (or prospective employee) can perform the essential functions of the given job at hand. In other words, fitness for duty evaluations can help employers make informed, legally-defensible employment decisions. For instance, they are used by police departments to determine if a prospective officer can safely & effectively perform the job sought, or whether a current officer remains able to perform their assigned role. However, fitness for duty evaluations are appropriate for any roles involving high stress, high stakes, or access to dangerous items such as firearms or controlled substances.
Substance Abuse Evaluations
Most states require a person convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol/drugs (DUI) to complete a substance abuse evaluation.
A substance abuse evaluation is used to identify the possible presence and extent of an offender’s drug/alcohol problem. In addition, the evaluation allows for the development of a treatment plan designed to address the person’s specific circumstances.
A court ordered evaluation typically consists of reviewing the offender’s substance abuse, criminal history, driving record, and arrest report. Sometimes, the offender is required to provide a drug & alcohol urinalysis screening. In conclusion, based on the interview, supporting documents, and results of the urinalysis, a recommendation for a specific treatment program will be given.
The Purpose Of A Substance Abuse Evaluation
- determines if you have a drug or alcohol addiction
- assesses the extent or level of addiction
- determines if there are any co-occurring conditions, including any physical or mental health concerns, as well as polydrug use
- assesses how substance use affects your life
- allows the treatment team to establish a baseline and build a treatment plan for your needs and recovery