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(p. 88) Preparation for the Evaluation 

(p. 88) Preparation for the Evaluation
(p. 88) Preparation for the Evaluation

Antoinette Kavanaugh

and Thomas Grisso

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date: 26 January 2021

Chapter 4 offers guidance for the clinician in the earliest stages of the evaluation process before engaging in the evaluation itself. The first section focuses on whether the clinician is competent to perform Miller evaluations. It focuses on what is required of the clinician in terms of specialized knowledge, ways to avoid bias, and other special demands of Miller cases. The second section focuses on communications with the party requesting the evaluation (typically an attorney) and describes how to reach agreement about objectives and creating the proper expectations for both the attorney and the clinician. Finally, various logistical matters are discussed regarding location of evaluations, time frames, and gaining access to relevant records and collateral interviewees. The chapter concludes with suggestions for planning the evaluation itself.

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