OUR SERVICES

FORENSIC PSYCHOLOGY

Human Relations Institute & Clinics is a specialist in providing psychological services within forensic sciences. We are specialized in assessment and counseling of forensic cases in the community, training, as well as research and consultancy to other professionals working with the client group.
Forensic psychology is the interface between psychology and the law, including:

Family Court

Child Custody Evaluations, Visitation Risk Assessments, Grandparent Visitation Evaluations, Mediation of Parental Conflicts about Children, Child Abuse Evaluations, Adoption Readiness Evaluations, Development of Family Reunification Plans, and Evaluations to Assess Termination of Parental Rights.

Civil Court

Personal Injury Evaluations, IME Second Opinion Evaluations, Assessment of Emotional Factors in Sexual Harassment and Discrimination, Worker's Compensation Evaluations, Civil Competency Evaluations, and Psychological Autopsies.

Criminal Court

Evaluations of Juveniles accused of criminal acts, Juvenile Pre-sentencing Evaluations, Juvenile Probation Evaluations, Juvenile Waiver Evaluations, Evaluating the Credibility of Child Witnesses, Assessment of Juvenile and Adult Sexual Offenders, Competency and Diminished Capacity Evaluations, and Adult Pre-sentencing Evaluations.

CRITICAL INCIDENT STRESS DEBRIEFING

Critical Incident is any extraordinary event, circumstance or series of events which are outside the range of ordinary human experiences.

They are overwhelming, powerful and generally disruptive to individuals, groups or communities. Some examples are earthquakes, floods, war, assault, robbery, suicide, fire, explosions, hostage situations, accidents, kidnappings, murder, and terrorism.

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS & RESPONSE PLANNING

Developing a plan in advance is of the essence. Basic preparation plans for an evacuation need to be made in advance of the event. A summary or outline of the plan should be maintained in a safe location in the home which is known to all adults in the family.

FORENSIC ASSESSMENT FOR SECURITY IN EMPLOYEE RECRUITMENT, SELECTION & PLACEMENT

The contribution of psychology to the world of work constitutes a long and impressive record. Security has a direct relationship to employee selection and behavior, psychologists provide a unique perspective and contribution to human vulnerability and organizational safety.

The Forensic Organizational Psychology Service has expertise as the “Social Architects” for human resources consulting to business and NGOs, offering assistance in the following: Occupational Psychometrics, Training and Development, Vocational and Aptitude Testing, Stress Management, Transitional Leadership and Change and Consultancy, Organizational Behavior, Critical Incident Stress Debriefing, and Emergency Preparedness.

This consulting program help reduce threat of corporate vulnerability, human devastation, economic damage and ruin. Careful understanding of recruitment measures to rule out an individual, or group, with clandestine motive(s) can save corporation and community from preventable financial expenditure and most importantly human loss.

HOMELAND SECURITY

This course focuses on the intelligence and counterintelligence aspects of homeland security, as those aspects relate to the four central missions of a homeland security agency: domestic security, emergency preparedness, technology policy, and timely intelligence for preemptive action and improved policymaking.

Knowledge will be obtained about how to provide security against various hazards (e.g., bombings, chemical, biological, cyber), how to protect critical infrastructures (e.g., transportation, borders, agriculture), and how to plan for effective response and recovery efforts (e.g., first responder, law enforcement, humanitarian relief efforts).

The principles and practices of emergency planning and management (e.g., risk analysis, emergency preparedness, incident command) are emphasized in this course, and the instruction also focuses upon recent and ongoing efforts at government reorganization and restructuring as well as newly emerging principles of interagency, multijurisdictional cooperation involving the private sector, law enforcement, academia, NGOs, and citizens-at-large.

PSYCHOLOGICAL AND MEDICAL INVESTIGATION: THE CRIME SCENE

This program is intended for use by law enforcement and other responders who have responsibility for protecting crime scenes, preserving physical evidence, and collecting and submitting the evidence for scientific examination. Physical evidence has the potential to play a critical role in the overall investigation and resolution of a suspected crimial act. Realization of this potential depends on actions taken early in the criminal investigation at the crime scene. Developments in technology and improvements in the analysis and interpretation of physical evidence recovered from crime scenes will place even greater importance on properly documented and preserved evidence.

An important factor influencing the ultimate legal significance of this scientific evidence is that investigators follow an objective, thorough, and thoughtful approach. The goal of this process is to recognize and preserve physical evidence that will yield reliable information to aid in the investigation. Investigators should approach the crime scene investigation as if it will be their only opportunity to preserve and recover these physical clues. They should consider other case information or statements from witnesses or suspects carefully in their objective assessment of the scene.

POLITICAL PSYCHOLOGY

Political psychology is an interdisciplinary academic field dedicated to the correlation between psychology and political science, with a focus on the role of human thought, emotion, and behavior in politics.

While the grammar of "political psychology" tends to stress psychology as the central field, the discipline could also be accurately labeled "the psychology of politics."

Also not fully conveyed by the label is the wide scope of the disciplines from which political psychology draws, including anthropology, cognitive and personality psychology, sociology, clinical psychology, and other more distant fields such as economics, philosophy, and the arts.

TERRORISM AND TERRORIST PSYCHOLOGY

Terrorism is a method of combat in which random or symbolic victims become targets of violence. Through the previous use of violence or the credible threat of violence, other members of a group are put in a state of chronic fear (terror). The victimization of the target is considered extra-normal by most observers... which in turn creates an audience beyond the target of terror

In his publications, Dr. Hamden, the head of Human Relations Institute & Clinics, categorizes 4 terrorists types: Psychopathic, Ethno-geographic (religious, political) and Retribution (a term he coined when a 1986 Visiting Fellow, Center for International Development and Conflict Management, University of Maryland, College Park).