Cultural Wellbeing & Psycho-Legal Service

Where ever psychological/psychiatric injury or head injury has occurred or there are questions about Capacity, or there are needs for treatment, then our panel of expert psychiatrists, medical doctors, and psychologists, who are well experienced and many viewed among the best in their professions, are ready to be instructed to deliver timely independent assessments (including culture/Faith sensitive), diagnosis, recommendations, reports and/or conduct treatment/interventions.

 

What Level of Assessments?

  • Brief Psycho-Legal Assessment and Report: Covers the psychological impact and identify treatable symptoms that requires management.
  • Comprehensive Psycho-Legal Assessment and Full Report: Covers all the activities under Brief Psycho-Legal Assessment and Report, but with additional work such as:
    • Screening of memory functioning and level of cognitive impairment (if appropriate),
    • Interview with one or two family members for social and emotional impacts,
    • Professional second opinion from the client’s country of origin (if appropriate),
    • Prognosis and treatment planning, and
    • Peer review of the report with the reviewer’s comments forming part of the report.

 

What Type of Assessment?

  • Personal Psychological or Psychiatric Injury cases for Claimant and Defendant Legal Representatives. Personal Injury is ‘any disease and any impairment of a person’s physical or mental condition’ (s.38, Limitation Act 1980). For a Claim relating to psychiatry or mental health to be successful, the Claimant has to have a proven ‘recognisable psychiatric illness’ (e.g. trauma, anger, see list) from:
    • Accidents (vehicle, workplace, or public place) or
    • Other human actions (e.g. detention, miscarriage of justices, corporate or professional negligence, bullying and harassment, etc).
    • Clinical, medical or psychiatric negligence: A breach of legal duty of care to a person (entitled to receive treatment for medical or psychiatric conditions) by another which leads to damage to that person. Or it may be the psychological consequences of other medical negligence trauma (e.g. failed duty of care in diagnosis, medication, surgery, psychotherapy, delayed treatment, counselling, childbirth (e.g. damage to an unborn child), or psychiatric treatment. Or it may be failure in things not done that needed to have been done (e.g. denying a needed care, or not giving warnings on   risks on planned treatment).
  • Head Injury cases where an individual may have a brain injury or suffered cognitive difficulties (e.g. impairment with concentration or memory).
  • Difficulty with Capacity to Conduct Proceedings or whether or not an individual is able to make an informed decision due to an impairment or disturbance in the brain or mind functioning.
  • A need for a second opinion required by the Health Ombudsman, Family Doctors, Mental Health and many other organisations. This may involve:
    • Reliability of assessment diagnosis and prognosis, decisions on effective treatment,
    • Discontinuation with an agreed treatment package.
    • Conflicts between treatment teams and families, and their treating team.
  • Asylum & Immigration Law: Psychological and social impact of deportation or detention on an individual or family with valid fears for their own or their family’s safety should they be returned to their native country, or if they have been abuse and/or torture victims with a psychiatric disorder (e.g. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
  • Public and Private Family Law: Reports for the Family Courts on parents, children and families.
  • Criminal Law: Reports for the Crown Prosecution Service and the defence. Assessment may take place in or outside custody.
  • Mental Health ACT Appeals: Reports on appropriateness of a placement and the suitability of treatment and/or medication for patients detained in hospital under the civil sections in Part II, Hospital Orders under Section 37, with or without Restriction Orders under Section 41, in Part III of the Mental Health Act (MHA,1983, as amended by the MHA 2007).
  • Employment Law: Tribunals and Occupational Health Reports on employment issues that require a psychiatric assessment while the staff member is still working with early  signs of a concern, or after a short- or long-term sick leave.   An assessment could be useful to a staff member and their employer to capture undiagnosed problems, and/or to facilitate a phased return to work.  An assessment could also be useful for a pending Employment Tribunal proceedings.
  • Housing Law: Reports where housing issues have or are causing psychiatric injury to individuals, families and corporate health.
  • Families’ legal mediation, advocacy, para-legal skills training and intervention through

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  • Psychological and Cognitive Behavioural (CBT) functioning.
  • Neuropsychological/cognitive functioning.
  • Neuropsychiatric functioning.
  • Psychiatric functioning.
  • Learning difficulties/disabilities, including ADHD, Autism, and Asperger’s.
  • Historic child abuse.
  • Personality.
  • Fitness to work / return to work.
  • IQ/Mental Capacity.
  • Age assessment.
  • Placement options / sibling separation.
  • Mental health assessments.
  • Global family assessments.
  • Transgender assessments.
  • Sexual risk of children.
  • Family assessments.
  • Risk assessments.
  • Pre-sentencing & Probation assessment.
  • Criminal responsibility.
  • ABE Interview reviews and reports.
  • Mental health review panels.
  • Fitness to stand trial.
  • Fitness to Plead.
  • Pregnancy related-occupational and psychological risk assessments.
  • Cases outside the above remits may also be covered.

 

What We Address and Manage?

 

‘Recognisable psychiatric illness’ including:

  • Psychological trauma or Post-traumatic
  • stress disorder (PTSD). Adjustment disorder.
  • Depression, anxiety, phobias, stress.
  • Victims of crime, historic child abuse.
  • Sexual dysfunction. Munchausen.
  • Addiction – drugs, alcohol, gambling etc.
  • Personality disorder, bi-polar, schizophrenia.
  • Domestic violence. Female Genital Mutilation.
  • Attachment.  Bereavement.
  • Neglect/abuse. Abusive/Neglectful Parenting.
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder.
  • Pain/conditions: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, fibromyalgia, diabetes, etc

 

Specific cultural/faith related mental health issues:

  • Guilt, shame, self-esteem, anger, relationships, bullying,
  • Family conflicts, Parents and children in distress.
  • Child risk of aggressive or behavioural disorders.
  • Families injured due to false accusation of abuse.
  • Parents misdiagnosed as fit/unfit parents.
  • Children misdiagnosed as abused/un-abused.
  • Work stress for professionals working with children and families.
  • Difficulties faced by migrants, refugees and business men and women.
  • War/disaster or political trauma. Emotional, verbal, sexual, financial, religious, physical, resource controls, manipulations & abuses.
  • Emotional & physical exhaustion or distress from exposure to a crisis or for caring (carers’for someone with a long-term physical or mental health condition.
  • Distress/coping with someone’s mental health issue (carers’ stress).
  • Emotional problems induced by financial (e.g.  debt), housing or legal needs.
  • Many more (See our website)

 

What Interventions We Offer?

  • Psychological Therapies: Immediate access to psychological therapies as integral part of rehabilitation to children, parents, adults and families:
    • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) with proven effectiveness for anxiety, depression, eating disorders, panic attacks, post-traumatic stress and phobias.
    • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) psychotherapy with proven effectiveness for trauma, anxiety, abuse, depression, and addictions.
    • Clinical psychology for complicated disorders.
    • Counselling with proven effectiveness for depression, bereavement and relationships.
    • Dialectical behavioural therapy (DBT) with proven effectiveness for borderline personality disorder (BPD), spectrum mood disorders, including self-injury.
    • Culture/Faith Sensitive Counselling & Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT): Courses, groups and one to one session to help you talk, process your feelings, gain understanding, and acquire practical strategies and life skills to cope with your difficulties or attain resilience.
    • Couple or Family Interventions.
  • Psychological Reunification: Of children and parents separated due to fostering or other reasons.
  • Parenting Awareness course: For blending modern and traditional parenting for safe and legally allowed parenting styles.
  • Coaching and Mentoring: For parents or children.
  • Online Support: Interactive Online flexible emotional support.
  • See our website for more therapy and counselling approaches.

 

Discounts

  • Brief psycho-legal assessment and report: Reduced from fixed fee of £450 to negotiable £350 to £450. *your firm may make an offer between this range and we may accept it as the fixed fee with annual review to keep the same or to increase.
  • Comprehensive psycho-legal assessment and report: Reduced from fixed fee of £950 to £700 fixed fee.
  • Psychological therapy: Reduced from fixed £250 per session to £150 per session fixed fee.

 

To book or to discuss bulk referrals, contact us: info@healthcity.org.uk or 0333 789 0012

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