Mental Health Evaluators

Measurement tools

These resources and webinars review measurement tools used in psychological testing.  You are already familiar with many of these.  The selection of a tool appropriate to your population and construct is essential for the success of your evaluation.

You will see how validity and reliability are assessed for a measurement tool.  The basic process to examine the validity and reliability of a measurement tool reveals that the process is quite accessible.

In his webinar “Outcome Evaluation for Torture Treatment Centers: Concepts and Strategies”, Ken Miller’s case studies of tool development will

Mental Health Tools

Several evaluation and assessment tools have been developed by torture rehabilitation experts. Below is a list of the most common tools. Some of these have been translated, but not all translations have been validated.  
Please contact the appropriate organization to learn more about each tool and for permission to use the tools.

Mental Health First Aid Kit

SAMHSA’s Division of Prevention, Traumatic Stress and Special Programs has compiled a very useful compliation of mental health resources in this Mental Health First Aid Kit. 

Introduction to Training for Mental Health Professionals Evaluating Torture Survivors for Asylum Claims

This mental health evaluator training section has been compiled through the combined efforts of Lisa Matos, Project Director of the Human Rights Clinic of HealthRight International, and participants in the National Capacity Building Project's 2011 institute: Torture Survivors Seeking Asylum: The Intersection of Forensic Mental Health Evaluation and Legal Representation.

Should discrepant accounts given by asylum seekers be taken as proof of deceit?

Jane Herlihy, DClinPsych and Stuart Turner, MD, BChir, MA. TORTURE Journal, Volume 16, No. 2, 2006

The consistency of an asylum-seeker’s account has become a central question in determining asylum status. One of the ways in which credibility is judged by decision makers is the assessment of the account given by the claimant of his or her experiences of persecution. The authors address one area of decision making regarding judgments of credibility which seems not to be based on the best scientific knowledge, but on incorrect lay assumptions about how memory works.

Note: The link below is to the

Expert Witness in Immigration Proceedings

Malphrus, Garry (2010), Immigration Law Advisor - A Monthly Legal Publication of the Executive Office for Immigration Review, Vol. 4, No. 5, 1-14

This article examines case law from the Board of Immigration Appeals and the Federal circuit courts of appeals addressing the use of expert evidence in immigration proceedings, including questions of admissibility and weight. It also discusses the Federal Rules of Evidence regarding expert evidence as a possible guide to assist in navigating this terrain.

Secondary Traumatization and Burnout in Professionals Working with Torture Survivors

Birck, Angelika (2001), Traumatology, 7: 85-90

Abstract: Twenty-five professionals of the Treatment Center for Torture Victims in Berlin (BZFO) took part in a study about burnout, secondary traumatization and satisfaction with work. Burnout was very low, whereas PTSD-like symptoms were increased in mental health professionals as well as in administration staff. Beliefs about the value and safety of other people were most disrupted. Satisfaction with work was high.


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