Types of Forensic Evaluations

Champions offers multiple types of Forensic Evaluation services through experienced and licensed Psychologists. Forensic psychology operates at the interface of two disciplines, psychology and law. The process involves review of records, forensic interview, psychological testing, and collateral information gathering. The following are examples of Forensic Evaluations offered:

  • Pre-trial and Sentencing (Mitigation, Diminished Capacity)

  • Sex Offender Evaluation

  • Fitness for Duty

  • Workplace Violence

  • Malingering Evaluation

  • Conservatorship

  • Guardianship

  • Testamentary Capacity

  • Bail Evaluation

  • Sex Predator Evaluation for Registration

  • Dangerousness & Risk

  • Juvenile Placement

  • Parental Fitness/ Dependency Court

  • Termination of Parental Rights

  • Competency

  • Emotional Damage

  • Substance Use

  • Mentally Disordered Offender Evaluations (California Penal Code 2960)

  • General

Referral Process

Referrals should be sent to Veronica Hernandez for assignment to the Psychologist(s). Please ensure that you have included all necessary documents needed for records review and consideration. Please ensure that the referral and Release of Information is also included in this initial scan. 

Should you have any questions please feel free to contact Veronica Hernandez or call (559) 583-9300. 


Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)

PCIT is an evidence-based treatment for young children with emotional and behavioral disorders that places emphasis on improving the quality of the parent-child relationship and changing parent-child interaction patterns. 

Parent-Child Interactive Therapy offers treatment for parents and children to help improve the parent-child relationship by teaching the parent skills to manage their child’s challenging behavior problems.  

Who Is PCIT For?

  • Parents who are overwhelmed or stressed and unsure how to deal with their child’s challenging behaviors; and, children who are between 2 and 8 years of age and have behavioral problems such as difficulty in school, preschool, daycare and/or show signs of aggressive behaviors towards parents, siblings, teachers, and other children.

Champions Recovery is a PCIT provider.  Please contact Veronica Hernandez for more information at 559-772-8144 or by email at vhernandez@championsrecovery.org


Multidimensional Family Therapy (MDFT)

MDFT is an effective family-centered treatment for youth. Multidimensional Family Therapy (MDFT) is an integrated, comprehensive, family-centered treatment for youth problems and disorders. MDFT prevents out-of-home placement. MDFT focuses on key areas of the adolescent’s life and provides an effective and cost-efficient treatment.

MDFT addresses a range of youth problem behaviors – substance abuse, delinquency, antisocial and aggressive behaviors, school and family problems, and emotional difficulties. It can be implemented in substance abuse and mental health treatment, child welfare, and juvenile justice systems, including detention centers and juvenile drug courts.

MDFT promotes change:

  • Within the heart and mind of the adolescent

  • In how parents relate to and influence their children

  • In how the family solves problems and loves one another

  • And in the family's interactions with school, juvenile justice, and their community

Targeted Population:

  • Youth between the ages of 9 and 26 (note that the treatment approach adjusts to different developmental and biological ages)

  • Have at least one parent/guardian, or parental figure able to participate in treatment (Note that the parent/guardian can be another family member or adult. They may not always reside together, but the parental figure is a person of significant influence in the youth’s life).

  • Not actively suicidal (ideation and plan) requiring immediate stabilization

  • Not suffering from a psychotic disorder (unless temporary and due to drug use)