Hillman provides psychological evaluations, consultations, and
testimony in areas of insanity, substance abuse, and risk for violence,
including sexual violence. See bio.
Located in Chicago, he has provided these services in Cook County and throughout Illinois.
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Also provided are consultations and mini-training sessions for lawyers and other groups. Presentations include:
Anatomy of a Psychological Evaluation
What to expect from a forensic evaluation, from the referral question
to summary and recommendations. What are the considerations for
standards of evidence, and how to know if the report is complete. How
collateral information is used and what kinds of tests are used. This
is a concise review of the content and form of an evaluation and report.
How Do We Determine Malingering?
An attractive, “easy out” for many violators is to fake mental
illness—a ruse used to avoid consequences of behavior. Malingering can
be hard to isolate within those who may be suffering from a mental
illness, brain damage, and drug or alcohol dependence. There are tests
and techniques for identifying malingering. This presentation offers a
quick overview of the warning signs of malingering and the kind of
psych evaluation that detects it.
Competency to stand trial, competency to waive Miranda rights, and
competency to confess involve knowledge and understanding of due
process and rights associated with police interrogation and court
proceedings. Competencies in all three areas are related to age, I.Q.,
personality, and experience.
Sanity at the Time of the Offense
Criminal responsibility is defined differently from one state to
another. Within Illinois and federal cases, the questions for court
are; whether, at the time of the offense, the defendant had a mental
disorder and that disorder prevented the defendant from substantially
appreciating the criminality of conduct.
Risk for Violence
The conflict between the need for prediction and the limitations of
predictive accuracy make this controversial. Review of research and
trends related to prediction of violence. How an evaluation is
conducted, what tools are used, and how the results are presented to
Sex Offender Evaluations
In an emotionally charged field, evaluations for civil commitment are
scrutinized by both defense and prosecution. This is an overview of
actuarial tools, static and dynamic factors, and best practice
standards associated with forensic evaluations of sex offenders.