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Forensic Services

Northern Illinois Institute of Forensic Psychology (NIIFP)

Forensic evaluations require a high level of knowledge and expertise; all NIIFP professionals have specialized training and extensive backgrounds in their areas of services.  NIIFP evaluations are completed individually or by a team of professionals, depending on the nature of the evaluation and the need of the parties.  Our referral sources include judges, attorneys, law enforcement agencies, human resource departments, court personnel, and school administrators.

Civil Evaluations

Our staff conducts :

  • Custody/visitation/removal evaluations
  • Pre-decree and post-decree divorce mediation
  • Sexual abuse assessments
  • Guardianship evaluations
  • Competency to consent to treatment evaluations
  • Parental fitness evaluations. 

Consultation Services

Consultation services are some of the most cost-effective ways to obtain assistance in legal matters without having clients endure further evaluations.  We provide consultation to attorney for deposition and trial preparation, research on mental health issues, consultation to clients, and can provide educational training seminars for attorneys, judges, court personnel and law enforcement agencies. 

Criminal Evaluations

Our staff can provide a range of evaluations including:

  • NGRI
  • Competency to stand trial/understand Miranda Rights
  • Pre-sentencing evaluations
  • Competency to enter a plea
  • Juvenile disposition evaluations
  • Psychological evaluations for sentencing and downward departure
  • Domestic violence evaluations
  • DUI evaluations 

Domestic Violence Evaluation and Treatment Program

Arlene Messner-Peters, LCSW, and Alan Heigert, LCPC have been conducting Domestic Violence Evaluations for several years, whether ordered by the court, or as requested by an individual.  Following the assessment, a treatment program can be implemented.  Mr. Heigert and Ms. Messner-Peters have been conducting therapy for adults with domestic violence issues for over a decade.  Both individual and group therapy methods can be employed.  Ms. Messner-Peters runs an ongoing group to assist men who have been charged with domestic battery.  Mr. Heigert specializes in providing comprehensive evaluations for juvenile court.

Pick Up/Drop-Off Center

We are a pick up/drop off location for families that need supervised transfers of children.  That is, when the court requires the pick-up and/or drop-off of children to be in a public setting under supervision, we are able to provide this service at a reasonable cost.  We are available on weekdays, evenings, and weekends. 

Reunification Therapy

In some families, children are estranged from one parent or have significant difficulty reestablishing a relationship with that parent.  From a physical safety standpoint, these parents do not pose a risk to their children.  However, for many reasons there are emotional risks of having the parents involved with the child/children without reintegration therapy.  The purpose of reintegration therapy is to assist a child/children and a parent establish or reestablish a positive and emotionally healthy relationship.  Our licensed professional staff work with these families to help them move towards a more comfortable and healthy relationship.  Our staff also work with the attorneys and courts in developing a plan to move the family towards more independence and reduced need of outside intervention services. 

Supervised Visitation

Supervised visitation is provided when the court requires a parent to be supervised during parenting time with their child/children.  Our agency is able to provide this service in our Libertyville office and in public locations.  We are able to supervise visits in restaurants, parks, and other public locations.  

When providing this service at our office, we can offer a broad spectrum of family activities.  We have a gym/recreation room available so that families are not confined to having visits in an office.  We have sports and other equipment available to use for these visits. 

Therapeutic Supervision

Therapeutic supervision is often ordered by the court to provide families not only with a safe and secure place for visitation, but also to help parents and children develop or reestablish healthy and positive relationships.  Our staff is able to work with families to meet both of these goals.  Furthermore, we can provide a combination of both services for those families that need supervised visits for several hours followed by a therapy session to process the visit and help families build stronger and healthier relationships.

Workplace Services

Our staff conducts:

  • Fitness for Duty evaluations
  • Pre-employment Screening for Public Safety Officers
  • Violence/Risk/Threat Assessment evaluations in the workplace and school Psychological/Neuropsychological testing for case study evaluations.