Court-Ordered Evaluations and Therapy
Substance abuse therapy--We provide treatment for those who are not yet alcohol addicts, but just had too much to drink and used bad judgment by getting behind the wheel, and also those who suffer from chronic addiction to alcohol and/or other drugs. We explore the origin and extent of the problem, resources available for support, and alternative behaviors and lifestyles to the one that brought about the problem. We explore alternatives to the drinking or drugging lifestyle and address issues like finding replacement activities and non-substance abusing friends. We discuss how to handle the impulse to drink and re-frame the view of alcohol as a friend and social lubricant, to the source of the client's current legal problems and accompanying expenses.
Domestic violence referrals--Society has changed and no longer tolerates violence in the home. If police are called to a domestic dispute the court no longer needs to have the offended party press charges. The state will pick up the case, and if someone is convicted of this offense, they are often referred to therapy by the court or their probation officer. We discuss better ways of handling disputes than by force; and how to seek a win-win solution to a disagreement so that everyone's needs are met and problems are resolved in ways that they do not become a constant, recurring source of future conflict. Once the decision is made that violence is not an answer, there are always more productive solutions that will not involve clients in further court cases.
Retail fraud--Sometimes people want something they can't afford, and they decide to take a shortcut and shoplift. In the long run, that turns out to be a much more costly and time consuming solution. In counseling, we explore how clients can get their needs met without breaking the law and taking someone else's property. Do they need job training so they are eligible for better employment? We can provide those connections, as well as exploring what are truly needs and what are wants. The self-esteem someone gets from shoplifting an item of clothing is taken away by the humiliation of being subjected to prosecution and jail or probation. We work on building healthy self-esteem through positive behavior.
Michael Brock provides psychological and substance abuse evaluations for individuals referred by the court or by their attorneys, or for self-referrals. These include Substance Use Evaluations for Secretary of State DAAD Hearings, pre-trial evaluations for pending OWI or DUI cases, and substance abuse/psychological evaluations for people convicted of drinking and driving, domestic violence or retail fraud.
In the past we have done child custody evaluations and forensic interview of children suspected of being abused, and have appeared in court as an expert witness. We no longer handle these cases ourselves, but refer them out to qualified experts in these fields.