Psychological Affiliates Inc delivers Orlando patients state of the art Psychologists services. Our experts specialize in Family Counseling, Psychology and Collaborative Divorce Psychology.
In late October, a man by the name of Bryan Santana was accused of murdering his female roommate, Shelby Fazio, 23, and her pit bull, stealing her car and checkbook and attempting to kill a second roommate with a knife. Due to Santana's actions in his cell right before his trial, Judge Renee Roche ordered a mental examination. Our very own Jacquelyn Olander, a licensed psychologist here at Psychological Affiliates, was selected by the state to examine Santana's mental state. Dr. Olander told the judge that he was competent and she believed he was faking a mental illness, multiple personality disorder, to avoid the trial. Judge Roche found the psychologist's testimony credible, and ordered Santana's trial to begin.
The Family Law Section of The Florida Bar, representing 4,107 members who voluntarily have joined the section, has received approval of its request to join in an amicus brief in the appeal of a Hillsborough County/13th Judicial Circuit court ruling in Shaw v. Shaw involving an attempted divorce of a same-sex couple who legally married in Massachusetts, but now reside in Florida.
In the Shaw case, the trial judge would not enter a divorce decree for the couple because by statute and constitutional provision, Florida does not recognize same-sex marriages. The dismissal of the case has been appealed to the Second District Court of Appeal (Case No. 2D14-2384).
The Florida Bar, a mandatory organization with 98,922 members, will not and cannot take a position in this appeal. Amicus brief filings by a voluntary Florida Bar section, though requiring approval by the Bar’s governing board, are advanced solely with the voluntary dues and separate resources of those subgroups and clearly advocated in the section's name only.
“As a result of this ruling, same-sex couples validly married in other states, but living in Florida, do not have access to our courts for divorce or for the orderly resolution of their legal rights and obligations,” said Gregory W. Coleman, President of The Florida Bar. “Therefore, the Bar’s Board of Governors, while not weighing in on this issue for the entire bar and not commenting on any related social issues, did agree to allow the Family Law Section to do so on behalf of its voluntary members in order to address the issue of access to justice,” he said.
Coleman added that, as officers of the court and stewards of the justice system, lawyers are charged with protecting rights within the framework of the law. He said the Family Law Section’s request to file a brief in this case is based on promoting and protecting the rights of Floridians to have access to our state's court system and to rely upon the legal rights and obligations of civil marriage.
"This action should be understood as a matter of family and matrimonial lawyers seeking finality and certainty in their area of practice, regarding certain basic legal issues, and to assure fairness of treatment and equality of access to our state courts for every Floridian," Coleman said.
The section’s amicus brief will address access to the courts and rely upon the equal protection clauses of both the Florida and United States constitutions, U.S. Supreme Court case law, other state Supreme Court decisions, and fundamental rights. At present, the brief is due to be filed on July 25.
Amicus or "friend of the court" briefs are filed by groups or individuals who are not actual parties in a lawsuit, but who petition an appellate court to comment in the proceedings because of their great interest in the subject matter or to call a higher court's attention to legal issues overlooked at trial, or which the court should additionally consider in its review on appeal.
Psychological Affiliates offers an extensive amount of services, with each psychologist specializing in a specific area. The services provided at this location are psychotherapy Orlando, psychological evaluations, collaborative divorce, forensic psychological evaluations, litigation support, parenting plan evaluations, relationship therapy, neuropsychological evaluations, psychosexual evaluations, psychological evaluations for medical purposes, sex therapy Orlando, and sex offender therapy. As one can see, Psychological Affiliates offers a solution to any mental health issue and works hard towards recovery for each and every individual.
Competency Restoration Training is a service that Psychological Affiliates specializes in. Competency Restoration is an intervention that is psychoeducational. It occurs when an individual has been declared unable to continue in a legal trial because of a combination of minimal understanding, inability to conform his/her behaviors to the claim of the court, and communication deficits. It is generally apart of a multi-faceted treatment strategy including coaching by the defendant’s attorney and psychiatric care. The individual must acknowledge the role of the court officers, the responsibilities and limitations of the court, the antagonistic nature of the courtroom, and have faith that his/her attorney has his/her best interest in mind. This process takes about six to eight sessions (one hour each) and involves post-testing to assure everything taught has been maintained.
Psychological Affiliates is an extraordinary practice that offers a variety of services. The psychologists at this practice make sure that every individual is treated with the highest quality of care and that they get the help that is needed to enhance their quality of life.
Litigation support is provided by Psychological Affiliates through assessment of report consistency, in comparison to the opinions that are provided. If our team feels that a more extensive evaluation is required, we can analyze the data and provide a more thorough review. When deficiencies are identified in the reports, expert testimony and favorable reports can be made available. Additionally, our team of Orlando psychologists are accessible for support, in regards to preparation of questions for cross-examination or direct examinations at trial. When our psychologists work in partnership with legal professionals and the court system, clients feel an increased sense of control, along with an increase in problem-solving approaches, sense of dignity, and personal privacy. At Psychological Affiliates, we understand that each case is unique, and may require more personalized service. Because of this, consultations can be discussed over the phone, or through a convenient form on our website, http://www.psychologicalaffiliates.com.