This article, co-authored with my former trainee and colleague Tyson Bailey, speaks to the common and problematic phenomenon of how persons with complex trauma are misdiagnosed by forensic evaluators who are not trauma-informed. The risks to the quality of forensic evaluation when complex trauma is not taken into account or identified correctly, and the costs to the legal system of these failures, are addressed. We propose educational strategies for forensic evaluators that will increase their competence in the field of trauma.
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Bailey, T.D & Brown, L.S. (2020). Complex trauma: Missed and misdiagnosis in forensic evaluations. Psychological Injury and Law 13, 109–123.