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  Benson Psychological Services - Fargo, North Dakota   Benson Psychological Services, PC
1308 23rd Street South, Suite G
Fargo, ND 58103
Phone 701.297.7540
Fax 701.297.6439
 
Benson Psychological Services - Fargo, North Dakota
Benson Psychological Services - Fargo, North Dakota
Benson Psychological Services - Fargo, North Dakota
 
 

Benson Psychological Services, PC

Stacey Benson, PsyD, LP

Lynne M. Flanders, MSW, LICSW, ACSW

Dion X. Darveaux, PhD, LP

Eileen Stone, PsyD, LP

Kelly C.F. Smith, PsyD, LP

Usha Singh, LPCC, NCC, LMFT

Kristy Kiland, MS

June Forde, MS, LPCC

Donya Blair-Tischer, MA

Sara Quam, PsyD, LP

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Benson Psychological Services, PC of Fargo, North Dakota
Forensic Services

 
 

Benson Psychological Services, PC provides a wide variety of forensic services. Our skilled clinicians are ready and able to complete psychological evaluations with subsequent court testimony on many issues.

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Stacey Benson, PsyD, LP

Stacey Benson, PsyD, LP

 

 
Stacey Benson, PsyD, LP
  Stacey Benson
PsyD, LP
   
Dr. Benson is the President and CEO of Benson Psychological Services, PC. Dr. Benson was born in Fargo, North Dakota and graduated from Moorhead State University before attending graduate school at the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology. She did her internship in a federal prison (FCI-Tallahassee), and her residency at Southeast Human Service Center in Fargo, ND. Dr. Benson was the chief psychologist at a community mental health center in Fargo for 10 years, prior to resigning to focus full time at her private practice.

Dr. Stacey Benson is a licensed psychologist with over 15 years’ experience providing clinical and forensic work. Dr. Benson provides forensic evaluations, expert testimony and clinical consultation to attorneys on a wide variety of forensic cases, but with specific expertise in working with individuals charged or convicted of a sexual crime. She has testified in state, federal and military court and has testified numerous times since 2004 in Civil Commitment hearings of Sexually Dangerous Individuals. Other areas of forensic specialties include competency evaluations, criminal responsibility, threat assessments, violence risk, psychological injuries, parental capacities and more.

Dr. Benson belongs to local and national organizations and has taken leadership roles in both. She has been a board member of the North Dakota Psychological Association since 2005 and served as President for two of those years. She has recently been elected to be North Dakotas Council Representative to the American Psychological Association. Dr. Benson is a member of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA), the Minnesota Association of Sexual Abusers (Mn-ATSA), the Sex Offenders Civil Commitment Providers Network (SOCCPN), the North Dakota Psychological Association (NDPA), the American Psychological Association (APA) as well as Division 41 (American Psychology-Law Society) and Division 42 (Psychologists in Independent Practice). Dr. Benson is a certified trainer in the Static 99R, Stable 2007 and Acute 2007, the most well studied and most used assessment instruments for sexual offenders in the world. There are currently less than 10 certified trainers in the United States, and less than 30 in the world.

She has spoken at the University of North Dakota Medical School's Grand Rounds, at the University of North Dakota, North Dakota State University, Minnesota State University-Moorhead, Merit Care, Sanford, Prairie St. John's, the North Dakota State Penitentiary, the North Dakota Psychological Association and on local radio and television regarding sexual offenders. Dr. Benson has taught Human Sexuality at North Dakota State University since 2000.

Dr. Benson’s clinical practice includes the provision of therapy services for a wide variety of mental health concerns to include depression, anxiety, self-esteem, relationship issues, and sexual concerns.

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  Kelly C. F. Smith, PsyD, LP

Kelly C. F. Smith, PsyD, LP

 

 
Kelly C. F. Smith, PsyD, LP
  Kelly C. F. Smith
PsyD, LP
   
Dr. Kelly Smith is a licensed clinical psychologist who completes evaluations related to adult and juvenile sexual and/or violent reoffense risk, parental capacity, adoption qualification, sensitive employment, learning disabilities, chronic pain, and diagnostic clarification. She also provides evidence-based individual and group treatment for a wide variety of mental health conditions. Dr. Smith completed her undergraduate education at Colorado State University. She obtained her master’s and doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology from Pacific University’s School of Professional Psychology. She completed an APA-accredited internship at Southeast Human Service Center and a psychology residency at Benson Psychological Services.

Her experience includes provision of clinical services in community mental health clinics, state prisons, an academic health science center, residential settings, and mobile crisis settings.

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  Kristy Kiland, MS

Kristy Kiland, MS

 

 
Kristy Kiland, MS
  Kristy Kiland
MS
   
Kristy Kiland is a licensed mental health professional with over 15 years of experience treating a wide variety of needs and illnesses in children, adolescents, and adults. She is currently in pursuit of her doctorate degree in clinical psychology. She is dedicated to providing high quality and comprehensive care in a relaxed and trusting environment that inspires and facilitates growth, healing, and greater sense of joy, peace, and fulfillment in one’s life and relationships.

Kristy’s interests include psychological evaluations, parent training, and behavioral intervention, forensic evaluations, specifically evaluations related to adult and juvenile sexual violent reoffense risk and parenting/custody investigations. In addition to providing services to individual, group, and families, Kristy also serve as a parenting consultant to divorced parents struggling with conflict over parenting decisions and serves as a Divorce Coach or Child Specialist in the Collaborative Law divorce process.

She is passionate about her field of study and is an adjunct faculty member at Concordia College, Moorhead, MN. Kristy is a member of the American Psychological Association, North Dakota Psychological Association, Minnesota Psychological Association, Minnesota Collaborative Law Institute, and International Academy of Collaborative Professionals. She is licensed by the ND State Board of Social Work.

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  Sara Quam, PsyD, LP

Sara Quam, PsyD, LP

 

 
Sara Quam, PsyD, LP
  Sara Quam
PsyD, LP
   
Dr. Sara Quam is a licensed clinical psychologist who provides psychological evaluations on parents whose children are currently in foster care, to help assess their parenting strengths and areas for needed growth in order to facilitate reunification with their children.

In addition, she provides evaluations on adolescents charged or convicted of a sexual crime.

Dr. Quam graduated from the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology in 2005, and did her internship and residency at Southeast Human Service Center in Fargo, ND.

Dr. Quam's other interests include individual and group therapy, parent training, consultation, and behavioral interventions. ×
Dr. Stacey Benson
PsyD, LP
 

Dr. Kelly C.F. Smith
PsyD, LP

  Kristy Kiland
MS
  Dr. Sara Quam
PsyD, LP

Therapeutic Interventions   Psychological Evaluations
  Adult Sex Offender Treatment
  Treatment for Juveniles with
Sexually Harmful Behaviors

Treatment for Juveniles with Sexually Harmful Behaviors

Through a partnership with West Central Regional Juvenile Center in Moorhead, MN. BPS also provides individual and group therapy to adolescents who have engaged in sexually harmful behaviors; through our Pathways Program.

We provide both Low Intensity and Moderate Intensity treatment. Youth in our Moderate Intensity program must be residents of WCRJC and groups are provided at the Detention Center. Referrals to our Low Intensity program can come directly from the community.

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  Time 4 U — a group for Partners
of Men with Sexual Boundary
Problems / Hypersexuality
  Domestic Violence Assessment and
Treatment

Domestic Violence Assessment and Treatment

Benson Psychological Services (BPS) is now accepting referrals for domestic violence assessment and treatment. Referrals for Domestic Violence Assessment go through a clinical interview and are required to complete questionnaires and assessment instruments about intimate partner violence and their use of anger. The evaluator also reviews relevant court documents. Results are interpreted and an evaluation is returned to the referring agency with recommendations for type of treatment.

The assessment instruments are specifically chosen for evaluating people who have been charged with Domestic Violence. The instruments include: the Domestic Violence Inventory, the Psychopathy Checklist Revised 2nd Edition, and the Revised Conflict Tactics Scales.

Treatment at BPS entails a 24-week (48-hour) program which follows the Duluth Model’s Manual (Creating a Process of Change for Men who Batter). The treatment format is group therapy which meets weekly for two hours. It is designed to meet the requirements for domestic violence treatment set forth by the state statutes of Minnesota and North Dakota. The primary focus is based on understanding domestic violence as a way of gaining power and control over a partner. Treatment success hinges on changing the belief system from one that uses physical violence, emotional abuse, minimization, economic abuse, intimidation, isolation, male privilege and/or coercion and threats to gain power and control. In place of maladaptive beliefs, emphasis is placed on learning respect, trust and support, shared parenting, honesty and accountability, economic partnership and negotiation.

With regard to domestic violence treatment and assessment, BPS consults with the Rape and Abuse Crisis Center, North Dakota Parole and Probation, Minnesota Parole and Probation, Cass County (ND) District court and State’s Attorney’s Office, Clay County (MN) District court and County Attorney’s Office, Minnesota and North Dakota Victim’s Advocacy, the Fargo and Moorhead Police Departments, and the Cass County (ND) and Clay County (MN) Sheriff’s Departments.

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  Hypersexuality / Internet Porn
  Family Reunification in cases such
as sexual abuse / neglect, return
from foster care, parental alienation etc
  School Violence Assessments

School Violence Assessments

School violence assessments are conducted with children and adolescents who have made direct or indirect threats against school faculty or other students. The purpose of this assessment is to identify the degree of risk that the student poses to carry out the threatened violence and additionally to provide recommendations to the school and the student’s family about how to respond to the threat. These recommendations are made with the primary goal of protecting the school community; however, the academic rights of the student who made the identified threat are also recognized as being critically important.

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  Adult Sex Offender Risk Assessments

Adult Sex Offender Risk Assessments

Evaluations on adults who have been charged or convicted of a sexual offense typically include a comprehensive record review, one or more clinical interview(s) with the offender, a battery of psychological testing, and the use of empirically validated actuarial instruments to assess risk to reoffend. The final report will offer a diagnosis, opinion on the individuals risk to reoffend, level of psychopathy and sexual deviancy, treatment amenability and other recommendations as appropriate.

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  Evaluations on Juveniles Who Have
Sexually Offended

Evaluations on Juveniles Who Have Sexually Offended

Evaluations on juveniles who have sexually offended typically include a comprehensive record review, a clinical interview with the offender, collateral interviews with other significant parties (e.g., adults responsible for the juvenile's care, mental health professionals who provide services to the juvenile, residential treatment staff, probation officer, etc), psychological testing, and empirically guided structured checklists of static and dynamic risk factors.

The resultant report would likely identify possible psychosexual disturbances, any predisposition towards sexually abusive behavior (estimated risk to reoffend), as well as, recommendations that are appropriately matched to the juvenile's needs.

Given there is no empirical data that supports the predictive validity of actuarial risk assessment tools for juveniles, the overall risk estimate is based on the various sources of information and clinical judgment.

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  Sexually Dangerous Individual
Evaluations / Civil Commitment

Sexually Dangerous Individual Evaluations / Civil Commitment

Dr. Stacey Benson has been providing independent evaluations for individuals civilly committed at the North Dakota State Hospital since 2004. To date, she has completed over 100 SDI evaluations and testified on these cases all over the state.

These evaluations include a comprehensive review of all available records, psychological testing (when appropriate), scoring of various instruments used in the determination of ones risk to reoffend, clinical interview with the respondent, collateral contact with treatment providers, friends, family and support people in the community, diagnoses and opinion regarding whether the respondent meets criteria for a Sexually Dangerous Individual as defined by North Dakota Century Code 25-03.3-11.

The final report is typically over 20 pages in length and provides detailed information on the individual, their past history and their progress in treatment.

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  Sex Offender Registration
  Violence Assessments (Domestic
Violence, Workplace Violence,
School Violence)
  Threat Assessments
  Parental Capacity
  Child Custody
  Collaborative Divorce
  Competency to Stand Trial
  General Competencies (Wills, etc)
  Criminal Responsibility
  Psychological Injuries (abuse / trauma)
  Fitness for Duty and Return to Work
  Screening for Homeland Security
and other sensitive positions
 
     
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