Cultural Competence in Forensic Mental Health: A Guide for Psychiatrists, Psychologists, and Attorneys

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Taylor & Francis, Jun 1, 2004 - Law - 352 pages
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The principle of cultural competence in the practice of mental health services has become commonplace among scholars, researchers, and clinicians throughout multiethnic societies around the world. This book responds to an increasing awareness of the issue within the field of forensic psychiatry, as sensitivity to and understanding of diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds has become a necessity. Brought to fruition through the combined expertise of a cultural psychiatrist, a forensic psychiatrist, and a medical legal expert, this unique text is the first comprehensive look at the burgeoning field of cultural forensic psychiatry. Drawing on their combined expertise, the authors integrate forensic application with cultural theory and incorporate case vignettes and practical advice. A breakthrough text that will have international appeal across a wide range of academic and professional disciplines, this essential resource will form a cornerstone of this dynamic new field.

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Wen-Shing Tseng, M.D. is Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Hawaii School of Medicine. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Society for the Study of Psychiatry and Culture and the author of the Handbook of Cultural Psychiatry.

Daryl Matthews, M.D. is Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Forensic Psychiatry Program at the University of Hawaii School of Medicine, and Co-Director of Training in Forensic Psychiatry at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu.

Todd S. Elwyn, Clinical instructor in psychiatry and fellow in forensic psychiatry at the University of Hawaii School of Medicine, USA

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