Dangerous Patients: A Psychodynamic Approach to Risk Assessment and Management

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Ronald Doctor
Karnac, 2003 - Psychology - 140 pages
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This thought-provoking new collection - the fourth volume in the Forensic Psychotherapy Monograph Series - investigates the inherent difficulties in risk assessment. We have all read the lurid headlines when things go wrong but what is it like for the professional who has to make such vital decisions? Ronald Doctor has assembled an impressive group of clinicians who specialise in various aspects of forensic psychiatry and psychotherapy to present their experiences and theories on this formidable subject. The book begins with a general overview of current psychodynamic approaches and covers various mental health settings, including medium- and high-security units, general medical hospitals and psychiatric wards. This collection will prove to be an indispensable guide to any healthcare professional and a fascinating insight for all into this highly-pressured environment.

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Ronald Doctor is a consultant psychiatrist in psychotherapy and a college tutor at the West London Mental Health NHS Trust. He trained at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust and is a member of the British Psychoanalytical Society. He was formerly a visiting psychiatrist at HM Wormwood Scrubs Prison and supervisor and external examiner for the Forensic Psychotherapy Course at the Portman Clinic. He is on the executive board of the International Association for Forensic Psychotherapy.

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