Evaluation of Competence to Stand Trial

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Oxford University Press, Dec 19, 2008 - Psychology - 224 pages
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Forensic mental health assessment (FMHA) has grown into a specialization informed by research and professional guidelines. This series presents up-to-date information on the most important and frequently conducted forms of FMHA. The 19 topical volumes address best approaches to practice for particular types of evaluation in the criminal, civil, and juvenile/family areas. Each volume contains a thorough discussion of the relevant legal and psychological concepts, followed by a step-by-step description of the assessment process from preparing for the evaluation to writing the report and testifying in court. Volumes include the following helpful features: - Boxes that zero in on important information for use in evaluations - Tips for best practice and cautions against common pitfalls - Highlighting of relevant case law and statutes - Separate list of assessment tools for easy reference - Helpful glossary of key terms for the particular topic In making recommendations for best practice, authors consider empirical support, legal relevance, and consistency with ethical and professional standards. These volumes offer invaluable guidance for anyone involved in conducting or using forensic evaluations.

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The Legal Context
Empirical Foundations and Limits
Preparation for the Evaluation
Data Collection
Report Writing and Testimony
Appendix A Attorney CST Questionnaire
Tests and Specialized Tools
Key Terms

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Patricia Zapf is Associate Professor, Department of Psychology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in Lithia, FL. Ronald Roesch is Professor of Psychology at Simon Fraser University in Canada.

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