Forensic Mental Health Assessment: A Casebook

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Oxford University Press, Apr 11, 2002 - Psychology - 552 pages
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Forensic mental health assessments are evaluations conducted by individuals from different disciplines on a variety of questions in civil, criminal, and family law. A growing number of mental health professionals, including psychologists, psychiatrists, and social workers, are being called upon to assess everything from an individual's competence to stand trial to the risk or threat of future violence, and asked to weigh in on cases ranging from murder and assault to malpractice and child custody." General principles have emerged to guide professionals conducting forensic mental health assessment. Forensic Mental Health Assessment: A Casebook illustrates those principles using relevant, real-world case material. Built around actual case reports from expert forensic psychologists and psychiatrists, the volume probes a broad range of legal questions through the detailed examination of more than 40 cases. Topics include Miranda rights waiver, competence to act as one's own attorney, competence to stand trial, juvenile commitment, sanity at the time of the offense, child custody, termination of parental rights, guardianship, and malpractice. This is the first casebook focusing specifically on forensic assessment. It contains cases from a broad range of civil, criminal, and family legal questions, described in case reports contributed by expert forensic psychologists and psychiatrists. It will be useful for anyone involved in assessments for the courts and attorneys, including psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, and attorneys.
 

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Contents

Introduction and Overview
3
Miranda Rights Waiver
17
Case 2
26
Competence to Act as Ones Own Attorney
37
Competence to Stand Trial
46
Case 2
54
Case 3
64
Case 4
74
Release Decision Making
279
Case 2
282
Case 3
292
Child Custody
299
Case 2
307
Case 3
319
Case 4
336
Termination of Parental Rights
350

Competence to Be Sentenced
85
Competence to Be Executed
96
Criminal Sentencing
116
Case 2
128
Case 3
134
Case 4
152
Juvenile Commitment
174
Juvenile Competence to Stand Trial
188
Case 2
195
Juvenile Waiver and Reverse Waiver
207
Case 2
220
Sanity at the Time of the Offense
231
Case 2
239
Mens Rea and Diminished Capacity
247
Sex Offender Sentencing
259
Case 2
265
Civil Commitment
376
Civil Psychological Injury
387
Case 2
399
Competence to Consent to Treatment
407
Guardianship
417
Malpractice
425
Workers Compensation
438
Case 2
448
ThreatRisk Assessment
454
Case 2
462
Case 3
470
Malingering
479
References
512
Index
519
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