Foundations of Forensic Mental Health Assessment

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Oxford University Press, Sep 4, 2008 - Psychology - 192 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. This first volume in the series serves an introduction to the field of FMHA, and provides an overview of the foundational concepts applied in the other 19 volumes.

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Chapter 1 Introduction
Chapter 2 The Nature and Evolution of Forensic Mental Health Assessment
Chapter 3 Relevant Sources of Authority for Developing BestPractice Standards
Chapter 4 Principles of Forensic Mental Health Assessment
Chapter 5 Toward Best Practices in Forensic Mental Health Assessment
Cases and Statutes
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Kirk Heilbrun is Professor and Head of the Department of Psychology, Drexel University in Wyndmoor, PA. Thomas Grisso is Director, Law and Mental Health Core, Center for Mental Health Services Research at UMASS Medical School.

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