Evaluation of Criminal Responsibility

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Oxford University Press, USA, Mar 16, 2009 - Psychology - 224 pages
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 topicIn making recommendations for best practice, authos 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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Ira K. Packer, PhD, is currently Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS), and serves as Director of the UMMS Forensic Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship Program. He is the author or co-author of a number of articles including issues related tothe insanity defense, expert witness testimony, and training and practice in forensic psychology. He also has presented seminars and workshops on developing quality assurance measures for criminal forensic reports at national conferences and at the invitation of a number of state mental healthdepartments. In his capacity as Chair of the Forensic Specialty Council, he was the lead author of the Education and Training Guidelines for Forensic Psychology. Dr. Packer has been engaged in the practice of Forensic Psychology for almost 30 years, and served as Assistant Commissioner for ForensicServices, for the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health. He is board certified in Forensic Psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology. He has previously served as president of both the American Board of Forensic Psychology and the American Academy of Forensic Psychology. Hereceived the 2007 Distinguished Contributions to Forensic Psychology award from the American Academy of Forensic Psychology.

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