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Evaluation of Sexually Violent Predators

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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.

The present book focuses on evaluations for civil commitment of sexually violent predators (SVPs). Although this book focuses on evaluating SVP cases, the considerations discussed in this book, such as determining a sex offender's risk to reoffend, apply to evaluations of sex offenders in other contexts (e.g., community notification, sentence enhancement, and probationary management) as well.

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"[Witt and Conroy] provide perhaps the most thoughtful, concise, and practical guide available for assessing relevant mental conditions, volitional control, and recidivism risk...They have made an important contribution toward consensus building in this field. Their book, a well-organized guide for best practices, successfully adds theory-driven and empirically supported structure to SVP evaluation while alerting clinicians to the limits of our expertise. It elucidates what we know now, and perhaps more important, what we do not know now. Any student, academician, clinician, or lawyer who has an interest or stake in the accurate assessment of sexual offenders will benefit from reading it."—PsycCritiques
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Table of Contents


Chapter 1 The Legal Context 3

Chapter 2 Forensic Mental Health Concepts 19

Chapter 3 Empirical Foundations and Limits 43


Chapter 4 Preparation for the Evaluation 69

Chapter 5 Data Collection 97

Chapter 6 Interpretation 125

Chapter 7 Report Writing and Testimony 151

References 173

Tests and Specialized Tools 187

Cases and Statutes 189

Key Terms 191

Index 195

About the Authors 205

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