Forensic Psychiatry

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Forensic Psychiatry is the first book to cover the clinical, legal and ethical issues for the treatment of mentally disordered offenders for all of the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland jurisdictions. Written by an expert interdisciplinary team from the fields of both law and psychiatry, including the eminent Nigel Eastman who has engaged with many high-profile legal cases, this is a comprehensive and up-to-date guide which includes clinical observations, guidance and ethical advice across the psychiatric ...

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Overview

Forensic Psychiatry is the first book to cover the clinical, legal and ethical issues for the treatment of mentally disordered offenders for all of the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland jurisdictions. Written by an expert interdisciplinary team from the fields of both law and psychiatry, including the eminent Nigel Eastman who has engaged with many high-profile legal cases, this is a comprehensive and up-to-date guide which includes clinical observations, guidance and ethical advice across the psychiatric discipline. Uniquely focusing on the interface between psychiatry and law and including suggestions, using case examples, on how to navigate this interface successfully, this book contains clear guidance on all aspects of forensic psychiatry, for both mental health and legal professionals. It also contains extensive cross-referencing which allows the reader to access all the relevant clinical, legal and ethical information quickly and effectively. Alongside the practical advice on managing clinical and legal situations, there are also case examples, summaries of relevant legislation and introductions to different ethical approaches and clinical observations, derived from the experience of the authors. Also included are brief summaries of important legal cases and inquiries relevant to the subject.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Steven T. Herron, MD (Assurance Health and Wellness)
Description: Written by forensic experts in the U.K., this book offers a brief glimpse at many of the primary issues found at the intersection of the law and psychiatry.
Purpose: The authors' primary purpose is to "enable readers to find out some of the key facts and issues within a given topic simply, rapidly, and in an easily digestible form."
Audience: They suggest their book is "for everyone who is interested in, or encounters practitioners of, forensic psychiatry and related disciplines."
Features: Divided into four main sections (excluding the introduction), each section contains material heavily cross-referenced, not only within the pages of this book, but also with the DSM-IV. Symbols and abbreviations indicate whether subjects are "controversial topics," are "important," or if the material requires a "warning." Numerous case vignettes, boxes, and tables illustrate important points, and appendixes detail specific areas of the law (for example, legal cases and ethical codes).
Assessment: Given that many psychiatrists and mental health professionals have direct experience with forensic issues, it is important for them to have resources to navigate the, at times, treacherous waters of the legal system. This book allows them to wade into the shallows without fear of being overcome by a rip tide. Though clearly a highly condensed work, it explains difficult concepts well and, more importantly, directs readers where to go to obtain additional information. From a practical standpoint, because laws are so highly variable from jurisdiction to jurisdiction (not to mention from country to country), some of the information in this book is not applicable to practitioners in the U.S. For this reason, it is much more relevant for those training or practicing in the U.K.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199562824
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 4/30/2012
  • Pages: 736
  • Product dimensions: 3.90 (w) x 7.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Nigel Eastman is Professor of Law and Ethics in Psychiatry at St George's, University of London and an Honorary Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist in the NHS, assessing and treating patients in medium security. Dually qualified as a doctor and barrister, he has researched and published widely on law and ethics relating to mental disorder and mental healthcare, as well as on policy and services for mentally disordered offenders. He is an advisor to the Law Commission, lectures for the Judicial Studies Board for England and Wales, as well as to judges in other jurisdictions, and has given evidence to Parliamentary Select Committees on law and psychiatry.

Gwen Adshead is a forensic psychiatrist and psychotherapist. She trained at Barts and then at St George's Hospital. After four years as a lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry, she trained as a psychotherapist, with particular interest in attachment theory and groupwork in forensic settings. She qualified as a member of the Institute of Group Analysis in 2000. She has worked at Broadmoor Hospital since 1998 as a consultant.

Since qualifying in clinical psychology in 2001 Simone Fox worked for three years with adult mentally disordered offenders in a Regional Secure Unit in West London. She currently works in both clinical and academic settings. In her clinical role she is responsible for supervising the Multisystemic Therapy (MST) Pilot Project in Merton and Kingston. Her academic role is as a lecturer/clinical tutor on the Royal Holloway, University of London, Clinical Psychology training course.

Richard Latham is a consultant forensic psychiatrist working in East London. He has a special interest in law and psychiatry. His clinical practice is in both medium secure care and community forensic psychiatry. He is currently involved in a pilot project of crown court psychiatric liaison.

Sean Whyte is a Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist with CCTs in both general adult and forensic psychiatry. He has worked in a variety of hospital, community and secure institutional settings in both specialties and now leads the Community Forensic Team for South-West London, in addition to teaching and court work.

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction to the handbook
2. Clinical forensic psychiatry
Clinical and social aspects of crime Mental disorders in forensic psychiatry Assessment in forensic psychiatry Risk assessment Treatment Risk management Forensic psychiatry services
3. The ethics of forensic psychiatry
Ethical decision-making Professional duties and personal integrity Conflicting ethical values Clinical situations raising ethical issues
4. Law relevant to psychiatry
The interface between psychiatry and law Legal systems Criminal law Mental health and mental capacity law
5. Psychiatry within the legal system
The criminal justice system Legal tests relevant to psychiatry Civil legal issues The psychiatrist in court Applied ethics and testimony Providing reports Giving evidence
6. Appendices
Appendices

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