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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Eric K. Woodard, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This is an interesting multidisciplinary book in which a variety of topics important for mental health professionals working in forensic settings is covered. The contributors include nurses, psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, and patients.
Purpose: The focus is on care planning and is illustrated with pertinent case studies. With current treatment modalities emphasizing a team approach, the eclectic authorship is timely.
Audience: Specifically targeted for forensic mental health professionals, this book is particularly useful for students, nurse practitioners, and therapists who work in forensic settings. The editors and contributors are credible and provide diverse viewpoints on common problems.
Features: Rather than arbitrary divisions by author or specialty, the book is divided into pertinent topics with authorities from various fields contributing. This enhances the eclectic feel and gives the reader a range of perspectives.
Assessment: This book is an edited compilation that would be useful and interesting for most mental health professionals working in forensic settings. It is easy to read and important, albeit brief, overviews of fundamental topics with compelling case studies comprise the focus. Because the editors and contributors are international, the reader is exposed to different theoretical approaches to problems that are common in forensic patients. Overall, this is a useful text with an emphasis on the distinctive ways that a forensic patient is seen, assessed, and treated by a variety of practitioners.