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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Nicholas Greco IV, MS, BCETS, CATSM (Columbia College of Missouri)
Description: This book successfully provides a solid foundation for introducing clinicians and students to the field of forensic psychology. It provides relevant updates to mental health law, domestic violence, and reproductive technologies.
Purpose: The purpose is to introduce students and clinicians to forensic psychology from the perspective of psychologists who work with attorneys and judges to better solve legal problems. It is through this perspective that the reader will understand the rules and practices of each discipline from authors who are highly respected forensic psychologists.
Audience: This book will benefit students and clinicians in psychology, but also serve as an important resource to federal and state prison employees along with police and firefighters. Clearly, the perfect fit for this book is within academic and clinical settings as it is the most solidly written introduction to forensic psychology.
Features: This book is so comprehensive and jam packed with knowledge that I can only highlight chapters of interest. Models of legal systems outlines the various court systems, expert testimony speaks for itself, criminal responsibility and competency to stand trial are excellent primers to understanding insanity versus sanity, involuntary commitment is a must-read, clinical assessment is terrific, family law and juvenile justice sections are well written. Of additional interest is risk management in a forensic psychology practice. The only shortcoming is the omission of a glossary as this would add to the utility of this book as not only a teaching text but a quick reference. Luckily, the index helps to compensate for this shortcoming.
Assessment: The authors have compiled one of the most comprehensive introductory texts to forensic psychology. Undoubtedly a worthwhile contribution to the field of psychology this year. This is a must-have for clinicians involved in forensic psychology or for those interested in this exciting specialty.