Description: This is a well-written new book on clinical assessment of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) for purposes of personal injury litigation. It is written by several highly respected and well-known forensic mental health professionals and attorneys.
Purpose: The purpose is to bring direction, discipline, and guidelines to the forensic psychiatric assessment of PTSD.
Audience: Although intended for a variety of disciplines, the writing level is primarily geared to mental health professionals.
Features: The book is well organized and well written. The book combines several topics that are otherwise hard to find in one place: an overview of legal issues, guidelines for clinical assessment of PTSD in adults and children, and a review of clinical research on PTSD. It breaks new ground by proposing quality guidelines for forensic assessment of PTSD, a very timely and relevant issue because damage claims related to PTSD are fast increasing in civil litigation. The book is intended as a clinical review and provides important general guidelines, but is not designed as a how-to manual for clinicians. The introduction and early chapters also provide an easily understood review of the relevant legal issues in the forensic evaluation of PTSD.
Assessment: This book is a very useful background and reference text for mental health clinicians performing evaluations for legal purposes. I would recommend it for medical libraries and mental health professionals who deal with litigation assessments; it is not written as clearly for legal or insurance professionals.