Dangerous Patients: A Psychodynamic Approach to Risk Assessment and Management

Dangerous Patients: A Psychodynamic Approach to Risk Assessment and Management

by Ronald Doctor


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This is a thought-provoking new collection that investigates the inherent difficulties in risk assessment in a series of papers by specialists in various aspects of forensic psychiatry and psychotherapy. An indispensable guide for any healthcare professional as well as fascinating insight into this highly-pressured environment.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781855752979
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 10/28/2003
Series: Forensic Psychotherapy Monograph Series
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 5.75(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.47(d)

About the Author

Ronald Doctor is a consultant psychiatrist in psychotherapy and a college tutor at the West London Mental Health NHS Trust. He trained at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust and is a member of the British Psychoanalytical Society. He was formerly a visiting psychiatrist at HM Wormwood Scrubs Prison and supervisor and external examiner for the Forensic Psychotherapy Course at the Portman Clinic. He is on the executive board of the International Association for Forensic Psychotherapy.

Table of Contents

Series Foreword , Foreword , Introduction , Pathways of risk: the past, the present, and the unconscious , Assessment of violence in medium-secure units , Risk assessment in general psychiatry: a psychoanalytic perspective , The psychodynamic assessment of violence in the general medical hospital, or, taking the “non-body” seriously , Psychoanalytic aspects to the risk containment of dangerous patients treated in high-security hospital , Containment and countertransference issues in a violent borderline patient , Risk-taking in the assessment of maternal abilities , The role of violence in perverse psychopathology , Envy and violence in confused sexuality

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