Cultural Competence in Forensic Mental Health A Guide for Psychiatrists, Psychologists, and Attorneys
As culturally relevant psychiatry becomes common practice, the need for competent and culturally relevant forensic psychiatry comes to the forefront. This volume, written by one expert in cultural psychiatry and another in forensic psychiatry addresses that need. By combining their expertise in these areas, they are able to develop and create a new body of knowledge and experiences addressing the issue of the cultural aspects of forensic psychiatry.
Beginning with an introduction to cultural and ethnic aspects of forensic psychiatry, this volume will address basic issues of the practice, as well as more detailed areas ranging from the various psychiatric disorders to intensive analysis and discussion of how to perform forensic psychiatric practice in a culturally relevant and competent way. Also the book suggests methods for continued awareness and sensitivity to issues of cultural and ethnic diversity in the field.
Legal Regulation of Psychiatry and Medical Practice: Cultural Consideration. Psychiatric Care of Mentally Ill. Therapist-patient Relationship Problems. Ethic-legal Issues Relating to Medical Practice. Correctional Psychiatry: Culture-relevant Care and Treatment. General Issues. Cultural Considerations in Prison for Institutional Care. Care for Special Populations. Counseling for Offenders. Cultural Analysis of Forensic Psychiatric Cases. Cultural Examination of Selected Landmark Cases. Analysis of Cases Using "Culture Defense". Cases that Proceeded with Input on Cultural Issues. Final Discussion and Comments. Closure: Review, Comments, and Suggestions. Review of Present Situation. Overall Cultural Comments. Suggestions for the Future. Subject Index
‘The strength of this book lies in the host of case examples and vignettes illustrating instances where cultural background appears to have resulted in misunderstandings and difficulties for psychiatrists and psychologists making mental health assessments.’ – Suman Fernando, The Journal of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology