1st Edition

Ethical and Legal Issues for Mental Health Professionals
in Forensic Settings

ISBN 9780789038173
Published April 27, 2009 by Routledge
232 Pages

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Book Description

Get crucial ethical and clinical knowledge as it relates to the legal system

Ethical and Legal Issues for Mental Health Professionals: in Forensic Settings comprehensively focuses on the integration of ethical, legal, and clinical issues for practicing mental health professionals dealing with legal processes in forensic settings. This unique text is organized around the most current ethical and legal standards as defined by the mental health professionals of psychology, social work, marriage and family therapy, and psychiatry. Respected well-known authorities with diverse backgrounds, expertise, and professional experience offer a far-reaching discussion of ethical and legal issues important for every mental health professional to know.

Practicing clinicians increasingly find themselves needing to deal with the legal system about a multitude of issues. Ethical and Legal Issues for Mental Health Professionals: in Forensic Settings not only presents mental health professionals, but also attorneys who defend mental health professionals providing legal and ethical discussions of importance to the field. This powerful resource provides up-to-date crucial knowledge for graduate students and clinicians alike. The final book in the three volume series will focus on special populations/special treatment modalities.

Topics in Ethical and Legal Issues for Mental Health Professionals: in Forensic Settings include:

  • the discovery process
  • depositions
  • personal injury evaluations
  • various types of witness preparation for court testimony
  • psychological evaluations
  • juvenile court dependency
  • forensic evaluations
  • dealing with litigation with civil lawsuits
  • tests that relate to false memories of trauma
  • APA’s Ethics Committee process and State Ethics Committees processes
Ethical and Legal Issues for Mental Health Professionals: in Forensic Settings is an essential text for all mental health professionals, including psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, counselors, therapists, and graduate students in mental health and related fields.

    Table of Contents

    Bucky, Introduction. Part I: The Mental Health Professional and the Legal System: Court Situations. Bersoff, Depositions: Discovery, Procedures, and Practice Pointers. Stein, Personal Injury: Consultation, Evaluation, and the Expert Witness. Thatcher, Preparing for Court Testimony. Part II: Forensic Assessment and Techniques. Wiens, Mueller, How to Complete and Use a Psychological Evaluation in an Ethical Manner. Gold, Evaluating Child Custody Cases: Techniques and Maintaining Objectivity. Lee, Acting as a Special Master in High-conflict Postdivorce Child Custody Cases. Romanoff, Ethics in Performing Criminal Forensic Evaluations. Part III: Mental Health Professionals and Litigation. Caudill, Jr., When a Mental Health Professional is in Litigation. Bogie, Marine, Civil Lawsuits/Malpractice Professional Liability Claims Process and Claims History. Dalenberg, Carlson, Caudill, Ethical and Legal Issues in the Treatment of Patients/Plaintiffs With Recovered Memories of Trauma and Patients/Plaintiffs With "False Memories" of Trauma. Grenier, Golub, American Psychological Association and State Ethics Committees.

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    "Full of practical information that certainly will be of value to psychologists and other mental health providers who in the context of their clinical practice become involved with the legal system. Well organized and written." -Samuel T. Gontkovsky and Shannon Calpin, PsycCRITIQUES