1st Edition

Handbook of Forensic Mental Health

Edited By Keith Soothill, Paul Rogers, Mairead Dolan Copyright 2008
    656 Pages
    by Willan

    656 Pages
    by Willan

    This is a comprehensive reference book on the subject of forensic mental health, looking at what forensic mental health is and its assessment, management and treatment. It focuses on key topics and the issues underpinning them in contemporary society.

    The book includes:

    • an account of the historical development of forensic mental health, along with a description of the three mental health systems operating in the UK
    • an in-depth analysis of the forensic mental health process and system, including an analysis of the different systems applied for juveniles and adults
    • an examination of the main issues in forensic mental health including sex offending, personality disorders and addiction
    • a breakdown of the key skills needed for forensic mental health practice.

    This is an authoritative reference book which will be a crucial text for practitioners, academics and students in the forensic mental health field.

    Part 1: Setting the Scene - The Administrative and Social Framework  Introduction, Keith Soothill  1. Understanding forensic mental health and the variety of professional voices, Paul Rogers and Keith Soothill  2. The forensic mental health system in the United Kingdom, Lindsay Thomson  3. The origins and early development of forensic mental health, David Forshaw  Part 2: Understanding the Forensic Mental Health Process and the Systems  Introduction, Keith Soothill  4. The process and systems for juveniles and young persons, Sue Bailey and Bill Kerslake  5. The process and systems for adults, Tony Maden  6. Non-custodial sentences and mentally disordered offenders, Danny Clark  7. Mental healthcare in prisons, Jane Senior and Jenny Shaw  8. Release procedures and forensic mental health, Pete Snowden and Bettadapura Ashim  Part 3: Developing a Knowledge Base - Key Issues in Forensic Mental Health  9. Diagnosis, medical models and formulations, Pamela J. Taylor and John Gunn  10. Understanding and managing risk, Mike Doyle and Mairead Dolan  11. Mental health law and risk management, Philip Fennell  12. The law relating to mentally disordered persons in the criminal justice system, Philip Fennell  13. Assessment and treatment of offenders with intellectual and developmental disabilities, William R. Lindsay and John L. Taylor  14. Aggression and violence, Kevin Howells, Michael Daffern and Andrew Day  15. Personality disorders, Mary McMurran  16. Criminality among persons with severe mental illness, Sheilagh Hodgins  17. Substance abuse, Mary McMurran  18. Sexual offenders with mental health problems: epidemiology, assessment and treatment, Madelaine Lockmuller, Anthony Beech and Dawn Fisher  Part 4: Skills for Forensic Mental Health Practitioners  Introduction, Keith Soothill  19. The expert witness: professional practice and pitfalls, Nicola Gray and Tegwn Williams  20. Focusing on treatment: the main interventions and their implications, Conor Duggan  21. Inpatient care and management, Kevin Gournay, Richard Benson and Paul Rogers  22. The crimes and pathologies of passion: love, jealousy and the pursuit of justice, Paul Mullen


    Keith Soothill is Emeritus Professor of Social Research in the Department of Applied Social Science, Lancaster University, UK,and is now based in the Centre for Applied Statistics at Lancaster.

    Paul Rogers is Professor of Forensic Nursing at the University of Glamorgan.

    Mairead Dolan is Professor of Forensic Psychiatry and Neuroscience at the University of Manchester.