The Mental Capacity Act 2005 (MCA) provides a legal framework for acting on behalf of individuals who lack the capacity to make decisions for themselves. The Mental Capacity Casebook showcases numerous real-life case studies in accordance to this Act. Through the exploration of various mental capacity assessments, this book highlights the psychological needs of the individuals who are supported and protected by the MCA.
Dr. Tracey Ryan-Morgan, a Consultant Clinical Neuropsychologist, is the first to bridge the gap between the individual’s psychological requirements and the legal framework surrounding them. Not only does this book present true, often complex, mental capacity assessments, it does so with legitimate corresponding commentaries. Each case outlines the presented problem along with its background, social context, psychological matters, the overriding opinion and concluding learning points.
This book provides a unique standpoint, offering insight into the complexities of the Act and practical guidance on how to conduct assessments. It serves as essential reading for those looking for guidance whilst making complex capacity decisions, such as Clinical Neuropsychologists, Social Workers, and Legal Professionals.
"Dr. Ryan-Morgan draws on her vast knowledge of the legal, clinical and ethical issues involved in this burgeoning area. The book provides guidance on the empirical literature yet at the same time highlights the dangers of relying solely on data in a reductionist way. The book places the client at the forefront and provides an invaluable "route map" for those working within this field. As a consequence, this should be an invaluable text for practitioners, expert witnesses and those in the legal profession seeking guidance in this complex and often challenging area." - Dr. Chris L Hamilton, Cons. Clinical Psychologist
"The case studies in this book are admirably knotty, requiring the precise level of detailed assessment and consideration demanded of practitioners on the ground. The author is to be heartily congratulated on undertaking an important contribution to the field of mental capacity." - Alex Ruck Keene, Barrister, 39 Essex Chambers
"Clinicians and lawyers alike are certain to welcome this book which weaves together the complexity of clinical presentation, legal definition and case law. The assessment of mental capacity is a complex area where the fields of neuropsychology, mental health and the law overlap. This unique volume sets out guidance on how to structure complex capacity assessments with real examples set within the legal framework. An excellent, practical introduction for those new to the field but also of great value to those who regularly work within medico-legal settings." - Dr Sal Connolly, Head of Clinical and Neuropsychology, Ascot Rehabilitation
PART One: Introduction
PART Two: Case Presentations and Commentaries