The Handbook of Forensic Mental Health in Africa traces the history of forensic mental health in Africa, discussing the importance of considering cultural differences when implementing Western-validated practices on the continent while establishing state-of-the-art assessment and treatment of justice-involved persons.
Experts in the field of forensic mental health throughout Africa explore the current state of forensic mental health policy and service provision, as well as the unique ethical challenges which have arisen with the recent growth of interest in the field. The African and international research literature on violence risk assessment, competency to stand trial, malingering assessment, Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity (NGRI) evaluations, report writing as an expert witness and mental health legislation in the context of forensic practice are explored throughout. Finally, future directions for forensic mental health in Africa are discussed for juvenile, female and elderly offenders.
This text is ideal for mental health, criminal justice and legal professionals working in clinical, research and policy contexts.
PART I: Introduction; 1: The history of forensic mental health in Africa; 2: Cross-cultural sensitivity in forensic mental health care; 3: Forensic mental health care: Practice and policy in Africa; 4: Best practices in service planning for prisoners in Africa; 5: Ethics and the forensic mental health system in Africa; PART II: Forensic mental health assessment; 6: The state-of-the-art of violence risk assessment in Africa; 7: Competency to stand trial evaluations in Africa; 8: Malingering assessments in African forensic settings; 9: Not guilty by reason of insanity (NGRI): Adjudication, clinical outcomes and rehabilitation; 10: Best practices in expert testimony and report writing in Africa; 11: Mental health legislation and forensic practice in Africa; PART III: Special forensic populations; 12: Mental health of children and adolescents within the juvenile justice system in Africa; 13: Forensic mental health care services for the elderly in Africa; 14: Occupational therapy in forensic mental health: An occupational justice perspective; 15: Best practices with female patients in African forensic mental health care; PART IV: Conclusion; 16: Future directions for forensic mental health in Africa