Law and Mental Health: A Case-Based Approach

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This volume presents classic and contemporary legal cases that have set important precedents related to psychological and mental health issues in criminal and civil proceedings; the role of practitioners as expert witnesses and forensic consultants; and legal concerns in general clinical practice. Engagingly written, the book brings to life the details of each case and the personal stories involved, while also providing a solid introduction to foundational issues in the field. Forensic and clinical professionals will find this a highly informative resource, and it will also be useful for undergraduate- and graduate-level courses and professional training.

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ISBN-13: 9781593852214
ISBN-10: 1593852215
Pagini: 394
Dimensiuni: 162 x 233 x 34 mm
Greutate: 0.69 kg
Ediția: 1
Editura: Guilford Publications


List of Cases. Introduction: Law and Mental Health. Part I: Psychological Issues and Involvement in Basic Courtroom Proceedings. Jury Selection and Process: Precedent Impacting Jury Consultation and Research. Admission of Expert Testimony and the Eyewitness. Part II: Legal Precedent in Everyday Clinical Practice. Informed Consent. Confidentiality and Privileged Communication. Duty to Warn and Protect. Part III: Clinical Forensic Evaluation. Competency. Insanity and Criminal Responsibility. Civil Commitment and Dangerousness. Hypnosis and the Polygraph. Part IV: Civil Rights and Civil Law. Sexual Orientation and Civil Rights. Personal Injury: Court Proceedings and Assessment of Psychological Damages. Prisoners' Rights to Medical and Mental Health Treatment. Part V: Specific Mental Diagnoses in the Law. Alcohol and Drug Abuse and Dependence. Mental Retardation. Psychopathy and Antisocial Personality Disorder. Part VI: Violent Criminals and Violent Crime. Criminal Psychological Profiling. The Death Penalty. Sex Offenders: Community Notification and Predator Commitment. Part VII: Juveniles in the Legal System. Juvenile Law and School Law. Capital Punishment of Juveniles. Child Abuse. Child Custody.


'Combining landmark legal case analyses with fascinating historical background, the psychologist-authors take the reader behind the scenes and into the personal lives of the characters - far more colorful than fictional ones - who play various roles in the cases. This book is as gripping as it is instructive.' - Thomas G. Gutheil, MD, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School; Program in Psychiatry and the Law, Massachusetts Mental Health Center, USA 'Mental health clinicians must have a foundation of legal knowledge, whether working in general practice or directly engaged in forensic settings. The law can be intimidating and its jargon can be difficult for non-lawyers to grasp... These well-chosen case narratives and the authors’ clear, insightful commentaries enable readers to reach a level of legal literacy critical to practice. This volume is a valuable resource for courses on mental health law, and practitioners will also benefit from reading these fascinating cases.' - Robert G. Madden, LCSW, JD, Department of Social Work, Saint Joseph College, USA

Notă biografică

Robert G. Meyer, PhD, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY
Christopher M. Weaver, PhD, Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute, University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, CA