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Forensic Psychiatry


ISBN13: 9780199562824
Published: March 2012
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Pocketbook
Price: £44.99



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Forensic Psychiatry is the first book to cover the clinical, legal and ethical issues for the treatment of mentally disordered offenders for all of the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland jurisdictions. Written by an expert interdisciplinary team from the fields of both law and psychiatry, including the eminent Nigel Eastman who has engaged with many high-profile legal cases, this is a comprehensive and up-to-date guide which includes clinical observations, guidance and ethical advice across the psychiatric discipline. Uniquely focusing on the interface between psychiatry and law and including suggestions, using case examples, on how to navigate this interface successfully, this book contains clear guidance on all aspects of forensic psychiatry, for both mental health and legal professionals. It also contains extensive cross-referencing which allows the reader to access all the relevant clinical, legal and ethical information quickly and effectively. Alongside the practical advice on managing clinical and legal situations, there are also case examples, summaries of relevant legislation and introductions to different ethical approaches and clinical observations, derived from the experience of the authors. Also included are brief summaries of important legal cases and inquiries relevant to the subject.

Subjects:
Criminal Law, Mental Health Law
Contents:
1. INTRODUCTION TO THE HANDBOOK

2. CLINICAL FORENSIC PSYCHIATRY
Clinical and social aspects of crime
Mental disorders in forensic psychiatry
Assessment in forensic psychiatry
Risk assessment
Treatment
Risk management
Forensic psychiatry services

3. THE ETHICS OF FORENSIC PSYCHIATRY
Ethical decision-making
Professional duties and personal integrity
Conflicting ethical values
Clinical situations raising ethical issues

4. LAW RELEVANT TO PSYCHIATRY
The interface between psychiatry and law
Legal systems
Criminal law
Mental health and mental capacity law

5. PSYCHIATRY WITHIN THE LEGAL SYSTEM
The criminal justice system
Legal tests relevant to psychiatry
Civil legal issues
The psychiatrist in court
Applied ethics and testimony
Providing reports
Giving evidence

6. APPENDICES
Appendices