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Mental Capacity Casebook: Clinical Assessment and Legal Commentary

ISBN13: 9781138097926
Published: May 2019
Publisher: Routledge
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: £29.99

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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.

Mental Health Law
Part One: Introduction
Introduction to the Mental Capacity Act (2005)
The Role of the Psychologist in Assessments of Mental Capacity
Guiding Principles and Common Pitfalls
Part Two: Case Presentations and Commentaries
Capacity to Make Decisions about own Finances
Capacity to Make Welfare Decisions
Capacity to Make and Revoke a Will (Testamentary Capacity)
Capacity to Enter into a Sexual Relationship/ Capacity to Marry
Capacity to Make a Lifetime Gift
Capacity to Consent to Medical Treatment (Not Considered Life-saving)
Capacity to Enter into Proceedings/to Litigate
Capacity to Plead/ Stand Trial
Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS), Cheshire West and Positive Risk Management
Part Three: Summary of Key Learning Points and Guidance on the Application of Transferable Knowledge;