The third edition of this award-winning textbook has been revised and thoroughly updated. Building on the success of the previous editions, it continues to address the history and practice of forensic psychiatry, legal regulation of the practice of psychiatry, forensic evaluation and treatment, psychiatry in relation to civil law, criminal law and family law, as well as correctional forensic psychiatry. New chapters address changes in the assessment and treatment of aggression and violence as well as psychological and neuroimaging assessments.
- Offers comprehensive but practical coverage that ensures a substantive presentation of the field of forensic psychiatry in the USA
- Includes links to key references and information on landmark cases
- Provides new chapters reflecting the vast increase in knowledge concerning psychological and imaging assessment techniques and risk assessment
- Covers a range of topics presented by internationally renowned authors and key opinion leaders
- Presents information that has been edited and written on behalf of the Tri-State Chapter of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, whose editors and chapter authors are among the leading forensic psychiatrists in the USA
A Conceptual Framework for Forensic Psychiatry. Defining Forensic Psychiatry: Roles and Responsibilities. History of Forensic Psychiatry. Forensic Psychiatric Report Writing. Guidelines for Courtroom Testimony. Practical Issues in Forensic Psychiatric Practice. Education and Training in Forensic Psychiatry. Ethical Guidelines. Liability of the Forensic Psychiatrist. the Death Penalty. Competence Assessments. Psychological Autopsy. Informed Consent and Competency. Hospitalization: Voluntary and Involuntary. Assisted Outpatient Treatment and "Outpatient Commitment." the Right to Treatment. Treatment Refusal in Psychiatric Practice. Confidentiality and Testimonial Privilege. the Duty to Protect. Treatment Boundary Violations and Sexual Misconduct in the Therapist-Patient Relationship. the Law and Physician Mental Illness and Substance Use.