Evaluation for Civil Commitment

ISBN : 9780195329148

Debra A. Pinals; Douglas Mossman
272 Pages
140 x 210 mm
Pub date
Jan 2012
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Forensic mental health assessment (FMHA) has grown into a specialization informed by research and professional guidelines. This series presents up-to-date information on the most important and frequently conducted forms of FMHA. The 19 topical volumes address best approaches to practice for particular types of evaluation in the criminal, civil and juvenile/family areas. Each volume contains a thorough discussion of the relevant legal and psychological concepts, followed by a step-by-step description of the assessment process from preparing for the evaluation to writing the report and testifying in court. Volumes include the following helpful features: - Boxes that zero in on important information for use in evaluations - Tips for best practice and cautions against common pitfalls - Highlighting of relevant case law and statutes - Separate list of assessment tools for easy reference - Helpful glossary of key terms for the particular topic In making recommendations for best practice, authors consider empirical support, legal relevance, and consistency with ethical and professional standards. These volumes offer invaluable guidance for anyone involved in conducting or using forensic evaluations. Evaluation for Civil Commitment gives readers comprehensive overview of the laws, policies, and evaluation practices focused on the civil commitment of persons with mental illness. This volume also provides ethical, clinical, and practical guidance for the clinician's role in such proceedings, including a summary of best practices for gathering information relevant to civil commitment hearings and providing testimony.


Chapter 1: The Legal Context
Chapter 2: Forensic Mental Health Concepts
Chapter 3: Empirical Foundations and Limits
Chapter 4 : Preparation for the Evaluation
Chapter 5: Data Collection
Chapter 6: Interpretation
Chapter 7: Report Writing and Testimony
Tests and Specialized Tools
Cases and Statutes
Key Terms
About the Authors

About the author: 

Debra Pinals, M.D. is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and the Director of Forensic Education of the Law and Psychiatry Program at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She is also Assistant Commissioner of Forensic Services for the Department of Mental Health in Massachusetts. Douglas Mossman, M.D. is Administrative Director of Glenn M. Weaver Institute of Law and Psychiatry at the College of Law, University of Cincinnati and Program Director for Forensic Psychiatry Training at the UC College of Medicine.

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