Evaluation for Civil Commitment

Paperback | December 13, 2011

byDebra Pinals, Douglas Mossman

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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 forparticular 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 andtestifying 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 topicIn 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.

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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 forparticular types of evaluation in the criminal...

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 Dir...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 0.12 × 0.12 × 0.12 inPublished:December 13, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195329147

ISBN - 13:9780195329148

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Table of Contents

FOUNDATION1. The Legal Context2. Forensic Mental Health Concepts3. Empirical Foundations and LimitsAPPLICATION4. Preparation for the Evaluation5. Data Collection6. Interpretation7. Report Writing and Testimony