Forensic Assessments in Criminal and Civil Law: A Handbook for Lawyers by Ronald Roesch

Forensic Assessments in Criminal and Civil Law: A Handbook for Lawyers

EditorRonald Roesch, Patricia A. Zapf

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While the vast majority of criminal and civil lawyers must at some time come into contact with a forensic mental health evaluation, either when requested by their side or by opposing counsel, most do not know enough about the practice to be informed consumers. Forensic assessments can varywidely based on the assessor's personal preferences, and while there are clearly defined "best practices" for most evaluations, there is no official process by which legal professionals can guarantee these practices are being followed. Designed to meet the specific needs of lawyers, Forensic Assessments in Criminal and Civil Law: A Handbook for Lawyers provides insight into what to expect from forensic mental health evaluations and how to navigate these assessments with skill and competence. The volume is divided into sections byevaluation type: criminal, civil, and juvenile and family evaluations. Each chapter addresses one of the most commonly requested forensic evaluations and is written by a forensic psychologist with both academic and professional experience with that type of evaluation. Specific evaluation types discussed include competence to stand trial in adults and juveniles, criminal responsibility, violence risk in adults, jury selection, eyewitness identification, personal injury claims, civil commitment, workplace disability, child custody, juveniles' risks and needs, andmore. This handbook is a comprehensive, one-stop resource for lawyers, judges, and other legal professionals seeking to further their knowledge of forensic assessments.

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Ronald Roesch is Professor of Psychology and Director of the Mental Health, Law, and Policy Institute at Simon Fraser University. Dr. Roesch is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and is on the Board of Directors of the International Association of Forensic Mental Health Services. He has served as Editor of Law and Human...
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Title:Forensic Assessments in Criminal and Civil Law: A Handbook for LawyersFormat:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 10 × 7 × 0.98 inPublished:August 3, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ContentsPrefaceAbout the Contributors1. Kirk Heilbrun, Thomas Grisso, Alan M. Goldstein, and Casey LaDuke: Foundations of Forensic Mental Health AssessmentPart 1: Criminal2. Patricia A. Zapf and Ronald Roesch: Evaluation of Competence to Stand Trial in Adults3. Ira K. Packer: Evaluation of Criminal Responsibility4. Alan M. Goldstein, Naomi E. Sevin Goldstein, and Heather Zelle: Evaluation of Capacity to Waive Miranda Rights5. Philip H. Witt and Mary Alice Conroy: Evaluation of Sex Offenders6. Kirk Heilbrun, Stephanie Brooks Holliday, and Christopher King: Evaluation of Violence Risk in Adults7. Margaret Bull Kovera and Brian L. Cutler: Evaluation for Jury Selection8. Mark D. Cunningham: Evaluation for Capital Sentencing9. Brian Cutler and Margaret Bull Kovera: Evaluation for Eyewitness IdentificationPart 2: Civil10. Eric Y. Drogin and Curtis L. Barrett: Evaluation for Guardianship11. Andrew W. Kane, Erin M. Nelson, Joel A. Dvoskin, and Steven E. Pitt: Evaluation for Personal Injury Claims12. Douglas Mossman and Debra A. Pinals: Evaluation for Civil Commitment13. William Foote and Jane Goodman-Delahunty: Evaluation for Harassment and Discrimination Claims14. Lisa Drago Piechowski: Evaluation of Workplace DisabilityPart 3: Juvenile and Family15. Geri Fuhrmann and Robert A. Zibbell: Evaluation for Child Custody16. Ivan Kruh and Thomas Grisso: Evaluation of Competence to Stand Trial in Juveniles17. Robert D. Hoge: Evaluation of Juveniles' Risks and Needs18. Randall T. Salekin, Kimberly M. Price, Kathryn E. Tant, Elizabeth W. Adams, Xinying Ang, and Jill Rosenbaum: Evaluation for Disposition and Transfer of Juvenile Offenders19. Jennifer R. Clark, Mary Connell, and Karen S. Budd: Evaluation of Parenting Capacity in Child Protection Matters