Foundations of Forensic Mental Health Assessment

Paperback | September 25, 2008

byKirk Heilbrun, Thomas Grisso, Alan M. Goldstein

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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.This first volume in the series serves an introduction to the field of FMHA, and provides an overview of the foundational concepts applied in the other 19 volumes.

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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...

Kirk Heilbrun is at Drexel University, Philadelphia. Thomas Grisso is a Director at the Law and Mental Health Core of Center for Mental Health Services Research, UMASS Medical School. Alan M. Goldstein is at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.68 inPublished:September 25, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. The Nature and Evolution of Forensic Mental Health Assessment3. Relevant Sources of Authority for Developing Best-Practice Standards4. Principles of Forensic Mental Health Assessment5. Toward Best Practices in Forensic Mental Health AssessmentReferencesCases and StatutesAbout the Authors