Fundamentals of Forensic Practice: Mental Health and Criminal Law by Richard RogersFundamentals of Forensic Practice: Mental Health and Criminal Law by Richard Rogers

Fundamentals of Forensic Practice: Mental Health and Criminal Law

byRichard Rogers, Daniel Shuman

Hardcover | August 30, 2005

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Forensic psychologists and psychiatrists are increasingly asked to provide expertise to courts and attorneys in the criminal justice system. To do so effectively, they must stay abreast of important advances in the understanding of legal standards as well as new developments in sophisticated measures and the methods for their assessment.Fundamentals of Forensic Practiceis designed to address the critical issues that are faced by mental health experts in their role of conducting assessments, presenting findings, and preparing for challenges to admissibility and credibility.

Uniquely practical and comprehensive, this volume operationalizes legal standards and describes empirically validated methods for their evaluation. Not only is this essential for mental health professionals, but it is equally valuable to criminal attorneys. Lawyers require both clinical knowledge and understanding of legal standards in order to prepare their own experts and to challenge those on the opposing side. For both clinical and legal expertsFundamentals of Forensic Practiceoffers a full view of all phases of criminal proceedings:

- Pretrial-diversion, determinations of bail, waivers of Miranda rights, and the capacity to consent to searches.

- Trial-competency to stand rial and criminal responsibility. Beyond insanity, the latter addresses mens rea, automatism, and psychological context evidence, such as battered-woman syndrome.

- Post-trial-sentencing, capital sentencing, competency to be executed, and other post-conviction issues.

Other key features include:

- Chapters on specific criminal issues in a consistent format, with comprehensive coverage of legal standards and relevant clinical methods

- Guidelines for conducting more effective forensic evaluations

- In-depth coverage of specialized assessments, eg. malingering, sexual predator cases, and the insanity defense.

- A detailed overview of direct and cross-examination strategies

This book is the second collaboration between Rogers and Shuman. As individual authors, each received the American Psychiatric Association's prestigious Guttmacher Award for their outstanding contributions to forensic psychiatry.

Title:Fundamentals of Forensic Practice: Mental Health and Criminal LawFormat:HardcoverDimensions:446 pagesPublished:August 30, 2005Publisher:Springer NatureLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0387252266

ISBN - 13:9780387252261


Table of Contents

I. Foundations of Practice.- Clinical and Legal Framework.- Malingering and Deception in Criminal Evaluations.- The Nature of Experts and Their Testimony.- II. Specific Criminal Issues.- Forensic Determinations of Diversion and Bail.- Miranda and Beyond: Competencies Related to Police Investigations.- Competency to Stand Trial.- Insanity Defense.- Beyond Insanity: Other Issues of Criminal Responsibility.- Sentencing Recommendations and Capital Issues.- Competency to be Executed and Other Post-Conviction Relief Issues.- Sexual Predator Determinations.- Integration: Themes in Criminal Forensic Practice.

Editorial Reviews

This is likely to be "the" book for frequent experts who want to better understand their roles in this complex environment, as well as the lawyers who utilize them. Well organized, easy to use, scholarly and practical, Fundamental of Forensic Practice is an important foundational text for training programs in forensic psychology, psychiatry, and metal health law.- William H. Reid, M.D., M.P.H., Clinical and Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry, University of Texas Health Science Center, Texas A&M College of Medicine, and Texas Tech Health Science Center