Writing Forensic Reports: A Guide for Mental Health Professionals

Writing Forensic Reports: A Guide for Mental Health Professionals


By (author) Daniel P. Greenfield, By (author) Jack A. Gottschalk

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  • Publisher: Springer Publishing Co Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 216 pages
  • Dimensions: 175mm x 251mm x 18mm | 386g
  • Publication date: 15 February 2009
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0826121586
  • ISBN 13: 9780826121585
  • Edition: 1
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 823,316

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This is a practical handbook to assist mental health professionals at all levels of career development in their effective production of forensic reports. It features full-length report samples with step-by-step guides explaining how each section of the report is done, and extensive reference lists and appendices for further information and research. It includes basic information about the legal and clinical bases for discussing forensic issues and for writing effective reports. It discusses how to apply reports to forensic settings. It contains multiple examples of full and partial forensic reports.

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"Despite the extensive technical literature on forensic mental health, there is a lack of practical guidebooks dedicated to generating clear and persuasive forensic mental health reports. Greenfield and Gottschalk present this practical handbook to address this critical need. This comprehensive guide outlines the proper format for forensic reports, contains multiple examples of full and partial reports, and is organized in a user-friendly, ""how-to"" style to accomplish its goal. The case overviews of full criminal reports, full civil reports, and civil summaries cover important topics such as domestic violence, malpractice, personal injury, malingering, and more. Key features: Full-length report samples with step-by-step guidelines explaining how each section of the report is done Designed to assist the novice, trainee, and seasoned forensic mental health practitioner Extensive commentaries and discussions following each case overview to convey how the report served to help resolve its case Extensive reference lists and appendices containing key terms, additional journals and periodicals, Internet resources, and assessment tools "