Handbook of Correctional Mental Health

Handbook of Correctional Mental Health

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The first practical, clinical guidebook on correctional mental health care that uses hypothetical case vignettes to illustrate important points, the Handbook of Correctional Mental Health is designed to assist mental health professionals in providing effective care to inmates and understanding both the unique living environment and stressors faced by inmates in a variety of correctional settings and the legal context in which they provide that care. Each of 12 fascinating chapters written by 26 nationally recognized experts is clearly organized by overview, clinical case vignette, and key summary points, following the individual from arrest through probation. Each chapter combines basic background information for providers new to the world of corrections with more advanced material for seasoned correctional providers. The indispensable Handbook of Correctional Mental Health also offers -A practical approach to medication management in corrections, educating providers on the unique risks of pharmacotherapyArisks they may not be aware of when practicing in this setting.
-A comprehensive overview about how to detect malingering, especially valuable because of the increased prevalence of malingering in this setting and the ensuing special need for providers to receive education and training on this issue. -A much-needed chapter on incarcerated women, representing the most up-to-date, comprehensive resource on an issue of increasing importance today, with the female inmate population growing faster than that of male inmates. -An excellent legal overview regarding standards of care of providers who work in jails or prisons, particularly useful for individuals preparing for forensic psychiatry or psychology boards because it summarizes the most important forensic clinical issues and relevant legal cases. A unique and separate constitutional standard of care applies to mental health care providers in corrections-a standard that does not apply in the community. -Detailed discussions of unique populations, such as developmentally disabled inmates, and the opposite extremes of correctional settings, from the highest maximum-security prisons where individuals may be locked down 23 hours a day to supervised placement in the community.
Incorporating various viewpoints on potentially controversial issues (such as the prescription of benzodiazepines to incarcerated inmates) and including extensive legal and clinical references that reflect current trends in correctional psychiatry, the Handbook of Correctional Mental Health has a broad multidisciplinary scope that will appeal to psychiatric students, residents, and clinicians; law school students and practicing attorneys; mental health court judges; and social workers, nurses, officers, and administrators who work in correctional settings.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 340 pages
  • 154.9 x 233.7 x 22.9mm | 612.36g
  • American Psychiatric Press Inc.
  • VA, United States
  • English
  • 1585621560
  • 9781585621569

Table of contents

Overview of the criminal justice system. Psychiatry in a correctional culture. Assessment of mental disorders in correctional settings. Suicide prevention in correctional facilities. Psychopharmacology in correctional settings. Mental health interventions in correctional settings. Assessment of malingering in correctional settings. Female offenders in correctional settings. Individuals with developmental disabilities. Maximum and supermaximum security settings. Outpatient management. Legal issues. Index.
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"Given the dearth of books and other materials regarding the practice of psychiatry in correctional institutions, this is a welcome addition to the shelf of any provider in these settings. As the incarcerated population continues to increase, and thus the number of offenders with psychiatric disorders multiplies, more clinicians are finding themselves working with this population and need to increase their familiarity with the specific challenges and subtle differences inherent in treating these patients. This book is an essential reference tool for providers in correctional institutions and will serve to educate even those who do not enter these environments for treatment purposes."- "Doody's Book Review Service," "January 2006"
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About Charles L. Scott

Charles L. Scott, M.D., is Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Chief of the Division of Psychiatry and the Law at the University of California, Davis.
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