The Mental Health Professional in Court

The Mental Health Professional in Court : A Survival Guide

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A successor to the popular The Psychiatrist in Court: A Survival Guide, The Mental Health Professional in Court has expanded the scope of the earlier book to include other professionals in the field. The authors have thoroughly updated the text, and provided a comprehensive coverage of legal processes. This book equips the mental health professional with a hands-on, practical working knowledge of what to expect -- and how to survive -- in the courtroom and the legal system. The book includes many helpful features:  An informal, user-friendly writing style that is accessible, reassuring, and empowering, and a succinct presentation that helps the reader achieve mastery of the material quickly and efficiently -- a boon when prepping for a court appearance A practical, rather than theoretical, approach to issues, with examples from literally hundreds of actual cases and countless consultations with peers and colleagues on how to deal with the legal system A thorough understanding of the book's audience. Because the authors understand that most mental health professionals' knowledge about going to court comes from television and movies, the book addresses the many deeply embedded misperceptions and distortions perpetuated by the media, taking the reader from rudimentary information about the legal system to more sophisticated topics, such as the different approaches to testifying. An indispensable legal glossary keyed to the text, which enhances understanding of courtroom terminology Other beneficial features, such as key points at the end of each chapter, which provide easy-to-locate summaries, and additional appendices, which outline the legal system and provide suggested readings. No one wants to appear in court, but in some cases it may be unavoidable. Brief enough to assimilate quickly, yet comprehensive in scope, The Mental Health Professional in Court: A Survival Guide is a reassuring and eminently useful guide designed to help the witness navigate the legal system.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 129 pages
  • 149.86 x 228.6 x 12.7mm | 90.72g
  • American Psychiatric Association Publishing
  • VA, United States
  • English
  • 1 Line drawings, unspecified; 5 Tables, unspecified
  • 1585624381
  • 9781585624386
  • 1,835,326

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The Mental Health Professional in Court: A Survival Guide is designed to help mental health professionals become more knowledgeable about the settings, assumptions, personnel, issues, and techniques involved in going to court, with the aim of demystifying the legal process and reducing anxiety about this inherently stressful experience. A revised and expanded version of The Psychiatrist in Court: A Survival Guide, published more than 10 years ago, this volume was written with three goals in mind: to soothe, support, and educate through use of an informal and at times even lighthearted tone; to offer a consistent focus on practical rather than theoretical issues; and to present the necessary material succinctly and efficiently so that readers can assimilate it quickly and under pressure of an impending court appearance. The book puts the topic in context by presenting the basics of the legal process and roles, then follows the chronology of responding to a subpoena, determining the kind of witness the reader may be asked to be, working with an attorney, preparing for a courtroom appearance, and identifying specific strategies for testifying. Well-written, astute, and supportive, this is the book mental health professionals should rely on when facing this potentially unnerving challenge.show more

About Thomas G. Gutheil

Thomas G. Gutheil, M.D., is Professor of Psychiatry and Cofounder of the Program in Psychiatry and the Law at the Massachusetts Mental Health Center and Department of Psychiatry, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, and is current president of the International Academy of Law and Mental Health.Eric Y. Drogin, J.D., Ph.D., currently serves on the faculties of the Harvard Medical School and the Harvard Longwood Psychiatry Residency Training Program. He is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Psychiatry & Law, and is former President of the American Board of Forensic Psychology.show more

Table of contents

About the AuthorsAcknowledgmentsPrefaceChapter 1. Introduction: "What? Me? Go to court?"Chapter 2. "Why is this happening?"Chapter 3. "How did I get here?": The path to litigationChapter 4. "What is motivating everyone?"Chapter 5. "Why is this taking so long?"Chapter 6. "Now do I get my say?": Interrogatories, depositions, and how to survive themChapter 7. "Where are we?": The foreign territory of the courtroomChapter 8. "Who are all these people?"Chapter 9. "Am I going to win this thing?": The trial itselfChapter 10. "Do I still get to have a life?": Self-care during litigationChapter 11. "Where do I go from here?": The aftermath of litigationAppendix I: The civil litigation processAppendix II: Legal glossaryAppendix III: Recommended readings and online supportIndexshow more