Principles and Practice of Child and Adolescent Forensic Mental Health
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When care of younger patients raises thorny legal questions, you need answers you can trust: that's why this book belongs on every clinician's reference shelf. Principles and Practice of Child and Adolescent Forensic Mental Health is a timely and authoritative source that covers issues ranging from child custody to litigation concerns as it walks clinicians through the often-confusing field of depositions and courtroom testimony.The book expands on the 2002 volume Principles and Practice of Child and Adolescent Forensic Psychiatry winner of the 2003 Manfred S. Guttmacher Award, to meet pressing twenty-first-century concerns, from telepsychiatry to the Internet, while continuing to cover basic issues, such as forensic evaluation, psychological screening, and the interviewing of children for suspected sexual abuse, that are important to both new and experienced practitioners. Many of its chapters have been entirely rewritten by new authors to provide fresh insight into such topics as child custody; juvenile law; abuse, neglect, and permanent wardship cases; transcultural, transracial, and gay/lesbian parenting and adoption; and the reliability and suggestibility of children's statements. It also includes significant material not found in the previous volume:  Two chapters on special education offer an introduction to screening instruments and help practitioners determine a child's potential need for special education programs and services. A chapter on cultural competence helps readers improve the accuracy and responsiveness of forensic evaluations and minimize the chance of an unjust outcome resulting from misguided expert opinion. The section on youth violence features three new chapters -- Taxonomy and Neurobiology of Aggression, Prevention of School Violence, and Juvenile Stalkers -- plus a newly written chapter on assessment of violence risk, offering guidance on how to confront problems such as bullying and initiate effective family interventions. A chapter on psychiatric malpractice and professional liability addresses these legal concerns with an eye toward cases involving minors. A chapter on psychological autopsy covers evaluation of the circumstances surrounding pediatric suicides, describing various types of equivocal deaths and discussing legal issues such as admissibility of the autopsy in court. A newly written chapter on the Internet expands the previous book's focus on child pornography to help practitioners deal with issues ranging from online threats to emotional and legal consequences of interactions in cyberspace. This is a valuable reference not only for practitioners in psychiatry and the mental health field but also for attorneys and judges. It opens up a field that may be too often avoided and helps professionals make their way through legal thickets with confidence.show more

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  • Hardback | 531 pages
  • 218.44 x 281.94 x 40.64mm | 1,678.28g
  • American Psychiatric Association Publishing
  • VA, United States
  • English
  • 8 Line drawings, unspecified; 65 Tables, unspecified
  • 1585623369
  • 9781585623365
  • 1,270,605

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"In general, the book does a tremendous job of summarizing the current literature, reviewing pertinent case law, and then applying this to the topics. The editors have tremendous expertise in child and adolescent forensic psychiatry... With the many changes in the juvenile justice system and other areas of child and adolescent forensic mental health, it is certainly worthwhile to replace the first edition."-- "Doody Enterprises, Inc., Louis J. Kraus, M.D.", "July 2010"show more

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This timely and authoritative sourcebook covers issues ranging from child custody to litigation concerns as it walks clinicians through the legal thickets of depositions and courtroom testimony. Principles and Practice of Child and Adolescent Forensic Mental Health expands on its predecessor volume Principles and Practice of Child and Adolescent Forensic Psychiatry, winner of the 2003 Manfred S. Guttmacher Award, to address twenty-first-century concerns, from telepsychiatry to the Internet, while continuing to cover basic issues such as forensic evaluation, psychological screening, and the interviewing of children for suspected sexual abuse. Many of the chapters have been entirely rewritten by new authors to provide fresh insight into such topics as child custody; juvenile law; abuse, neglect, and permanent wardship cases; transcultural, transracial, and gay and lesbian parenting and adoption; and the reliability and suggestibility of children's statements. The book also includes significant new material not found in the previous volume: two chapters on special education, a chapter on cultural competence, three new chapters on youth violence, a chapter on psychiatric malpractice and professional liability, and a chapter on psychological autopsy. A newly written chapter on the Internet addresses issues ranging from online threats to emotional and legal consequences of interactions in cyberspace.show more

About Elissa P. Benedek

Elissa P. Benedek, M.D., is Adjunct Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor.Peter Ash, M.D., is Chief, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry; Director, Psychiatry and Law Service; and Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia.Charles L. Scott, M.D., is Chief, Division of Psychiatry and the Law, and Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, at the University of California--Davis School of Medicine.show more

Table of contents

ContributorsPrefaceAcknowledgmentsPART I: BasicsChapter 1. Introduction to the Legal SystemChapter 2. Ethics of Child and Adolescent Forensic PsychiatryChapter 3. Introduction to Forensic EvaluationsChapter 4. Testifying: The Expert Witness in CourtChapter 5. Special Education: Screening Tools, Rating Scales, and Self-Report InstrumentsChapter 6. Psychological Testing in Child and Adolescent Forensic EvaluationsChapter 7. Forensic TelepsychiatryChapter 8. Cultural Competence in Child and Adolescent Forensic Mental HealthPART II: Legal Regulation of PracticeChapter 9. Legal Issues in the Treatment of MinorsChapter 10. Legal Aspects of Intellectual DisabilityPART III: Child CustodyChapter 11. Child Custody EvaluationChapter 12. Parenting Assessment in Abuse, Neglect, and Permanent Wardship CasesChapter 13. Children in Foster CareChapter 14. AdoptionChapter 15. Special Issues in Transcultural, Transracial, and Gay and Lesbian Parenting and AdoptionPART IV: Child AbuseChapter 16. Reliability and Suggestibility of Children's Statements: From Science to PracticeChapter 17. Interviewing Children for Suspected Sexual AbuseChapter 18. Forensic Issues in Munchausen by ProxyChapter 19. Forensic Issues and the InternetPART V: Youth ViolenceChapter 20. Taxonomy and Neurobiology of AggressionChapter 21. Assessing Violence Risk in YouthChapter 22. Prevention of Youth ViolenceChapter 23. Prevention of School ViolenceChapter 24. Juvenile StalkersPART VI: Juvenile OffendersChapter 25. Overview of Juvenile LawChapter 26. Juvenile Waiver and State-of-Mind AssessmentsChapter 27. Assessment and Treatment of Juvenile OffendersChapter 28. Sexually Aggressive YouthPART VII: Civil LitigationChapter 29. Civil Litigation and Psychic TraumaChapter 30. Malpractice and Professional LiabilityChapter 31. Psychological Autopsy in Children and AdolescentsChapter 32. Evaluations for Special EducationChapter 33. Clinical and Forensic Aspects of Sexual Harassment in School-Age Children and AdolescentsIndexshow more