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Are You Using Best Practices in Forensic Mental Health Assessment?

BookSeriesOxford University Press has published a book series entitled Best Practices in Forensic Mental Health Assessment. This series has made a significant impact on the field of forensic psychology by offering concise, empirically based information regarding best practices for forensic assessment in a variety of areas. The series consists of 20 books, each written by well-known and well-respected leaders in the field of forensic psychology.

The Best Practices Series

foundationsThe series editors—Kirk Heilbrun, Tom Grisso, and Alan Goldstein—wrote the first book for the series, Foundations of Forensic Mental Health Assessment (2008), which provides an overview of the foundational considerations in forensic mental health assessment. Each of the 19 books that follow uses a similar format, with a description of the legal context, the forensic mental health concepts, and the empirical foundation and limits for each content area followed by detailed information on preparing for the evaluation, data collection, interpretation, and report writing and testimony. The books are targeted towards mental health and legal professionals involved in various aspects of forensic mental health assessment. They represent an accumulation of decades of knowledge that has been distilled into best practices to be followed by those involved in these evaluations.

The book series is organized into 3 sections of titles—Criminal, Civil, and Juvenile & Family—each of which will be described in more detail below. This series is a must-have for anyone interested or involved in forensic mental health assessment as has quickly become the standard for forensic mental health assessment. Professionals not familiar with this series risk uncomfortable questions on cross-examination about their assessment techniques and practices and how they conform to currently accepted standards of forensic mental health assessment.

Each of the titles in the series is briefly described below.

Criminal Titles in the Series

cstEvaluation of Competence to Stand Trial (2009)

Authors: Patricia Zapf & Ronald Roesch

“This is an excellent book that provides a concise overview of evaluating competence to stand trial. The authors highlight the most important points and walk readers through the evaluation and testimony process, combining research with practice. Novice clinicians will gain much from the insights in this book, and seasoned veterans will not be disappointed.”–Doody’s

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Evaluation of Criminal Responsibility (2009)

Author: Ira Packer

While the notion of insanity and the fact that it is unfair to hold “mentally impaired” people fully and criminally responsible for their actions has a long history, the concepts associated with criminal responsibility are still complex and difficult to define. In recent years, the field has developed a greater consensus regarding essential data collection methods, as well as how to manage the type of reasoning that is required in fitting data to the legal definitions. This volume offers guidance for the forensic mental health examiner, based on tradition as well as the latest developments for improving practice in criminal responsibility evaluations.

MirandaEvaluating Capacity to Waive Miranda Rights (2010)

Authors: Alan Goldstein & Naomi Goldstein

Provides a detailed “how-to” for practitioners, including information on data collection, interpretation, report writing and expert testimony.

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Evaluation of Sexually Violent Predators (2008)

Authors: Philip Witt & Mary Alice Conroy

This volume is part of the Best Practices in Forensic Mental Health Assessment series. It focuses on evaluations for civil committment of Sexually Violent Predators (SVPs). These are the offenders who are determined by the court to present sufficient risk to the community to justify being detained beyond the expiration of their maximum criminal sentences.

ViolenceAdultsEvaluation for Risk of Violence in Adults (2009)

Author: Kirk Heilbrun

Part of the successful Best Practices in Forensic Mental Health Assessment series. Includes helpful step-by-step information on performing violence risk assessments. User-friendly format includes bulleted lists, helpful tips, and key issues to avoid.

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Evaluation for Capital Sentencing (2010)

Author: Mark Cunningham

This book addresses the evaluation of criminals for capital sentencing, and looks at the history and importance of this process, the legal standards and the procedure for applying this evaluation in court.

eyewitnessEvaluating Eyewitness Identification (2010)

Authors: Brian Cutler & Margaret Bull Kovera

Part of the successful Best Practices in Forensic Mental Health Assessment series. User-friendly format and design for on-the-spot reference.  Provides an overview of the most up-to-date legal and psychological developments

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Jury Selection (2012)

Authors: Margaret Bull Kovera & Brian Cutler

Sets forth best practices to follow when conducting a scientific jury selection. Provides overview of standardized tools for assessing personality traits and attitudes.

Civil Titles in the Series

treatmentresearchEvaluation of Capacity to Consent to Treatment and Research (2009)

Author: Scott Kim

Part of the successful Best Practices in Forensic Mental Health Assessment series. Provides step-by-step information on evaluating competence to consent to treatment. Contains useful features like key terms, best practice sidebars, and checklists.

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Evaluation for Guardianship (2010)

Authors: Eric Drogin & Curtis Barrett

Part of the successful Best Practices in Forensic Mental Health Assessment series. Contains useful features like key terms, best practice sidebars, and checklists. Gives step-by-step instructions on conducting guardianship evaluations.

workplacedisabilityEvaluation of Workplace Disability (2011)

Author: Lisa Piechowski

Offers general and specific guidelines of each type of evaluation as well as reviews of relevant cases. Practice guidelines for conducting workplace mental health disability evaluations. Issues specific to evaluations for the Americans with Disabilities Act and Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

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Evaluation for Personal Injury Claims (2011)

Authors: Andrew Kane & Joel Dvoskin

Presents established empirical foundations from the behavioral, social, and medical sciences, addressing the assessment of personal injury claims.

HarrassmentEvaluation for Workplace Discrimination and Harassment (2010)

Authors: Jane Goodman-Delahunty & William Foote

Addresses the evaluation of damage for discrimination or harassment claims, and explores the history and importance of this process.

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Evaluation for Civil Commitment (2011)

Authors: Debra Pinals & Douglas Mossman

Offers practical guidance on civil commitment evaluations for clinicians with little or no specialty training in forensic psychiatry.

Juvenile and Family Titles in the Series

juvenilecstEvaluation of Juveniles’ Competence to Stand Trial (2009)

Authors: Ivan Kruh & Tom Grisso

Part of the successful Best Practices in Forensic Mental Health Assessment series. Contains useful features like key terms, best practice sidebars, and checklists. Gives step-by-step instructions on conducting competence evaluations with juveniles.

ViolencejuvenileEvaluation for Risk of Violence in Juveniles (2010)

Authors: Robert Hoge & D.A. Andrews

Part of the successful Best Practices in Forensic Mental Health Assessment series. Provides step-by-step information on conducting risk assessments with juveniles. Contains useful features like key terms, best practice sidebars, and checklists.

childprotectionEvaluation of Parenting Capacity in Child Protection (2011)

Authors: Karen Budd, Jennifer Clark & Mary Connell

Provides a detailed “how-to” for practitioners, including information on data collection, interpretation, report writing and expert testimony.

 childcustodyEvaluation for Child Custody (2011)

Authors: Geri Fuhrmann & Robert Zibbell

Provides a detailed “how-to” for practitioners, including information on data collection, interpretation, report writing and expert testimony. Written by two child custody examiners with years of experience and an exceptional depth of understanding of the area. Synthesizes the highest quality of work in the field to articulate the best practices for these evaluations based upon professional guidelines, law, and research.

Continuing Education Credit

We are please to offer Continuing Education (CE) credit for the Best Practices series. For more information on the titles offered and the number of CE hours offered for each title, please click here.

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