This book is specifically designed for new psychiatrists and all other medical professionals who lack the training necessary to confront the complicated legal and ethical issues that arise at the intersection of the mental health and judicial systems. Written by experts in the field, each chapter begins with a challenging case vignette synthesized from a historical legal case that places the reader in the role of the treatment provider. The text presents details of the legal case, historical significance, and the precedent it set before discussing the core principles of that particular subject area. Each chapter reviews the existing literature and reinforces the most salient points. Topics include risk assessment, substance misuse and the law, legal issues within child and adolescent psychiatry, involuntary medication considerations, and other challenges that are often not sufficiently addressed in training. The text is specifically designed for new psychiatrists and other professionals who are transitioning from their studies into clinical practice, concisely explaining and defining the issues in a practical, reader-friendly tone suitable as both a quick-reference in a busy environment or as a resource for private study. Psychiatry and the Law: Understanding the Basics is an excellent resource for new psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, students, and other professionals accommodating medical and legal boundaries in clinical practice.
1. Introduction - Why Principles of Forensic Psychiatry Matter to All Psychiatrists2. Confidentiality and Privilege3. Duties to Third Parties (i.e. Tarasoff warnings)4. Informed Consent5. Voluntary and Involuntary Hospitalization6. Civil Commitment and Involuntary Outpatient Commitment7. Involuntary Medication8. Civil Competence (e.g. decision-making capacity)9. Ethics10. Malpractice11. Suicide Risk Assessment12. Violence Risk Assessment13. Substance Abuse and the Law14. Child and Adolescent Forensic Psychiatry15. Specialized Issues in Forensics 16. Conclusion