Forensic Psychology : Research, Clinical Practice, and Applications

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  • Copyright: 2008-10-01
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Forensic Psychology provides students with an in-depth and insightful introduction to the clinical practice of forensic psychology, the assessment and treatment of individuals who interact with the legal system. Focuses on the clinical practice of forensic psychology Integrates research, cases, and theory that provides students with a well-balanced picture of forensic psychology Incorporates two main themes, scope of practice and therapeutic jurisprudence, that focus on empirically supported clinical practice and expose students to case law and statutory law necessary in the practice of forensic psychology Utilizes real world examples and cases such as the impact of intelligence testing in the landmark Atkins vs. Virginia case that help students understand the practical role of forensic psychology Encourages an understanding of the law as a living and breathing entity, examining its ability to be therapeutic or anti-therapeutic for the people most directly affected by it Examines not only the criminal aspects of psychology and law but also civil aspects such as civil competence issues, sexual harassment claims, child custody evaluations, and personal injury cases which are often part of forensic practice Covers unique challenges that forensic psychologists often face clinically, legally, and ethicallyInstructor's Resources available at www.blackwellpublishing.com/huss.

Author Biography

Matthew T. Huss is a Professor of Psychology at Creighton University. He has served as a reviewer for numerous scholarly journals including Law & Human Behavior, Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, Psychology, Public Policy and the Law, International Journal of Forensic Mental Health, Criminal Justice and Behavior, Psychology, Crime and Law, Behavioral Sciences and the Law, Journal of Interpersonal Violence, Assessment, andthe Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment, and Trauma. He also served on the Editorial Board of Teaching of Psychology and the Psi Chi Journal of Student Research. He has recently contributed a chapter on Psychology and Law to an ebook published by the Society for Teaching of Psychology entitled, The Many Faces of Psychological Research in the 21st Century.

Table of Contents

Fundamentals of Forensic Psychology
What is Forensic Psychology? An Introduction
What is Forensic Psychology?
Major Areas of Forensic Psychology
The Relationship of the Law and Psychology
Education and Training in Forensic Psychology
Assessment, Treatment, and Consultation in Forensic Psychology
Forensic Assessment
Treatment in Forensic Contexts
Forensic Consultation
Expert Testimony and the Role of an Expert
History of the Expert Witness
Admissibility of Expert Testimony
Challenges to Expert Testimony
Factors that Influence Expert Witness Credibility
Criticisms of Expert Testimony
Ethics of the Expert
Syndrome Evidence: Controversial Area of Expert Testimony
Violence and Forensic Psychology
The Nature of the Psychopath
The Relationship of Criminal Behavior and Violence to Psychopathy
What Else Do We Know about Psychopathy?
Special Groups and Psychopathy
Legal and Ethical Issues Involving Psychopathy
Violence Risk Assessment
Nature of Violence and Violence Risk Assessment
Legal Realities of Violence Risk Assessments
The Evolution of Risk Assessment
Clinical, Actuarial, and Structured Risk Assessments
Risk and Protective Factors
Accuracy of Risk Assessment
Communicating Risk
Sexual Offenders
What is a Sexual Offender?
Assessment of Sexual Offenders
Treatment and Management of Sexual Offenders
Special Groups of Sexual Offenders
Sexual Offender Legislation
Mental Health Law and Forensic Psychology
Insanity and Criminal Responsibility
Rationale for Insanity Defense
Insanity Standards
Studies Assessing the Insanity Standards in Mock Jurors
Insanity Myths
Evaluations of Insanity
Forensic Assessment Instruments
Other Issues of Criminal Responsibility
Criminal and Civil Competence
Raising the Issue of Competency in Criminal Proceedings
Competency to Stand Trial (CST)
Other Variables Related to Competence
Restoration of Competency
Other Criminal Competencies
Civil Competencies
Civil Commitment
What is Civil Commitment?
Criteria for Civil Commitment
Process of Civil Commitment
Coercion of Civil Commitments
Right to Make Treatment Decision and Refuse Treatment
Practice of Civil Commitment
Children and Family in Forensic Psychology
Domestic Violence and Stalking
Defining and Identifying the Prevalence of Domestic Violence
Assessment of Domestic Violence Among Intimate Partners
Risk Factors and Risk Assessment in Domestic Violence
Domestic Violence Treatment
Gender Differences in the Perpetration of Domestic Violence
Juvenile Delinquency and Juvenile Justice
History of the Juvenile Court
Processing in the Juvenile Courts
Juvenile Delinquency and Juvenile Offenses
Juvenile Violence
Role of the Forensic Psychologist in Juvenile Courts
Special Issues in Regard to Juveniles: School Violence
Child Custody
Legal History and Assumptions About Child Custody
Child Custody Laws and Professional Guidelines
Forensic Practice in Child Custody Evalu
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