Psychological Evaluations for the Courts, Third Edition: A Handbook for Mental Health Professionals and Lawyers
This is the definitive reference and text for both mental health and legal professionals. The authors offer a uniquely comprehensive discussion of the legal and clinical contexts of forensic assessment, along with best-practice guidelines for participating effectively and ethically in a wide range of criminal and civil proceedings. Presented are findings, instruments, and procedures related to criminal and civil competencies, civil commitment, sentencing, personal injury claims, antidiscrimination laws, child custody, juvenile justice, and more.
By Karen Franklin "Forensic Psychologist" - October 5, 2007
The second edition, published in 1997, was the ultimate reference authority. The field has expanded considerably since then, and this third edition is even bigger and better. It is written for two groups: mental health professionals who perform psychological evaluations for the courts, and the legal professionals who retain them. It is also an invaluable resource book for students pursuing careers in forensic psychology or mental health law.
The collective experiences of the authors are diverse, and the book's coverage is similarly wide-ranging and comprehensive. Overview chapters discuss the nature of the legal system and forensic psychological assessment. Specific topics include criminal (competencies, mental state at the time of the offense, juvenile delinquency, sentencing) and non-criminal applications (civil commitment, tort claims, child abuse, parenting).
Always, the authors focus both on ethics and on practicality. We learn about operating a forensic... read more
surprising error in risk assessment section
By Susan J. Sachsenmaier - August 3, 2008
Melton et al's Psychological Evaluations for the Courts has been an impressive text since the first edition; with this (3rd) edition, I and am surprised to see an error in the description of the RRASOR on p. 314. The Rapid Risk Assessment for Sexual Offense Recidivism is one method used to evaluate sexual offenders for risk of rearrest or reconviction for a new sexual offense; therefore is used in many legal cases where the liberty interest of a person for years to come may be the main issue. This warrants an accurate review of the instrument, even if the review is only a few sentences. Melton et al state correctly that the instrument is composed of only four items, then list these as being prior offenses, gender of victim, age at release, and marital history. While marital history is an item of the Static-99 (a different but related method for estimating risk of sexual offenders), it is NOT an item of the RRASOR. The fourth item of the RRASOR is the offender's relationship to the... read more
Perfect for Forensic Psychology Students
By T. Niles "Do or do not, there is no try..." - March 7, 2011
As any student can attest, having a reliable resource to refer back to is not only important, but invaluable at times. I was preparing for some summer courses and decided to get this text because it sounded perfect for those courses. As it turns out, its perfect for just about any forensic course! I just started a course dedicated to the evaluation and treatment of offenders and I am already using it more than the class text. There is so much information, and it covers so many topics with just enough depth to provide the answers you're looking for.
I would also highly recommend the Kindle version (which you can also use on your Mac if you get the Mac Kindle app). Although you can still make notes/highlight in the hard copy, why add another cumbersome book to your load when you don't have too? Keep it electronic, highlight and notate all you want. I have an iPad and a Mac computer and the kindle app transfers those notes/highlights back and forth. At the end of the day,... read more
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