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Mental Health Professional and the Legal System

Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry

  • 1991
  • 208 Pages
  • ISBN 978-0-87318-625-4
  • Item #7625


  • Part I: Overview.

    You and the law. The law and the legal process. The need for mental health professionals in the legal system. Common legal tests.

    Part II: The Law, the Patient, and the Therapist.

    The therapist in court. Legal issues arising in a treatment relationship. Civil commitment: the therapist’s role. Legal requests and the subpoena.

    Part III: The Law and the Expert Witness as Consultant to the Attorney.

    Contact with the attorney. The examination. The expert’s report. Preparing for deposition or trial. Court testimony. Epilogue. Appendix.

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