The Psychiatric Report

Principles and Practice of Forensic Writing

The Psychiatric Report

The written report is central to the practice of psychiatry in legal settings. It is required of mental health professionals acting as expert witnesses in criminal cases, civil litigation situations, child custody proceedings and risk assessments. This book provides a theoretical background to psychiatric writing for the law and a practical guide to the preparation of the report. The first section addresses practical and ethical concerns, including the conduct of the forensic psychiatric evaluation, conflicts of interest, record keeping and confidentiality. The second section contains practical and detailed advice on preparing various types of report, including reports for use in criminal and civil litigation, civil commitment hearings and child custody proceedings. A final section covers special issues arising during report preparation including the use of psychological tests and the detection of malingering. This is an essential guide for anyone required to write a psychiatric report.


 Reviews:

"This book is unique in the field of forensic psychiatry … It is a well-done work that should have a place of prominence in most forensic psychiatrists' offices."
Doody's Review Services

"In contrast to many other resources on report writing, this book provides historical and background information, as well as clear practical guidance on specific types of forensic mental health reports. Accordingly, it is hard to find fault with the book. The editors have achieved their goal of providing an informative and comprehensive guide to writing forensic reports. The book is recommended to forensic practitioners who want a single text to serve as a reference and a guide to their report writing."
The Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law

'It is hard to find fault with the book. The editors have achieved their goal of providing an informative and comprehensive guide to writing forensic reports. [This volume] is recommended to forensic practitioners who want a single text to serve as a reference and a guide to their report writing.' The Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law


 Prizes:

Winner of the Manfred S. Guttmacher Award 2013, which is awarded for outstanding contribution to the literature of forensic psychiatry in the form of a book, monograph, paper, or any other work presented at a professional meeting.
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