Forensic Mental Health Assessment of Children and Adolescents

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Steven N. Sparta, Gerald P. Koocher
Oxford University Press, Mar 16, 2006 - Psychology - 496 pages
Most professional forensic literature addresses the assessment of adults yet neglects the necessary differences that arise when working with minors. Forensic Mental Health Assessment of Children presents the reader with essential knowledge and practical suggestions regarding the forensic assessment of minors involved in a variety of legal applications. Methods of evaluation are described by leading experts regarding topics frequently encountered and of great importance to the courts including: -Physical and sexual child abuse -Domestic violence -Child custody in divorce proceedings -Risk assesment for violence -Potential for rehabilitation in juvenile court cases -Special education -Childhood development and trauma as mitigating circumstances in death penalty cases In addition to reviewing a broad spectrum of topics, methods of evaluation, and the application of specific tests, chapters also address forensic assessment matters such as ethical issues, professional liability, and cultural considerations. This comprehensive resource will be indispensable to mental health practitioners and legal professionals, and of great interest to researchers and students.

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Introduction to Forensic Assessment of Children
Forensic Assessment Issues Ethics Lawyers Courts Cultural Considerations and Professional Liability
Forensic Mental Health Applications
Selected Measurement Issues

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Dr. Steven N. Sparta is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry (Voluntary), University of California at San Diego School of Medicine, Adjunct Professor of Law, Thomas Jefferson School of Law, and Adjunct Professor of Psychology, San Diego State University. He was Chair of the Ethics Committee of the American Psychological Association; former President and Fellow of the San Diego Psychological Association; and previously served as Chief Psychologist, Children's Hospital San Diego. Dr. Sparta is Boarded in Clinical and Forensic Psychology (ABPP) and maintains an independent practice. Dr. Gerald P. Koocher is Associate Provost and Professor of Psychology at Simmons College and a Senior Lecturer at Harvard Medical School. Having served as the President of the American Psychological Association (APA) and as the Chief Psychologist at Children's Hospital Boston, he has authored more than 200 articles and book chapters and authored or edited 15 books.

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