Inpatient Forensic Psychiatry

Clarence Watson

in The Evolution of Forensic Psychiatry

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Published in print June 2015 | ISBN: 9780199393435
Published online July 2015 | e-ISBN: 9780190249694 | DOI:
Inpatient Forensic Psychiatry

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The field of inpatient forensic psychiatry involves all major aspects of the complex intersection of psychiatry and the criminal justice system. Clinical issues related to the psychiatric treatment and evaluation of individuals entangled with the criminal justice system are numerous. Whether a particular situation involves pretrial or post-trial status, felony or misdemeanor, or genuine or malingered symptomatology, inpatient forensic clinicians must utilize a full array of clinical skills while remaining cognizant of looming legal circumstances. Services in the inpatient forensic setting typically include competency to stand trial restoration programs, psychiatric stabilization of mentally ill convicts, treatment of insanity acquittees, and a variety of court-ordered evaluations. This chapter will cover the types of individuals referred to inpatient forensic units, the issues related to competency to stand trial restoration and involuntary administration of medication for competency restoration, and the unique relationship between the forensic clinician and the forensic patient. Ethical clinical concerns related to psychiatric treatment in the inpatient forensic setting will also be discussed.

Chapter.  3762 words. 

Subjects: Psychiatry

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