Psychiatry and Law

Law 444



Writing Experience (WE)



This course will help students understand how mental illness and psychopathology interface with the legal system, in both the civil and the criminal justice systems. There will be an overview of interviewing techniques, psychopathology and assessment (including the use of standardized assessments and psychological testing) in conducting forensic evaluations and discussion of the use of mental health experts. Specific areas of focus will include confidentiality and privilege, right to treatment, risk assessment and civil commitment, psychiatric malpractice, competency to stand trial and competency restoration, criminal responsibility, sentencing, the death penalty and correctional issues, evaluation and management of sexual offenders, and overview of juvenile forensic issues.

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