101583: Fundamentals of Forensic Practice

Mental Health and Criminal Law

About the Course:

This book/course “is designed to address the critical issues that are faced by mental health experts in their role of conducting assessments, presenting findings, and preparing for the challenges to admissibility and credibility [in court]”. From the book back cover.

Publication Date:

2005 Edition


Richard Rogers and Daniel W. Shuman

About the Author:

Richard Rogers is a Professor of Psychology at the University of North Texas, Denton TX. Daniel W. Shuman is a Professor of Law at Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX. Each author “received the American Psychiatric Association’s prestigious Guttmacher Award for their outstanding contributions to forensic psychiatry.” from the book back cover

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for psychologists who seek knowledge about forensic practice issues. It is appropriate for an intermediate to advanced level of participants’ knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Demonstrate basic understanding of the history of forensic psychology and its relationship to the legal system.

  2. Acknowledge issues related to the assessment of malingering.

  3. Acknowledge issues related to providing expert testimony.

  4. Demonstrate knowledge related to diversion, bail, Miranda, competency to stand trial, insanity, sentencing and capital punishment.

  5. Demonstrate understanding of issues related to sexual predators and associated evaluations.

  6. Summarize findings and themes associated with clinical forensic practice.

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