Mental Health Practice and the Law

Mental Health Practice and the Law

Ronald Schouten

Print publication date: Mar 2017

ISBN: 9780199387106

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Abstract

Mental health professionals, more than any other clinicians, encounter legal issues on a regular basis. Mental Health Practice and the Law is written for anyone in the field, at any stage in their training or practice, who has ever found themselves scratching their head in confusion or dreading that they will expose themselves to liability as they navigate the complexities at the interface of law and mental health. Written by established experts and the rising stars of the next generation, the sixteen chapters in this book offer readers a basic understanding of legal principles encountered in clinical practice, as well as practical advice on how to manage situations at the interface of law and clinical practice. Using case examples and clear language, this book will help clinicians understand the underlying principles behind the legal requirements of clinical care. It aims to enhance the reader’s knowledge of legal issues and ability to deliver good clinical care when those issues are encountered.