Part I: Fundamentals of Forensic Psychology:.
1. What is Forensic Psychology? An Introduction.
What is Forensic Psychology?.
Major Areas of Forensic Psychology.
The Relationship of the Law and Psychology.
Education and Training in Forensic Psychology.
2. Assessment, Treatment, and Consultation in Forensic Psychology.
Treatment in Forensic Contexts.
3. Expert Testimony and the Role of an Expert.
History of the Expert Witness.
Admissibility of Expert Testimony.
Challenges to Expert Testimony.
Factors that Influence Expert Witness Credibility.
Criticisms of Expert Testimony.
Ethics of the Expert.
Syndrome Evidence: Controversial Area of Expert Testimony.
Part II: Violence and Forensic Psychology:.
The Nature of the Psychopath.
The Relationship of Criminal Behavior and Violence to Psychopathy.
What Else Do We Know about Psychopathy?.
Special Groups and Psychopathy.
Legal and Ethical Issues Involving Psychopathy.
5. Violence Risk Assessment.
Nature of Violence and Violence Risk Assessment.
Legal Realities of Violence Risk Assessments.
The Evolution of Risk Assessment.
Clinical, Actuarial, and Structured Risk Assessments.
Risk and Protective Factors.
Accuracy of Risk Assessment.
6. Sexual Offenders.
What is a Sexual Offender?.
Assessment of Sexual Offenders.
Treatment and Management of Sexual Offenders.
Special Groups of Sexual Offenders.
Sexual Offender Legislation.
Part III: Mental Health Law and Forensic Psychology:.
7. Insanity and Criminal Responsibility.
Rationale for Insanity Defense.
Studies Assessing the Insanity Standards in Mock Jurors.
Evaluations of Insanity.
Forensic Assessment Instruments.
Other Issues of Criminal Responsibility.
8. Criminal and Civil Competence.
Raising the Issue of Competency in Criminal Proceedings.
Competency to Stand Trial (CST).
Other Variables Related to Competence.
Restoration of Competency.
Other Criminal Competencies.
9. Civil Commitment.
What is Civil Commitment?.
Criteria for Civil Commitment.
Process of Civil Commitment.
Coercion of Civil Commitments.
Right to Make Treatment Decision and Refuse Treatment.
Practice of Civil Commitment.
Part IV: Children and Family in Forensic Psychology:.
10. Domestic Violence and Stalking.
Defining and Identifying the Prevalence of Domestic Violence.
Assessment of Domestic Violence Among Intimate Partners.
Risk Factors and Risk Assessment in Domestic Violence.
Domestic Violence Treatment.
Gender Differences in the Perpetration of Domestic Violence.
11. Juvenile Delinquency and Juvenile Justice.
History of the Juvenile Court.
Processing in the Juvenile Courts.
Juvenile Delinquency and Juvenile Offenses.
Role of the Forensic Psychologist in Juvenile Courts.
Special Issues in Regard to Juveniles: School Violence.
12. Child Custody.
Legal History and Assumptions About Child Custody.
Child Custody Laws and Professional Guidelines.
Forensic Practice in Child Custody Evaluations.
Effects of Custody and Divorce on Children.
Part V: Civil Aspects of Forensic Psychology:.
13. Personal Injury and Discrimination in Civil Law.
Legal Basis for Personal Injury Cases: Torts and Civil Law.
General Forensic Practice in Personal Injury Cases.
Typical Injuries Involved in Personal Injury Claims.
Psychological Independent Medical Evaluation.
Sexual Harassment and Employment Discrimination.