Topics: Psychiatry, United States Supreme Court cases, Supreme Court of the United States Pages: 19 (6302 words) Published: August 19, 2013

John P. Dotson
Prof. Kay Carter
PSF 5020 – u10a01 – Forensics Mental Health
Forensics Social Worker

2701 N. Mill Rd., Apt.56
Bowling Green, KY 42104

Table of Contents
Forensic Social Work Introduction
Competency v. Criminal Responsibility
The role and expectations of forensic social workers in civil and criminal settings. Forensic Social Worker and Collaboration
Assessment strategies, clinical instruments, evaluations, tests, and collateral reports Ethical challenges related to forensic social work
Most salient practice issue for the forensic social worker

This project will expose you to a variety of forensic mental health professionals and the legal settings in which they practice. The goal is to develop a deep understanding of one role and discipline in both criminal and civil court settings. It is expected that this paper will result in the identification of at least one desirable forensic mental health pathway in both the criminal court and civil court. Project steps:

1. Select a forensic mental health occupation (for example, social worker, psychologist, or psychiatrist, to name just a few). 2. Choose a specific issue that the mental health professional would address in criminal court (for example, competency to stand trial). 3. Choose an issue that the same mental health professional would address in a civil court setting (for example, emotional factors related to personal injury litigation or guardianship issues). 4. Provide an in-depth analysis of the role and expectations of the chosen mental health professional and the selected issue in both the civil and criminal settings. 5. Analyze the interaction between the selected mental health professional and other mental health, law enforcement, and judicial professionals throughout the legal process. Analyze the interaction in both civil and criminal court settings. 6. Describe the various assessment strategies, clinical instruments, evaluations, tests, and collateral reports that may be used by the selected forensic mental health professional when addressing the selected issue in both criminal and civil court settings. 7. Reflect on any ethical challenges related to the chosen profession and selected issue. 8. Identify the most salient practice issue for the chosen discipline and offer one or more possible macro-level solutions (in both court settings). Project Objectives

To successfully complete this project, you will be expected to: 1. Analyze the role of one type of forensic mental health professional in addressing a selected issue in both civil and criminal court proceedings. 2. Analyze the interaction between a forensic mental health professional and legal professionals in addressing an issue in both the criminal and civil courts. 3. Describe the assessment strategies, including the clinical instruments, used by a forensic mental health professional in addressing the selected issues in criminal and civil court proceedings. 4. Reflect on the ethical expectations related to the chosen issue. 5. Identify the most salient practice issue for the chosen discipline in criminal and civil court proceedings and offer one possible macro-level solution. Project Components

Project Component| Course Grade Weight| Unit Due|
Forensic Mental Health Pathway| 40%| Unit 10|
Total:| 40%|  |
Project Requirements
To achieve a successful project experience and outcome, you are expected to meet the following requirements. * Written communication: Written communication is free of errors that detract from the overall message. * APA formatting: Resources and citations are formatted according to APA (6th Edition) style and formatting. * Number of resources: Minimum of 10 resources.

* Length of paper: 10–15 typed double-spaced pages, excluding the references...

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