mental health professional

Respond to the stated question, including any relevance to and implications on the field of criminal justice. Be sure to discuss the issue(s) to which the question pertains. Remarks can include your opinion(s), but must be based on experience, research, and/or prior learning. Use this exercise to foster a rich dialogue with your colleagues about issues that are important to the field of criminal justice.

The stated question

Address the differences between criminal and civil court and the roles mental health professionals play in these two types of courts.

    1. Identify some of the differences between criminal and civil court. These differences involve who the parties are, types of complaints, penalties, and how the process proceeds.
    1. Then identify what types of activities a mental health professional would perform in criminal court and civil court; include some examples of these activities.
Course Textbooks
Melton G.B., Petrila, J., Poythress, N.G., & Slobogin, C. (2008). Psychological evaluations for the
Courts: A handbook for mental health professionals and lawyers (3rd ed.). New York: Guilford Press.
ISBN: 1-57230-966-0
Barsky, A.E. (2013). Clinicians in court — A guide to subpoenas, depositions. testifying and everything
else you need to know (2nd ed.). New York: Guilford Press. ISBN: 978-1-4625-0355-1
American Psychological Association. (2009). Publication manual of the American Psychological
Association (6th ed.). Washington, DC: Author. ISBN: 978-1-4338-0561-5

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