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Clinicians who work on the frontlines of correctional mental health know that the challenges are only increasing. Not only is the proportion of inmates with mental disorders growing at a rate that exceeds that of the correctional population as a whole, but this group is expanding at both ends of the aging continuum, so that increasing numbers of both geriatric and juvenile offenders require assessment and treatment. Changing patient demographics and evolving treatment modalities make it essential that psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, nurses, and other professionals who serve the prison population have access to the most practical, up-to-date, and comprehensive resource. Handbook of Correctional Mental Health, now in an expanded, second edition, is that resource.
This book addresses key concepts to ensure that the reader meets the current standard of care for inmates through all phases of the criminal justice system. In 20 state-of-the-art chapters, nationally recognized providers and correctional mental health experts address the most pressing issues facing clinicians. Unique to this edition, the Handbook:
Other titles in the field are either out-of-date or limited in scope. By contrast, this new edition of Handbook of Correctional Mental Health includes everything mental health professionals need to provide the highest standard of care to this growing—and complex—patient population.
Contributors. Preface. Part I: Overview of Correctional Settings and Provision of Care. Overview of the criminal justice system. The criminal justice system and offenders placed in an outpatient setting. Legal issues regarding the provision of care in a correctional setting. Part II: Clinical Evaluation and Care. The mental health professional in a correctional culture. Conducting mental health assessments in correctional settings. Continuous quality improvement and documentation. Evaluating and treating substance use disorders. Managing the disruptive or aggressive inmate. Toward a better understanding of suicide prevention in correctional facilities. Assessment of malingering in correctional settings. Trauma and incarcerated persons. Pharmacotherapy in correctional settings. Creating wellness through collaborative mental health interventions. Monitoring a correctional mental health system. Clinically oriented reentry planning. Part III: Special Inmate Populations. Supermax units and death row. Female offenders in correctional settings. Individuals with developmental disabilities in correctional settings. Juvenile offenders. Geriatric offenders. Index.
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