Evaluation of Juveniles' Competence to Stand Trial:
Best Practices in Forensic Mental Health Assessment
"This little book is an essential reference tool for forensic mental health practitioners who evaluate juveniles, as well as for the attorneys who represent them. You will not find this much comprehensive, up-to-date information on juvenile competency to stand trial (CST) evaluations in any other single source. Despite its jam-packed nature, it is easy to get through in a brief amount of time. That is because it is so clearly written, with charts that help explain the concepts."
- Karen Franklin, PhD ~
Forensic Psychology Blogger
In 2009, along with Dr. Thomas Grisso, the nation's premier researcher and consultant on juvenile forensic mental health issues, Dr. Ivan Kruh authored the field's most recent and comprehensive guide to the best and most supported ways to conduct evaluations of competence to stand trial with juvenile defendants. The volume contains a thorough discussion of relevant legal and psychological concepts. It provides a step-by-step description of the assessment process, from preparing for the evaluation to communicating with the court, and everything in between. In making recommendations for best practices, empirical support, legal relevance, and consistency with ethical and professional standards are all considered. The book is intended to offer guidance to mental health professionals conducting evaluations of juvenile competence to stand trial, to attorneys and judges using these evaluations, to clinical and legal trainees, and to policy makers.
The text is part of an 18 volume series, each volume addressing best practices approaches to practice for a particular type of forensic mental health evaluation with each volume authored by nationally recognized experts in that area. The series reflects the fact that Forensic Mental Health Assessment (FMHA) has grown into a specialization informed by research and professional guidelines. The series presents up-to-date information on the most important and frequently conducted forms of FMHA.
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