Mental health professionals in forensic arenas


The authors discuss a variety of forensic matters using cases in which they have been involved as experts. Pertinent issues are illustrated in cases in which the offender is charged with homicide. The need for a comprehensive evaluation, the importance of corroboration of the offender's statements, and the value of preparing a thorough report are discussed.

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Heide, K.M., Solomon, E.P. Mental health professionals in forensic arenas. J Police Crim Psych 12, 35–41 (1997).

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  • Defense Attorney
  • Criminal Psychology
  • Defense Counsel
  • Dissociative Disorder