Advertisement

Teaching Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology in Europe

  • Sheila Howitt
  • Lindsay Thomson
Chapter

Abstract

Although the roles and practice of forensic psychiatrists and forensic psychologists vary across Europe, there are commonalities in the knowledge and skills required. This chapter will outline the routes to practising in these professions and the components of training. Key teaching themes including mental health legislation, risk assessment and management, professionalism and ethics and expert witness training will be explored. The role of European initiatives in education and training will also be discussed.

This chapter will go on to describe a range of teaching methods and consider how each may be optimally utilised within the field of forensic mental health. Finally, the role of forensic mental practitioners in reducing mental health stigma and in promoting careers in the field will be considered.

References

  1. 1.
    Ciccone J, Jones J. The teaching roles of the forensic psychiatrist. J Psychiatry Law. 2012;40(2):167–84.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. 2.
    Nedopil N, Gunn J, Thomson L. Teaching forensic psychiatry in Europe. Crim Behav Ment Health. 2012;22(4):238–46.CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  3. 3.
    School of Forensic Mental Health. Forensic network. Information and Prospectus available at http://www.forensicnetwork.scot.nhs.uk/sofmh.
  4. 4.
    European Association of Psychology and Law. Information available at https://eapl.eu/.Google Scholar
  5. 5.
    European Board of Psychiatry. European framework for competencies in psychiatry. 2009.Google Scholar
  6. 6.
    European Psychiatric Association. Information available at www.europsy.net.Google Scholar
  7. 7.
    Nedophil N, Taylor P, Gunn J. Forensic Psychiatry in Europe: The perspective of the Ghent Group. International Journal of Psychiatry in Clinical Practice. 2015:19(2).Google Scholar
  8. 8.
    Thornton D. Scoring guide for risk matrix 2000.9/SVC. 2007.Google Scholar
  9. 9.
    Douglas KS, Hart SD, Webster CD, Belfrage H. HCR-20V3: assessing risk of violence—user guide. Burnaby, Canada: Mental Health, Law, and Policy Institute, Simon Fraser University; 2013.Google Scholar
  10. 10.
    Morgan J. ‘Giving up the Culture of Blame’: Risk Assessment and Risk Management in Psychiatric Practice – Briefing Document to Royal College of Psychiatrists, London: Royal College of Psychiatrists. 2007.Google Scholar
  11. 11.
    Beauchamp T, Childress J. Principles of biomedical ethics. 5th ed. New York, Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2001.Google Scholar
  12. 12.
    Arboleda-Florez JE. The ethics of forensic psychiatry. Current Opinion in Psychiatry. 2006;19(5):544–6.CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  13. 13.
    World Psychiatric Association. Madrid Declaration on Ethical Standards for Psychiatric Practice. WPA General Assembly.Google Scholar
  14. 14.
    Riordan D. Being ordinary in extraordinary places: reflective practice of the total situation in a total institution. Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. 2008;22(3):196–217.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  15. 15.
    Reeder D, Schatte D. Managing Negative Reactions in Forensic Trainees. Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law. 2011;39(2):217–21.Google Scholar
  16. 16.
    Dorga H. How to give a lecture. In Brown T and Eagles J ed. Teaching Psychiatry to Undergraduates. RCPysch Publications. 2011. p85–96.Google Scholar
  17. 17.
    Cogan A, Melville C. Problem based learning. In Brown T and Eagles J ed. Teaching Psychiatry to Undergraduates. RCPysch Publications. 2011. p110–118.Google Scholar
  18. 18.
    Galappathie N, Hill S, Jethwa K. Teaching forensic psychiatry using problem-based learning: A move away from lectures. Medical Teacher. 2007;29(2–3);283.CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  19. 19.
    Hare R. Hare psychopathy checklist—revised, 2nd ed; 2003.Google Scholar
  20. 20.
    World Health Organisation. Mental health atlas 2014. Geneva: World Health Organisation; 2015.Google Scholar
  21. 21.
    Reiss D, Chamberlain S. A survey of forensic psychiatry teaching in UK medical schools. Psychiatric Bull. 2001;25:299–301.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  22. 22.
    Reiss D, Famoroti OJ. Experience of prison psychiatry: A gap in psychiatrists’ basic professional training. Psychiatric Bull. 2004;28:21–22.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2018

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The State HospitalLanarkUK
  2. 2.Division of PsychiatryUniversity of Edinburgh, Kennedy TowerEdinburghUK

Personalised recommendations