Law and Mental Health

Second Edition
A Case-Based Approach

Christopher M. Weaver and Robert G. Meyer

Hardcovere-bookprint + e-book
September 2, 2019
ISBN 9781462540471
Price: $69.00
430 Pages
Size: 6" x 9"
August 7, 2019
PDF and ePub ?
Price: $69.00
430 Pages
print + e-book
Hardcover + e-Book (PDF and ePub) ?
Price: $138.00 $82.80
430 Pages
professor copy Request a free digital professor copy on VitalSource ?

Download the Study Guide.
“A remarkable book....This book is a gem. It is clearly written and coherent and provides a fascinating perspective on how case law informs clinical forensic practice....As a textbook, it will deepen and enrich the understanding of major substantive issues in the law that may be covered by other books that go less into depth....It is also very valuable as a reference, even for advanced practitioners in the field.”

PsycCRITIQUES (on the first edition)

“The book gives a good overview of how court procedures work and how courts reason....Because of its breadth of coverage, the book would be a good text for students in the social and behavioral sciences and mental health professional training. It would also be a good reference for clinics and social agencies.”

Families in Society (on the first edition)

“Enjoyable....The authors write about the legal concepts in an easy-to-understand and friendly fashion. The stories behind the legal cases provide vivid backdrops for the complex legal concepts presented....I would recommend this book to clinicians interested in legal concepts and precedents, as well as to those interested in the study of law and mental health issues.”

Psychiatric Services (on the first edition)

“A thorough and immensely readable primer on the core issues facing the forensic practitioner....[The book] underscores many of the subtler issues in forensics, while bringing a human face to the field.”

Cognitive Therapy (on the first edition)

“The second edition of Law and Mental Health maintains all the virtues that made its predecessor so popular—it is empirically sophisticated, legally astute, and laden with clinical insight. The book is a remarkably comprehensive initiation to landmark criminal and civil cases and their implications for current mental health practice. I have never read a more engaging account of the intersection between law and mental health. Graduate and undergraduate students—as well as professionals—will find no better way to gain purchase on the field.”

—John Monahan, PhD, Shannon Distinguished Professor of Law, Psychology, and Psychiatry, University of Virginia

“Weaver and Meyer have authored another remarkable text. Like the first edition, the second edition is written in an engaging style, with detailed coverage of a range of important issues set in the context of relevant case law and insightful commentary. This book is an excellent resource for anyone involved at the interface of the mental health and legal systems, from students learning about law and mental health to advanced practitioners responsible for maintaining competent practice.”

—Patricia A. Zapf, PhD, Department of Psychology, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, The City University of New York

“This book is a tour-de-force review of precedent-setting legal cases. It is important reading for students interested in careers in psychology and law and for clinical and forensic mental health professionals, as well as attorneys facing unfamiliar psycholegal topics.”

—John F. Edens, PhD, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Texas A&M University

“Mental health clinicians and clients are influenced by landmark legal cases in many ways. This book brings critical court decisions to life in an accessible, humanized style that avoids legalese. The authors weave case-based stories that teach us much about how legal cases arise, how they are resolved, and how their consequences unfold in society to affect our lives and clinical practices.”

—Thomas Grisso, PhD, Department of Psychiatry (Emeritus), University of Massachusetts Medical School

“This interesting, comprehensive text provides students with a good foundation in forensic psychology. The second edition includes new case examples that are relevant to discussions about contemporary issues in law and mental health. Because it is easy to read and well organized, the text could be used in both upper-division undergraduate and graduate-level courses.”

—Gregory Canillas, PhD, Forensic Psychology Program, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology