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<P>Study Guide to Forensic Psychiatry</P>
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Study Guide to Forensic Psychiatry

A CME Companion to The American Psychiatric Publishing Textbook of Forensic Psychiatry, Second Edition, Version 2

Robert I. Simon, M.D., and Robert E. Hales, M.D., M.B.A.
ISBN 978-1-58562-330-3
Online at
Item #562330

Earn up to 11.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CME Credits™!

The Study Guides (previously called Self-Assessments) are self-paced, online examinations that allow you to evaluate your mastery of the subject matter as you progress through the companion American Psychiatric Publishing Textbook.

The program provides an easy-to-access and individualized opportunity to gain and assess knowledge of psychiatry, ideally to be undertaken by psychiatrists and residents as part of a comprehensive lifelong learning program in psychiatry. It provides a specific educational opportunity for candidates preparing for certification and recertification examinations.

By participating in the Study Guide program, you will have the opportunity to

  • Improve knowledge of forensic psychiatry
  • Improve decision making and patient care
  • Test and assess your knowledge and decision-making skills
  • Prepare for board certification and recertification
  • Practice answering board-like questions
  • Earn up to 11.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ for each exam

Participants earn continuing medical education (CME) credits for reviewing the companion The American Psychiatric Publishing Textbook of Forensic Psychiatry, Second Edition assessing their retention of the clinical content of the Textbook by taking the self-assessment exam, and further increasing their clinical knowledge by reviewing the rationale for the correct answers. The Answer Guide references relevant text, tables, and figures (including the page number) in the Textbook to allow quick access to needed information. Each answer is accompanied by a discussion that addresses not only the correct response but also explains why other responses are not correct.

The APA is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American Psychiatric Association designates this educational activity for a maximum of 11.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This Study Guide does NOT meet ABPN criteria for Self-Assessment (Part 2 of the Maintenance of Certification).

Program release date: July 1, 2010
Program review date: July 31, 2013
Program end date: July 31, 2016

Preface. Questions. Rediscovering forensic psychiatry. Introduction to the legal system. Starting a forensic practice. The expert witness. Ethics in forensic psychiatry. Psychiatric diagnosis in litigation. The forensic psychiatric examination and report. Professional liability in psychiatric practice and requisite standard of care. Competencies in civil law. Personal injury litigation and forensic psychiatric assessment. Disability. The workplace. Competency to stand trial and the insanity defense. Forensic assessment of sex offenders. Correctional psychiatry. Forensic psychiatry and law enforcement. Malingering. Children and adolescents. Personal violence. Understanding risk assessment instruments. Forensic psychiatry and the internet. Psychological testing in forensic psychiatry. Answer Guide.

Robert I. Simon, M.D., is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Program in Psychiatry and Law in the Department of Psychiatry at Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C. He is also Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at Suburban Hospital, Johns Hopkins Medicine, in Bethesda, Maryland.

Robert E. Hales, M.D., M.B.A., is Joe P. Tupin Professor and Chair, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of California�Davis School of Medicine in Sacramento, California; Medical Director, Sacramento County Mental Health Services in Sacramento, California; and Editor-in-Chief, American Psychiatric Publishing, Inc.