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Psychological InjuriesForensic Assessment, Treatment, and Law$
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William J. Koch, Kevin S. Douglas, Tonia L. Nicholls, and Melanie L. O'Neill

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195188288

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195188288.001.0001

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Current Status and Future Trends

Current Status and Future Trends

Chapter:
(p.251) 10 Current Status and Future Trends
Source:
Psychological Injuries
Author(s):

William J. Koch

Kevin S. Douglas (Contributor Webpage)

Tonia L. Nicholls

Melanie L. O'Neill

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195188288.003.0011

This chapter discusses where the field (or rather intersection of several related fields) of forensic assessments of psychological injuries now stands, and describes future trends and necessary research to move this field forward. It argues that practice in both forensic assessment and rehabilitative efforts lags behind scientific advances, and it behooves the mental health professions as well as individual practitioners to improve the quality of such practice. Research over the past few decades has led to a greater understanding of the mental health conditions comprising psychological injuries, to more reliable assessment tools, and to some efficacious interventions. However, both assessment methods and treatments lag behind in terms of ecological validity.

Keywords:   forensic assessment, psychological injuries, post-traumatic stress disorder, future trends

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