Psychiatry and the Law | L4454

This course will explore the relationships between psychiatry, psychology, medicine and the law. Subjects to be covered will include: DSM-IV diagnoses and psychopharmacology; sanity and competency determinations; role of mental health experts in the court; special issues involving the mentally ill and death penalty; issues particular to juvenile offenders; third party protections and reporting requirements in child abuse and danger to third parties; civil commitment and involuntary treatment of the mentally ill; malpractice including professional misconduct and sexual boundary violations, and standards of mental health care; professional ethics in medicine and the law; law of informed consent and proxy decision making for medical treatment; confidentiality; clinical and legal aspects of end of life care; and prisonersÂ’ rights in correctional settings including sex offender treatment. Readings will include landmark state and federal decisions shaping each of these areas, along with readings from legal and mental health literature.

Prerequisites: None
Credit Hours: 3
ULW: This course does not satisfy the Upper Level Writing requirement (ULW)


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