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Top 10 Most Influential Mental Health Law Cases

Learn about revolutionary Court cases that have altered that way mental health is practicted in the United States
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Platform: Udemy
Video: 1h 51m
Language: English
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Psychology & the Legal System:
The legal system governs various aspects related to the practice of mental health including issues such as confidentiality, involuntary hospitalization, and execution of mentally ill offenders, among others. This course will walk you through 10 of the most influential cases that have revolutionized the way mental health is practiced in the United States.
Any student interested in psychology, social work, or mental health counseling should learn about the laws that directly impact their professional practice!!
In this course, we will review legal cases seen by State District Courts, State Judicial Supreme Courts, and the U.S. Supreme Court. This course will provide students with the facts of each case (details of the specific crime that sparked case), the Court decision and rationale, the American Psychological Association’s (APA) opinion on the matter, and the clinical significance of the case to current mental health practice.

Issues heard by the Courts include:
1. Patient’s right to treatment
2. Patient’s right to refuse treatment
3. Involuntary medication of criminal defendants incompetent to stand trial
4. Duty to warn/protect
5. Psychotherapist-patient privilege
6. Death penalty in intellectually disabled individuals
7. Assessment of intelligence in death penalty cases
8. Death penalty in dementia patients
9. Sex offender civil commitment
10. Criteria for sex offender civil commitment

You will learn

✓ Students will learn about the intersection of law and mental health through a review of various Court decisions pertaining to mental health issues.
✓ The intersection of mental health and the criminal justice system
✓ Legal System
✓ Case Law related to mental health issues


• No requirements! All levels welcome.
• Only need any an interest in forensic psychology, mental health, or issues related to law

This course is for

• Any student interested in learning about Court decisions that have shaped the practice of mental health in the United States
Clinical Psychologist
Mental Health Organization with a goal to educate the general public on matters of mental health law, diagnoses, and much more.

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Instructor Bio:
Neuropsychology fellow with a demonstrated history of working with diverse populations include children, adults, forensic populations, major mental illness among a variety of other diagnoses. Skilled in neuropsychological assessment, cross-cultural assessment and psychotherapy.

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Platform: Udemy
Video: 1h 51m
Language: English
Next start: On Demand

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