This volume describes the law related to, forensic assessment of, and treatment for psychological injuries, particularly posttraumatic stress disorder. Special attention is given to the empirical limits of forensic assessment of posttraumatic stress disorder, vulnerabilities in expert evidence, and empirically supported treatments.
"[the authors] present an in-depth review of the interaction effects of social economic factors, gender, culture, and the type of stressors--nowhere so carefully crafted and thoroughly researched as in this book...Whether you are a clinician who assesses and treats traumatized clients or a forensic psychologist who evaluates clients for legal proceedings, this book will improve your knowledge and understanding...My clinical awareness and practice has been sharpened by its reading."--PsycCRITIQUES
"This is a great book that fills a much needed void in the psychological and legal literature. A timely and scholarly piece, it is a well written work that provides critical information for anyone interested in the area."---- Edward J. Hickling, Psy.D., Center for Stress and Anxiety Disorders, SUNY-Albany Capital Psychological Associates, Albany, NY
"Dr. William J. Koch and colleagues have successfully produced a superbly comprehensive yet practical book about psychological trauma, its legal implications, and clinical practice ramifications. This outstanding work should be required reading for any practitioner involved in forensically oriented work, or for those who treat posttraumatic stress disorder and similar conditions. In an increasingly litigious world, practitioners need more and better resources to inform, guide, and justify their activities; Psychological Injuries: Forensic Assessment, Treatment, and Law will probide clear, concise, and thorough direction to anyone involved in this kind of work. Kudos to Koch and colleagues for providing both a timely and unique resource, which will no doubt become the new standard for excellence by integrating clinical research, legal-medical issues, and practice."----Johan Rosqvist, Psy.D., Solutions for Anxiety Clinic, Pacific University
"Essential reading for any lawyer handling cases involving psychological injuries. This book not only outlines the development and explains the research underpining the medical issues, but tracks the legal developments and challenges facing counsel. I came away better armed to advise clients, prepare expert witnesses and present my case."----Stephen McPhee, Trial Lawyer, British Columbia, Canada
"A landmark volume that provides a thoughtful and lucid discussion of issues related to psychological injury. Topics covered range from historical origins to the political and scientific issues that shape our current views of psychological disorders in a medical-legal context. The authors provide a number of savy clinical insights that reflect a wealth of clinical and legal experience. The comprehensive coverage of the research literature alone is worth the price of the volume. This well written and important book should be required reading for all legal and health care professionals."----Lynn Alden, Associate Dean & Professor, Department of Psychology, University of British Colombia, Vancouver, British Colombia, Canada
About the Authors:
William Koch is a Clinical and Forensic Psychologist whose practice and research interests involve psychological injuries. He lives in West Vancouver, British Columbia, and has appointments at both the University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University.
Kevin Douglas is on faculty at Simon Fraser University. He has a PhD in clinical-forensic psychology, as well as a law degree. His research interests and professional activities focus on forensic assessment, and he has published 40+ chapters and articles within this area.
Tonia Nicholls is a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Post Doctoral Fellow with the Department of Psychiatry, University of British Columbia and the British Columbia Institute Against Family Violence. Her research and publications address issues of relevance to women and violence including, abuse in intimate relationships, violence risk assessments with mentally disordered women, psychopathy, and women in conflict with the law.
Melanie O'Neill is University College Professor at Malaspina University College in Nanimo, British Columbia. Her clinical and research interests focus on developing and refining treatments for anxiety disorders including posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). She maintains a small private practice that focuses exclusively on proving evidence based therapy for the anxiety disorders with individuals of all ages.