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Chapter 10 - Forensic Psychiatry

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  07 October 2022

Christopher C. H. Cook
Institute for Medical Humanities, Durham University
Andrew Powell
Formerly Warneford Hospital and University of Oxford
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This chapter discusses how issues of spirituality present in forensic psychiatric practice, and especially in the treatment of offenders with mental health disorders. The context of the work of forensic psychiatric services is described. Then three domains of forensic psychiatric practice (the medico-legal, secure psychiatric care and existential forensic psychiatry) are explored, and the ways in which issues of spirituality arise are considered. The chapter concludes with some comments about the importance of the forensic psychiatrist keeping an open mind that can change, in order that his or her patients may experience change. The work draws on the author’s experience of forensic and prison services in England and Wales; prisoners are referred to mainly as ‘he’ because the majority of both offenders and prisoners are male.

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Print publication year: 2022

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