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Training in forensic psychiatry when no nationally recognised scheme exists.
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PMID:  23015387     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: In some European countries, forensic psychiatric training is formalised within a psychiatric framework. In others, the approach is radically different, but the end result may be a practitioner who is qualified to practise forensic psychiatry in all European jusrisdictions.
AIM: The aim of this study is to describe the context of training to work with offender-patients in Spain.
INFORMATION AND DISCUSSION: There is no nationally recognised training scheme in forensic psychiatry in Spain but rather a dichotomy between legal doctors, trained to assess offenders and provide reports for the courts but not necessarily in psychiatry, and psychiatrists, trained in clinical management and treatment but not necessarily in relation to offender patients. This dichotomy arose as training pathways diverged historically, legal medicine being the older discipline. In this system, the courts are always assured of an independent medical opinion, although treating psychiatrists would generally advise on release decisions. Almost all offender-patient treatment is in prisons. The system is heavily dependent on the goodwill and drive of practitioners who seek to provide themselves with dual skills in the absence of national guidance and support for such training.
Esperanza L Gómez-Durán; Leticia Muñoz García-Largo
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Criminal behaviour and mental health : CBMH     Volume:  22     ISSN:  1471-2857     ISO Abbreviation:  Crim Behav Ment Health     Publication Date:  2012 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-09-27     Completed Date:  2013-02-25     Revised Date:  2013-07-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9309668     Medline TA:  Crim Behav Ment Health     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  257-60     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Copyright © 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Fundació Sociosanitària de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain.
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MeSH Terms
Criminals / psychology
Forensic Psychiatry / education*
Mental Disorders / psychology,  therapy*
Psychotherapy / education

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