Volume 32, Issue 2 (March 1987)
The Treating Psychiatrist as Forensic Evaluator in Release Decisions
In a previous paper, the author argued that clinicians who perform initial forensic evaluations might be better able to assume subsequent treating relationships with those they have evaluated than independent evaluators. In this paper, the author discusses the problems involved when clinicians who have established treatment relations with patients are then called upon to testify in release hearings. He concludes that the conflicts potentially are more significant in this situation, and that treating clinicians should not evaluate their patients for release.