Doctoral student of clinical psychology, Arizona School of Professional Psychology, Phoenix, Arizona
Clinical Assistant Professor, The University of Arizona Health Sciences Center, Tucson, Arizona
Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, UCLA School of Medicine, Newport Beach, CA
Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, The University of Arizona Health Sciences Center, Phoenix, AZ
(Received 22 January 1999; accepted 11 March 1999)
This article addresses the value of videotape in forensic mental health evaluations. Literature reviews were conducted using Medline and PsychInfo Databases. The authors briefly describe the general use of videotape, explore the use of videotape within the legal process, respond to opposition to videotape use, discuss confidentiality and consent issues, address possible exceptions to the use of videotape, and express their unwavering support for the use of videotape during forensic evaluations. The authors also provide a detailed set of instructions designed to assist professionals with establishing their own videotaping system. The authors conclude that videotape performs an essential function in the preservation of the integrity of forensic mental health evaluations.
Paper ID: JFS14602J