Teaching Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology in Europe

  • Sheila Howitt
  • Lindsay ThomsonEmail author


Although the roles and practice of forensic psychiatrists and forensic psychologists vary across Europe, there are commonalities in the knowledge and skills required. This chapter will outline the routes to practising in these professions and the components of training. Key teaching themes including mental health legislation, risk assessment and management, professionalism and ethics and expert witness training will be explored. The role of European initiatives in education and training will also be discussed.

This chapter will go on to describe a range of teaching methods and consider how each may be optimally utilised within the field of forensic mental health. Finally, the role of forensic mental practitioners in reducing mental health stigma and in promoting careers in the field will be considered.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The State HospitalLanarkUK
  2. 2.Division of PsychiatryUniversity of Edinburgh, Kennedy TowerEdinburghUK

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