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Forensic psychiatry in Europe: The perspective of the Ghent Group

Nedopil, Norbert, Taylor, Pamela Jane and Gunn, John 2014. Forensic psychiatry in Europe: The perspective of the Ghent Group. International Journal of Psychiatry in Clinical Practice 19 (2) , pp. 80-83. 10.3109/13651501.2014.967700

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OBJECTIVE: The Ghent Group was established in 2004 as a forum for forensic psychiatrists from different countries in Europe in order to bridge the gaps in knowledge, experience, practice and care which exist between them due to their different legal traditions and constitutions in dealing with people having mental disorders who come into conflict with the law. METHODS: The Ghent Group considers itself as a loosely organised think tank to which all interested and invited professionals can contribute without statutory restraints. Its aim is to facilitate communication with mentally disordered offenders appearing in court, to understand the procedures of our neighbouring countries and to find common ground between clinicians. RESULTS: The major focus of the Ghent Group is on teaching and training both at a national level, where one can learn about the methods of training from each other, and at a European level. The group of trainees from different countries experiment in seminars in solving medico-legal cases considering European Human Rights issues and their respective national procedures and institutions. CONCLUSIONS: This helps not only to understand the differences between the national medico-legal procedures but also to deepen the understanding of the principles and practice in one's own country.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
MRC Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics (CNGG)
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Publisher: Informa Healthcare
ISSN: 1365-1501
Date of Acceptance: 16 September 2014
Last Modified: 31 May 2019 09:25

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