Humane forensic practice serves social justice
Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law
© 2018, American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law. All rights reserved. In response to a call for revision of the current procedures for involuntary treatment in Massachusetts, this commentary explores the ethics basis for such institutional reform. In the decades since the landmark Rogers v. Commissioner decision of 1983, the ethics foundation for forensic psychiatry has evolved from a purist approach that prioritized legal values above therapeutic ones. Building on systemic approaches by Gutheil et al. and Ciccone and Clements, Candilis and Martinez, for example, have argued that a robust professional ethic requires moving beyond the strict role theory of the adversarial system to consider broader approaches that integrate multiple perspectives: the ultimate goal is protection of vulnerable people and ideas. In this commentary, we suggest that the current system for involuntary treatment does not protect the vulnerable people it ought to serve, failing the neglected goal of social justice.
Weissman, A., & Candilis, P. (2018). Humane forensic practice serves social justice. Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, 46 (4). http://dx.doi.org/10.29158/JAAPL.003796-18