A Practical Guide to Forensic Mental Health Consultation through Aphorisms and Caveats

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Daniel P. Greenfield, MD, MPH, MS, FASAM
©2022, 76 pages

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    Imbued with humility, humanity, and humor, A Practical Guide to Forensic Mental Health Consultation through Aphorisms and Caveats equips future and practicing forensic mental health consultants with valuable insights “from the trenches.” The book employs pithy observations, conditions, and limitations to the process, as well as covering the challenges and opportunities intrinsic to a forensic mental health consulting practice.

    The nine chapters of the book follow the flow of the consulting forensic mental health process. The chapters feature a collection of aphorisms and caveats that frame and complement the discussion of each step in the process, from engaging with a potential consultee to preparing an effective report to testifying in court to collecting professional fees. Presented in a succinct and approachable way, the book is designed to help professionals avoid some of the inevitable pitfalls and land mines that might occur in a forensic mental health consulting practice.

    Brief, valuable, and minimally technical, A Practical Guide to Forensic Mental Health Consultation through Aphorisms and Caveats is an ideal resource for new and experienced forensic experts alike.

    Daniel P. Greenfield, MD, MPH, MS, FASAM is a practicing psychiatrist, addiction medicine specialist, and preventive medicine specialist. He was educated at Oberlin College, the University of North Carolina, the University of London, Cornell University Medical Center, Rutgers University, and Harvard University. In addition to his clinical and forensic practice, Dr. Greenfield formerly taught at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine as an attending physician and at Montefiore Medical Center as Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science. He currently teaches at Seton Hall University, where he is Clinical Professor of Neuroscience (Psychiatry) at the JFK Neuroscience Institute Hackensack Meridian Health/JFK University Medical Center.
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    "I found this book to be well written, insightful, and thought-provoking. I feel more empowered and prepared regarding what’s necessary to be an expert witness, like no other textbook has shown me. I especially enjoyed the author's witty, concise, and uniquely organized format. I can understand how this book is appealing to not only legal professionals and forensic mental health experts but also to any professional expert who is considering litigation consulting."
    Melanie Russo, DMD

    "Much of Dr. Greenfield's book entitled A Practical Guide to Forensic Mental Health Consultation through Aphorisms and Caveats applies to other forensic medical examinations as well. I find Dr. Greenfield's book both insightful and entertaining. It is structured to follow the evaluation process from engagement of the expert to the collection of the fees. [...] [The] book encourages us to see advocacy in a different light. In order to be effective, the expert must advocate for the use of solid science and the application of evidence based medicine to the case. [...] I spent an interesting afternoon reading Dr. Greenfield’s latest book. It allowed me to reflect on what I am doing as a medical expert, and how to do it even better. I recommend this book to all of my fellow examiners."
    Excerpt from a review by Peter Blumenthal, M.D., M.P.H.
    Diplomate, American Board of Preventative Medicine [Occupational]
    Diplomate, American Board of Independent Medical Examiners
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    "This is a clever and witty little book that guides mental health professionals through the sometimes treacherous waters of the legal system and legal professionals through the often confusing worlds of psychiatry and psychology. They meet in the courtroom, and Dr. Greenfield explains the do's and don'ts to both sides in appealing and memorable ways."
    Herman Huber, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist, Former Chair of Psychology, College of Saint Elizabeth, Morristown, NJ

    "As an attorney who has employed expert witnesses, it is wonderful to read a book that gives me insight into the differences in approach, thought processes, and goals of an attorney and a forensic mental health professional. These differences are presented in a format that is easy to both read and understand. In fact, I think this book could be useful to an expert witness in almost any field. Get this book if you want a practical, concise guide to the world of the expert witness."
    Lorane Posner, Esq.

    "This is a well-conceived, user-friendly gem of a book that will prove to be an essential ‘how-to’ guide for mental health professionals and expert witnesses who work with lawyers in a forensic context. It’s jam-packed with practical tips and useful advice that can be applied immediately."
    Felicia T. Farber, Esq., Farber Resolutions LLC

    "As an attorney who is also an MSW, I well know the sparsity of guidance to bridge the gap of the worlds of forensic mental health and law. A Practical Guide to Forensic Mental Health Consultation by Dr. Daniel P. Greenfield helps bridge that gap. A Practical Guide is a well-thought-out, well-written, informative, entertaining, and important guidebook. Dr. Greenfield's concise book is a valuable asset to both attorneys who retain forensic mental health professionals and to the forensic mental health professionals retained. It helps both professions lower their frustration levels while working with each other more effectively. As a retired Superior Court judge wrote in the foreword, 'Read this book!'"
    Richard Friedman, Law Offices of Richard I. Friedman

    "Lawyers and their experts truly come from different worlds. This concise, well-written, easy-to-understand book is helpful to any professional who works with lawyers in a forensic context. This book bridges that gap without sacrificing depth of content. If your work touches these fields, buy this book."
    David Posner, M.A., Bussel Realty

    "As a consumer of the services of both mental health professionals and attorneys – but not being either myself – I am often amazed by how different they are and, often, by how badly they work together. Having an interest in both fields, I was impressed how this gem of a book seeks to and succeeds (in this outsider’s view) in bridging the gap between these two very different but interdependent professions. I agree with the author of the Foreword of this book (a retired Superior Court Judge himself), 'Read this book!' My congratulations to Dr. Greenfield for conceiving a well-written, entertaining, and informative gem of a book."
    Craig Rosenburg