Introduction.-Taking the High Road: Ethics and Practice in Employment Evaluations.-Employment Evaluations and the Law.-Why We Work: Psychological Meaning and Effects.-Psychiatric Disorders, Functional Impairment, and the Workplace.-Psychiatric Disability: A Model for Assessment.-Practice Guidelines for Mental Health Disability Evaluations in the Workplace.-The Maze of Disability Benefit Programs: Social Security Disability, Workers' Compensation, and Private Disability Insurance.-Working with Disabilities: The Americans with Disabilities Act.-Fitness-for-Duty Evaluations.-Conclusion.-Appendix I: The American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law: Ethics Guidelines for the Practice of Forensic Psychiatry, 2005.-Appendix II: The American Psychology-Law Society, Committee on Ethical Guidelines of Division 41 of the American Psychological Association and the American Academy of Forensic Psychology: Specialty Guidelines for Forensic Psychologists, 1991.-Appendix III: The Disability Report.-References.-Legal citations
As many as one in four adults in the workforce will suffer from psychiatric illness in a given year. Such illness can have serious consequences -- job loss, lawsuits, workplace violence-yet the effects of mental health issues on job functioning are rarely covered in clinical training. In addition, clinicians are often asked to provide opinions on an employee's fitness for work or an evaluation for disability benefits, only to find themselves embroiled in complex legal and administrative conflicts. A unique collaboration between a renowned clinical professor of psychiatry and a noted legal expert, Evaluating Mental Health Disability in the Workplace approaches the topic from two distinct areas: the legal context and issues relevant to disability and disability-related evaluations, and the interplay of factors in the relationship between work and psychiatric illness. From this dual perspective, the authors advocate for higher professional standards ensuring that employers, evaluees, or third parties are provided with the most reliable information.
Key features of the book:
- A robust assessment model of psychological disability in the workplace
- Practice guidelines for conducting workplace mental health disability evaluations
- Legal and ethical aspects of employment evaluations, especially as they differ from clinical procedure
- Examination of the process of psychiatric disability development
- Issues specific to evaluations for Social Security, Workers' Compensation, and other disability benefit programs
- Review of relevant administrative and case law.
As an introduction to these complex issues or for the further improvement of evaluation skills, Evaluating Mental Health Disability in the Workplace is a timely reference for psychiatrists, psychologists, forensic mental health specialists, and attorneys in this field.
Subject matter that is not often simultaneously reviewed or reviewed in-depth in terms of both psychiatric and legal context
Reviews empirical data regarding the relationships between specific psychiatric disorders and associated functional impairments that may result in workplace disabilities
Unique collaboration between an experienced and award winning legal scholar and psychiatrist which provides a new perspective on some of the most common evaluations that arise in both clinical and forensic practice
Offers general and specific guidelines of each type of evaluation as well as reviews of relevant case, statutory and administrative law, regarding each type of evaluation
Takes on the task of educating mental health professionals and attorneys regarding the legal and clinical standards relevant to a variety of employment related issues such as protection for individuals with severe mental disorders