Psychology and the Law: Institutionalization and Therapist's Duty-to-Warn


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Forensic psychology involves _____.

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1. Civil commitment occurs _____.

2. When a person pleads not guilty by reason of insanity, they are likely to be _____.

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About this Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and corresponding worksheet gauge your understanding of the obligations therapists have to the law when a client is threatening the wellbeing of himself/herself or others.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these assessment tools to assess your knowledge of:

  • Institutionalization
  • Types of institutionalization for a person who has not yet committed a crime
  • What happens when a person pleads not guilty by reason of insanity
  • The balance the mental health profession must have
  • Exception to confidentiality

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension- ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on therapist obligations
  • Information recall- access the knowledge you've gained regarding the balance mental health professionals must have when it comes to clients and public safety
  • Distinguishing differences- compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as civil commitment and criminally committed

Additional Learning

Read the related lesson called Psychology and the Law: Institutionalization and Therapist's Duty-to-Warn. The lesson helps you:

  • Identify what forensic psychology is
  • Review the different types of institutionalization that can be carried out such as civil commitment and criminal commitment
  • Recall the balance therapist's must have in terms of protecting a client's confidentiality and also protecting the wellbeing on the public