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Forensic Scholars TodayVolume 4, Issue 2

Opioids: A Brief Review

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Opioids: Opioids have beneficial uses but come with a wide range of side effects and, when used for an extended period of time, the potential for dependence and risk of serious harm. Learn more. View online or by PDF.

Rule 82 Problem Gambling Assessment: A Brief Review

Rule 82 Problem Gambling Assessment: Minnesota implemented Rule 82 to diagnose and assist individuals impacted by compulsive gambling. The assessment helps individuals diagnosed with problem gambling recognize and ultimately address their gambling problem through treatment. Learn more. View online or by PDF.

Theory of Mind (ToM): An Advanced Overview with Implications for Criminal Justice, Forensic Mental Health, and Legal Professionals

Theory of Mind (ToM): ToM is the ability to recognize mental states in oneself and others while recognizing that these mental states can vary in people. Deficits with this skill can have an impact on mental health and involvement in the criminal justice system. Learn more. View online or by PDF.

Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS): A Need for Greater Awareness, Education, and Understanding Among Criminal Justice and Forensic Mental Health Professionals

Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS): NAS occurs in babies who are exposed to opioids while in the womb. As a result, babies are born addicted to any substances the mother consumed during her pregnancy, which leads to withdrawal symptoms. Learn more. View online or by PDF.

Testifying in Court: An Introduction for Mental Health Professionals

Testifying in Court: Mental health professionals can be asked or subpoenaed to testify in court, but they often lack the forensic and legal education to understand certain expectations and objections. This article explores how to prepare and provide testimony for legal proceedings. Learn more. View online or by PDF.

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and Sexually Inappropriate Behaviors: A Guide for Criminal Justice and Forensic Mental Health Professionals

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and Sexually Inappropriate Behaviors: Individuals with FASD may not receive adequate treatment, and they can struggle with issues like controlling one’s impulses and understanding social boundaries. This article examines FASD and sexual misconduct, serving as a guide for criminal justice and forensic mental health professionals. Learn more. View online or by PDF.