Discusses forensic psychiatry, explaining the science of forensic psychiatry by describing evidence-based forensic psychiatry and making the distinction between therapeutic and forensic psychiatry assessments. The role of the forensic psychiatrist in criminal cases is also discussed, focusing on the criminal responsibility assessments and violence risk assessments that forensic psychiatry may provide. Legal context is given, as well.
Hy Bloom, BA, LLB, MD, FRCPC, is a forensic psychiatrist and lawyer who assesses individuals whose psychological and emotional states, motivations, or behaviours are of potential relevance in criminal, civil, professional, regulatory, or employment matters. He is a CEO of workplace.calm inc., consultants in workplace conflict and violence prevention and management, and a founding associate of the PSILEX Group, consultants in behavioural sciences and the law. He is also a part-time staff member in the Complex Mental Illness Program at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, an assistant professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto, an assistant clinical professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences at McMaster University, and adjunct faculty at University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law. Dr. Bloom is a psychiatric member and alternate chair on both the Ontario and Nunavut review boards. He has spoken and published extensively on a number of topics in psychiatry and the law. Information about his various books and other publications can be accessed at www.workplace.calm.to.