Involuntary Mental Health Treatment

Training Description

This is a training that will help mental health providers to better understand what happens when they have a client in crisis who needs mental health services through the involuntary treatment court system. The training will review the process and grounds for involuntary treatment and the impacts of involuntary treatment on mental health recovery.

Length of Training
3 hours
Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
Objectives of Training
Attendees will learn criteria for involuntary treatment including the need for a nexus between a mental health condition and issues of risk
Attendees will learn the clinical indications for involuntary treatment in emergency services and inpatient settings
Attendees will learn circumstances in which referral for involuntary treatment or continued involuntary treatment may be counterproductive
Attendees will learn about the rights that a Veteran patient maintain as an involuntary patient
Attendees will learn about the challenges and potential benefits of court-ordered outpatient treatment
Please describe how it relates or focuses on veterans

Veteran Centric: related to Veterans who require crisis stabilization through involuntary treatment at the Seattle VA and other local hospitals.

Training Platform
Sources Cited
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  • Szmukler, G. (2018). Men in White Coats. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • McGarvey, Elizabeth Lloyd, Leon-Verdin, MaGuadalupe, Wanchek, Tanya Nicole, & Bonnie, Richard J. (2013). Decisions to Initiate Involuntary Commitment: The Role of Intensive Community Services and Other Factors. Psychiatric Services (Washington, D.C.), 64(2), 120-126.
  • Lorant, Vincent, Depuydt, Caroline, Gillain, Benoit, Guillet, Alain, & Dubois, Vincent. (2007). Involuntary commitment in psychiatric care: What drives the decision? Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 42(5), 360-365.