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LAWS 5212. Civil Law and Psychiatry. 2 Units.

The interaction between law and psychiatry in the rights of persons with mental disabilities in the community and in treatment settings. Topics include involuntary commitment, suicide, guardianship, psychiatric malpractice, psychic damages, special education, confidentiality and child abuse and custody. Students will test the analysis of legal issues against actual experience (videotaped interviews, visit to a state mental hospital). The course is jointly taught by a psychiatrist and an attorney specializing in mental health law.