What is the Definition of Mental Disorder?

What is the Definition of Mental Disorder?

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Course Overview

This session will examine the definition of mental disorder within the Mental Health Act 1983, as amended and is an essential introduction, or reminder to those wishing to specialise in mental health law and tribunal work.

During this bite size session lecturer Steph Barber will consider how and why the current definition was defined. Steph will also examine who determines if a person is suffering from a mental disorder and what guidance is provided for that determination.

This course will provide an invaluable insight or reminder for those in practice. The SRA standards for delivery of client services mean that “in taking instructions and during the course of the retainer, having proper regard to your client's mental capacity or other vulnerability…….”).

This means all solicitors and practitioners, irrespective of their specialist area of law should be able to demonstrate an understanding of mental health issues and how they provide a service to, for example, someone who is detained under the Mental Health Act ((Indicative Behaviour IB(1.6)) and an understanding of the basic concepts of the Mental Health Act.

What are the requirements?

  • Watch the recorded webinar and review the reference notes and optional evaluation form to test your legal knowledge.

Learning Outcomes

  • On completion of this course you will:
  • • Have considered the current definition of mental disorder in detail
  • • Be familiar with how issues such as drug and alcohol dependence and learning disabilities form part of the definition

What is the target audience?

  • Mental health practitioners



About Instructor - Steph Barber

Steph Barber completed her legal training in the North West before setting up her own specialist commercial and medical negligence law firm. She sold her firm in 2000 and joined a progressive London charity as their in house counsel. Steph joined Law Hound to head up their commercial law department and has developed Law Hound's online legal services.

Steph enjoys travel and eating out in her spare time. Steph has lectured extensively on CPD courses, to the Court Service, Legal Services Commission and private practices on procedure and practice.

Course Curriculum

Recorded Webinars

  • Webinar


  • Notes
    2 Page
  • Evaluation
    1 Page


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  • Price
  • £ 60