What is the Definition of Mental Disorder?
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.
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