Ethics, Risk and Recovery

Challenges in Forensic Practice


  • Joseph Ferencz St Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton & McMaster University



Forensic psychiatry, Forensic mental health, Forensic care, Psychiatric care, Ethics, Ethical challenges, Risk, Recovery, Autonomy, Confidentiality, Conflicting role, Dual role


The practice of recovery-oriented care with individuals who have been found unfit to stand trial or not criminally responsible, and who are subject to review board dispositions, presents a variety of ethical tensions. The assessment and management of risk in a rehabilitative context raises issues related to autonomy, confidentiality and conflicting roles. Awareness of and, where possible, resolution of these conflicts is necessary for the success of the recovery paradigm in this context.


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How to Cite

Ferencz, J. (2021). Ethics, Risk and Recovery: Challenges in Forensic Practice. International Journal of Risk and Recovery, 4(1), 1–2.