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Useful (or entertaining) Resources
(I can't vouch for all these websites and resources, but many are worth a look.)

If you would like a link, please be aware that (1) I almost never accept commercial links unless I know you personally; (2) links I find distasteful or misleading links are not accepted; (3) I will not accept your link without examining its target website, and (4) I do not accept paid links or those that promise to increased my site traffic. If readers believe a link is inappropriate, or have a bad experience with the linked site, they may let me know by emailing here.

Patient & Family Support Groups/Organizations (local & national; all believed reliable)
Forensic Psychiatry & Mental Health, friends in the field
Clinical Psychiatry & Mental Health
Education, Research, Student Resources
Non-Mental-Health Forensic
Lawyer Stuff
Fun or Important Stuff With Absolutely Nothing to Do With Mental Illness (might be good for you)

Consider Dr. Reid's new Guttmacher-Award-winning book,

Developing a
Forensic Practice

Operations and Ethics for Experts

New York: Routledge Mental Health (Taylor & Francis)

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Patient & Family Support Groups/Organizations (local & national; all believed reliable)

The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA, formerly DMDA, and its chapters & local groups) offers direct, local help to patients from recovering patients themselves. Local DMDA groups are frequently recommended by clinicians to help patients and their families understand practical aspects of depression and bipolar ("manic depressive") disorders, experience positive role models from volunteers with personal mental illness experience, and work with their treating professionals (especially their psychiatrists). There are DBSA chapters and support groups in most US cities and many rural areas.

The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, (NAMI and state/local chapters) provides advice and support for the families of people with serious mental illness and is a very strong political advocate for patients, their families, and access to quality mental health care. Each U.S. state has a NAMI chapter, which in turn supports local NAMI groups in virtually every U.S. city.

Mental Health America (formerly the National Mental Health Association (NMHA and state affiliates) is the oldest national mental health advocacy organization in the U.S., with chapters in every state. It provides powerful political advocacy and grant funding to support public awareness and access to care.

(Note that the national websites for the organizations above list contact information for most or all of their various state and local affiliates.)

If you represent a state or local mental health patient support organization which does not charge patients for its services and is not directly affiliated with any for-profit product or service, I am happy to consider including your organization on this page. Space limitations prevent me from listing small groups. Email me with your request. Please identify your request in the subject line and include a concise description and contact information. Legitimate chapters of DBSA, NAMI, or NMHA will ordinarily be included upon request. Other groups or organizations must be able to show they are legitimate organizations which offer direct patient support and encourage participation in appropriate psychiatric or psychological care. I will not knowingly post links to groups or organizations that lack legitimacy and reliability, or that appear to exist largely to protest or undermine established psychiatric/psychological principles. If any reader is aware that any link promotes such an organization, or otherwise has a complaint about an entity linked on this page, please let me know.

National Depression & Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA)

National Alliance for the Mentally Ill NOTE: State and local NAMI chapters are often at NAMInameofstate.org (e.g., NAMITexas.org) or NAMInameofcity.org. (e.g., NAMIDallas.org)

National Mental Health Association is now Mental Health America NOTE: State and local chapters are usually at MHAnameofstate.net (e.g., MHATexas.net) or MHAnameofcity.net (e.g., MHAHouston.net)

 

Forensic Psychiatry & Mental Health, Training, & friends in the field

American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law (including information about the AAPL Journal and Newsletter)
American Psychology-Law Society (Division 41 of the American Psychological Association; publications, newsletters, academics, student section)
Behavioral Sciences and the Law, a multidisciplinary professional journal, (212) 850-6645.
Steve Berger, M.D., forensic psychiatrist
Dr. Dev Chacko's forensic psychiatry website
Dr. Brian Crowley's clinical and forensic services website (Washington, DC, psychiatrist with very good credentials and a fine beard)
The Forensic Science Portal (Canadian site with topics and links about many forensic sciences - may not work in Netscape)
Forensis (Dr. J. Reid Meloy's website on criminality, violence, and psychology/psychiatry)
Law, Ethics, and Psychotherapy (Dr. Reid's Behavior.net forum, one of many interesting Behavior Online forums)
MacArthur Research Network on Mental Health and the Law (Important studies of violence risk and competence in mentally disordered persons)
Mental Health Law Reporter
Monthly Updates in Mental Health Law (Great email update resource, called e-DMHL, from the University of Virginia Institute of Law, Psychiatry, and Public Policy, compiled by Thomas L. Hafemeister, JD, PhD)
National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) (links, abstracts, & full-text publications on criminal justice & jail/prison mental health topics)

Dr. Stephen Herman's child forensic psychiatry website and adult and child psychiatry blog

 

Clinical Psychiatry & Mental Health

American Association of Psychiatric Administrators
American Psychiatric Association
Behavior Online (Forum list & Home Page; Lots of interesting fora.) Offline as of early July, 2004, but due to return soon with new, improved software)
Dr. Ken Arfa's Houston Psychiatry website (Nice guy, very good psychiatrist)
Journal of Psychiatric Practice (clinical studies and papers, practical and educational columns, etc.)
Lippincott professional journals, including mental health publications. NOTE the many LWW Discount Coupons available HERE.
Psychiatry.Com (Dr. Mark Hauser's broad group of links to resources in psychiatry and mental retardation)
Dotpsychology (A reputable, very broad mental health professional link site)
The Stress Spot (A resource with links about just about any kind of stress one can imagine)
 

Education, Research, Student Resources

Schreiner University in Kerrville, Texas, is a small liberal arts university with undergraduate and graduate degrees, several very good pre-professional programs (pre-med, pre-vet, pre-law), a fine BSN program, an online RN-to-BSN program, fine and performing arts, and much more. Small classes, excellent faculty, individual attention (and great food!). Our motto is "Learning by Heart." Dr. Reid is a member of the Board of Trustees.
http://nursingschool.org/nursing-careers/specialties/forensics/ is a subpage of a nursing career & training website sent to me in March, 2012, by Mrs. McVey's fifth-grade class. With that pedigree, it must be good!
Parliament Tutors is one avenue for increasing knowledge and understanding, and making higher grades, to help attain the educational goals one desires (including admission to quality colleges, graduate programs, and professional schools).
Duke University Program on Psychiatric Advance Directives (Information, toolkits, and resources on advance directives and health care agents). Check their mental health Services Effectiveness Research Program, too.
Monthly Updates in Mental Health Law (Great email update resource, called e-DMHL, from the University of Virginia Institute of Law, Psychiatry, and Public Policy)
Writing a term paper or researching a case? Check out the National Library of Medicine, the largest medical library in the world. Use its simple, fast online search program at http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi.
Dr. Chris Stout's Center for Global Initiatives (Dr. Stout is an outstanding psychologist/humanitarian and admitted left-wing activist who tolerates my conservative bent when we work together.)
 

Non-Mental-Health Forensic

Forensic Geology (Info and consultation in civil matters, law enforcement, and even maps and high-altitude photos for homeland security)
Paladin International, LLC (Private corporate security, international worksite protection, crisis management, negotiation. These guys are good.)
 

Lawyer Stuff

FindLaw's legal & expert services
LawCrawler
National District Attorneys Association (case information from the prosecutor's viewpoint)
Scott Carpenter's criminal law resources (TnCrimLaw)
Texas Lawyers Center Online (Regional law firms, research; also Louisiana Lawyers Center Online)
Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct
 

Fun or Important Stuff -- Nothing to do with mental illness (but might be good for you)

Support-a-Soldier. Direct support for active duty U.S. military and their families, Yes, you can donate, but it's important to visit even if you don't.
Lucile Reid Brock's Texas Watercolorist Website. It's not forensic, but she was my mom. Peruse her paintings & look at her books on old Taos, NM, and being a medical school wife in the 1940s. And read her hilarious poem, "Lament to the Wife of a Psychiatrist" on this page. (Click on the title; it's worth it.)
Fewer Sorrows Music. Sometimes you just have to get the heck out of Dodge.
AllMusic.com. Look up almost any musician and view his/her credits.
Minnesota Fine Artist Website. Excellent paintings, reasonable prices, and I don't get a percentage.
ArtThatMakesYouLaugh. Artist friend in the tradition of Charles Bragg. Special section for lawyers & shrinks.
Anglers All. The best fly fishing and guide shop in Colorado (or anywhere else, for that matter).
Heart O' the Hills camp for girls and Camp Stewart for Boys are two healthy, hearty kids' camps that have been a Texas Hill Country tradition for generations (over 80 years for Camp Stewart). Help your children join the legacy of fun and foundation for life that a top-quality summer camp can provide.
Corkins Lodge. An outstanding trout fishing retreat in northern New Mexico (where one of the few photos on this website was taken -- see if you can find it). Don't go if you want telephone and TV. Do go if you want friendly staff, a couple of bears, and private access to lots of beautiful stream fishing.
Horse lovers who oppose U.S. horse slaughter for meat, check out this site that highlights some despicable tricks by slaughterhouse buyers at saddle-horse auctions (especially in Texas). If you are selling a horse at auction, be sure you're not selling it to someone who's going to kill it. (O.K.; it's not "fun stuff," but it's important.)
Tonkawood Farm. Wanna buy a horse, or donate one for rescue or rehab? These friends of mine in central Texas match their horses to customers' individual saddle horse needs, and specialilze in working with both horses and kids who need help. If the name sounds familliar, you probably remember their farm and youth work in Minnesota.

  

If you are a legal or judicial professional and wish to discuss a forensic psychiatry matter, please contact

William H. Reid, M.D., M.P.H.
P.O. Box 4015
Horseshoe Bay, TX 78657
(830) 596-0062 (voice), (830) 596-9047 (fax)
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