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Submit a Manuscript to the Journal
International Journal of Forensic Mental Health

For a Special Issue on
Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Forensic Mental Health Services

Manuscript deadline
31 May 2022

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Special Issue Editor(s)

AliciaNijdam-Jones, University of Manitoba
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Lauren Kois, The University of Alabama
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Stephane Shepherd, Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science, Swinburne University of Technology
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Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Forensic Mental Health Services

Optimising outcomes in forensic mental health services requires fair, inclusive, responsive, and respectful practices. Unfortunately, most services are founded on knowledge derived from research where diversity and inclusion were overlooked or disregarded and furthermore, this research has mostly originated from Western countries. The extent to which knowledge and practices relevant to medico-legal decision making and assessment, treatment, and management of forensic mental health services are inclusive, fair, and respectful of diversity requires scrutiny. This is important so that unfair and discriminatory practices are avoided, that services are equitably offered and developed collaboratively, and that legal decisions are just and free from bias

In this special issue for the International Journal of Forensic Mental Health we would like to draw attention to ways in which forensic mental health services can become more inclusive, fair, and responsive. We welcome original research and systematic reviews/meta-analyses and invite authors to explore relevant questions and describe inclusive, equitable and responsive practice initiatives that may help improve forensic mental health services around the world. We note that diversity encompasses various personal characteristics and socio-cultural factors reflecting but not limited to culture, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, age, developmental and acquired disability, socioeconomic status, religion, Indigenous heritage, and national origin.

The International Journal of Forensic Mental Health is committed to equity and diversity and especially welcomes submissions from women, racialized persons, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, persons of all sexual and gender identities, and others who may contribute to the generation and diversification of ideas. We also draw attention to the fact that we are an international journal so manuscripts should consider the generalizability, across countries and jurisdictions, of their work.

Submission Instructions

Suggested topics for manuscripts include, but are not limited to:

  • Why equity, diversity and inclusion matters, and the impacts of their neglect.
  • The experiences and perspectives of diverse groups of people when interacting with forensic mental health systems.
  • Innovative solutions to ensure culturally informed, safe, and competent decisions to medico-legal decision making.
  • Treatment and management practices and whether they are effective in improving engagement, equity, and diversity, and consideration of whether rehabilitation and treatment methods developed in Western countries are appropriate in other countries or for all people in Western countries.
  • Assessment¬†and measurement (including risk assessment) instruments and procedures, interpretation, case formulation and treatment planning practices and their applicability to diverse populations.
  • Education and employment, the experience of all students and staff in educational settings and in the workplace, and systemic actions taken to ensure equity, responsivity and inclusion in relevant educational settings and workplaces.
  • The role of the research system in contributing to participation and generating useful knowledge to ensure equity, respect of diversity, and inclusion. In this area we are particularly interested in how forensic mental health services have developed and evaluated the provision of effective culturally competent, inclusive care.
  • The cross-cultural relevance and appropriateness of Western research methods on non-Western forensic mental health populations.

Positionality statement. We invite, but do not require, authors to submit a positionality statement that articulates their relationship to their research. This can be included on the final page of text, after the Discussion/Conclusion and prior to the Reference list.

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