BACKGROUND: Forensic psychiatry is concerned particularly with accurate risk-assessment of offenders' future behaviour. AIM: To describe a staging and profiling system that is applicable to mentally-ill patients who have committed an offence. METHOD: The various steps in forensic psychiatric diagnosis are analysed and discussed. RESULTS: Three diagnostic steps within a treatment trajectory are described: stage 1. psychiatric diagnosis; stage 2. the course of the trajectory; stage 3. supervision (i.e. protection from danger). Each step is divided into profiles. CONCLUSION: By means of staging and profiling, the treatment plan is integrated into a dynamic model in which each stage contains a set of activities that gradually lead to unique profiles and interventions which incorporate evidence for subsequent diagnostics.

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Tijdschrift voor Psychiatrie
Erasmus MC: University Medical Center Rotterdam

van Marle, H.J.C. (2012). Staging with profiles in offence analysis: Diagnostic steps in forensic psychiatry. Tijdschrift voor Psychiatrie, 54(11), 973–978. Retrieved from