Contemporary Issues in Forensic Psychology: Montreal

Montreal, QC
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
American Academy of Forensic Psychology
Continuing Education Programs

Contemporary Issues in Forensic Psychology
Montreal, Canada
 March 25 - March 29, 2009



(7 hrs of CE for each workshop)

Ethical Issues in Forensic Practice

Wednesday March 25 (8:30 A.M. - 4:30 P.M.)

Alan Goldstein, Ph.D., ABPP

This workshop explores how to apply APA ethical principles and guidelines to conflicts that psychologists encounter when working as forensic practitioners. Topics include: competence to practice; confidentiality; roles of the expert; identifying who the client is; forensic assessment issues; responding to subpoenas and other requests for data; and, ultimate opinion testimony. An emphasis is placed on reducing the likelihood of ethics complaints and malpractice actions.

Dr. Goldstein is on the faculty of John Jay College of Criminal Justice, he serves on the American Board of Forensic Psychology and he co-chairs the CE program of the American Academy of Forensic Psychology. He is editor of Forensic Psychology (2003) and Forensic Psychology: Emerging Topics and Expanding Roles (2007), both published by John Wiley & Sons.


Assessing Violence Risk in Youth

Thursday, March 26 (8:30 A.M. - 4:30 P.M.) 

Randy Borum, Psy.D., ABPP

This workshop outlines a conceptual model for understanding and assessing violence risk in adolescents. It describes trends in youth violence, developmental issues as they affect violence, violence risk factors, clinical assessment and decision making. Instruments for assessing risk in youth-including the Structured Assessment of Violence Risk in Youth (SAVRY), are also presented.

Dr. Borum is Professor in the Department of Metal Health Law & Policy at the University of South Florida. He is a board certified forensic psychologist-ABPP, Past-President of the American Academy of Forensic Psychology and primary author of the Structured Assessment of violence Risk in Youth.


Practical Legal Research Techniques for Forensic Psychologists

Thursday, March 26 (8:45 A.M. - 4:45 P.M.)

Alexander Greer, J.D.

This workshop teaches psychologists how to conduct legal research so they can find the law that impacts and shapes their forensic practice. Participants learn how to locate case and statutory law, comprehend court decisions, identify and understand regulatory materials and use the Westlaw legal research system. This workshop addresses United States legal research only.

Mr. Greer is the Executive Director of the Ontario Mental Health Foundation. He previously served as Assistant Dean of Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, Associate Professor of Law and Psychiatry at the University of Toronto and Assistant Professor of Law and Psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.


Getting Started in Forensic Psychology Practice:
Ethically, Expeditiously and Profitably

Friday, March 27 (8:30 A.M. - 4:30 P.M.)

Eric Mart, Ph.D., ABFP

This workshop is designed for experienced psychologists who want to develop a forensic practice or expand the one they already have. Emphasis is placed on concrete, nuts and bolts aspects of forensic practice, from how to develop, refine and highlight skills that are integral to forensic work, to generating and managing referrals in an ethical, competent and defensible manner.

Dr. Mart, a licensed psychologist and board certified forensic psychologist-American Board of Professional Psychology, is in private practice in new Hampshire. He is the author of Getting Started in Forensic Psychology Practice, Munchausen's Syndrome by Proxy Reconsidered and The Issue-Focused Forensic Child Custody Assessment.



The MMPI-2-RF (Restructures Form): An Introduction for Forensic Psychologists

Friday, March 27 (8:45 A.M. - 4:45 P.M.)

Yossef Ben-Porath, Ph.D.

This workshop introduces the new, 338-item version of the MMPI-2 (the MMPI-2-RF). Topics include the rationale for, and methods used to develop the instrument, the various materials available to score and interpret the test, psychometric functioning of the MMPI-2-RF scales and interpretive recommendations. Special considerations when using the test in forensic evaluations are discussed and case examples are reviewed.

Dr. Ben-Porath, a faculty member at Kent State University, is a co-developer of the MMPI-2-RF and co-author of the MMPI-2 and MMPI-A manuals and the monograph that introduced the MMPI-2 Restructured Clinical (RC) Scales. Dr. Ben-Porath is editor of the journal Assessment and maintains an active forensic assessment practice.


Stalking: The State of the Science

Saturday, March 28 (8:30 A.M. - 4:30 P.M.)

Reid Meloy, Ph.D., ABPP

This workshop considers what is known about stalking - an old behavior, but a new crime. Demographics, clinical findings, motivational and pursuit patterns, violence, threatening communications and other characteristics are explored in both public figures and private domain contexts. Violence risk assessment and management are illustrated using case studies.

Dr. Meloy is board certified in forensic psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology and is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California-San Diego. He is author of eight books including, Violent Attachemnts (1992), The Psychology of Stalking: Clinical and Forensic Perspectives (1998), The Scientific Pursuit of Stalking(2006) and Stalking, Threatening and Attacking Public Figures (2008).


Evaluating Parents in child Protection Cases

Saturday, March 28 (8:45 A.M. - 4:45 P.M.)

Karen S. Budd, Ph.D.

This introductory workshop will discuss how to conduct evaluations of parents in child protection cases. Topics include an orientation to tenets of forensic assessment pertinent to assessing parents, a functional model of assessing parenting capacity in a child protection context, useful ways to applying the model to clinical cases, methods of interviewing and examining parents and writing reports and formulating recommendations based on evaluation findings.

Karen S. Budd is Professor of Psychology and director of the Parent-Child Interaction Therapy Program at DePaul University. She has directed a demonstration and research project at Cook county Juvenile court on assessing parenting capacity. She serves on the APA Committee on Children, Youth and Families and was a Fulbright Senior Scholar in the Czech Republic.


Psychological Independent Medical Examinations in Disability Matters

Sunday, March 29 (8:30 A.M. - 4:30 P.M.)

Lisa Piechowski, Ph.D., ABPP

This workshop prepares participants to perform psychological IMEs for insurance companies and attorneys in disability insurance matters. Topics include ethical considerations, components of the examination, source of data, assessing effort and validity, use and selection of psychological tests, report writing, legal contours of disability and relations with referral sources.

Dr. Piechowski is board certified in forensic psychology by the American Board of Forensic Psychology. She is in independent practice in connecticut and specializes in issues related to disability,workers' compensation, employment matters, personal injury and family law in addition to performing evaluations, she consults with insurers, attorneys and employers.


Clinical and Forensic Applications of the Psycholpathy Checklist: Youth Version

Sunday, March 29 (8:45 A.M. - 4:45 P.M.)

Adelle Forth, Ph.D.

This workshop reviews research examining psychopathic processes in youth, and development and use of the Psychopathy Checklist: Youth Version (PCL: YV). Topics include: conceptual issues related to psychopathy and its assessement, psychopathy as a risk factor for offending and recidivism, the structural properties of the PCL :YV, and use of the PCL :YV in clinical and forensic contexts.

Dr. Forth is an Associate Professor at the Depratment of Psychology at Carleton university in Ottawa and is the senior author of the Hare Psychopathy Checklist: Youth Version and is co-author of the Structural Assessment of violence Risk in Youth. She has consulted with the royal Canadian Mounted Police, the National Parole Board and Her Majesty's Prison Service.


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    Alan Goldstein, PhD, ABPP
    American Academy of Forensic Psychology
    13 Arden Drive
    Hartsdale, NY 10530

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