Dallas 11: Contemporary Issues in Forensic Psychology

Dallas, Texas
Wednesday, November 02, 2011
American Academy of Forensic Psychology
Continuing Education Programs

Contemporary Issues in Forensic Psychology

Hyatt Regency Dallas
300 Reunion Boulevard
Dallas, Texas

November 2- November 6, 2011



(7 hrs of CE for each workshop)

Psychopathology and Diagnostic Clarity
Wednesday, November 2 (8:30 A.M. – 4:30 P.M.)

Lois Condie, Ph.D., ABPP

This workshop reviews recent research regarding a number of emotional and behavioral disorders (thought and mood disorders, substance abuse, and psychopathy), and associated challenges in assessment and classification.  Looking ahead to changes in the DSM, the workshop updates practitioners on diagnostic validation, diversity issues, genetics/environment research, imaging technology, and the impact of mental illness on behaviors of interest to forensic practitioners.

Dr. Condie is affiliated with Children's Hospital Boston/Harvard Medical School and Brandeis University, and she serves as Director of Psychology at the Doctor Franklin Perkins School.  Dr. Condie is board certified in clinical and forensic psychology (ABPP) and pediatric neuropsychology (ABPdN). 

Advanced Topics in Criminal Forensic Evaluation
Wednesday, November 2 (8:45 A.M.– 4:45 P.M.)

Alan Goldstein, Ph.D., ABPP

Three major areas of criminal forensic psychology are considered: assessment of juveniles’ and adults’ capacity to waive Miranda rights; evaluations of mental state at the time of the offense other than insanity, including mens rea and diminished capacity defenses; and assessment of mitigating and aggravating factors in death penalty cases.  For each topic ethical issues, case law, and appropriate methodology are considered, and case examples are used.

Dr. Goldstein, a board certified forensic psychologist-ABPP, is Professor Emeritus at John Jay College of Criminal Justice-CUNY. With Tom Grisso and Kirk Heilbrun, he is co-editor of a 20 book series on best practices in forensic mental health assessment and co-author of two books in that series. 

Violence Risk Assessment
Thursday, November 3 (8:30 A.M. – 4:30 P.M.)

Daniel J. Neller, Psy.D., ABPP

This workshop provides an in-depth review of the literature relevant to risk assessment, risk management, and risk communication. Discussed in detail are various approaches to risk assessment; the strengths, limitations, and optimal cutting scores of commonly used risk assessment instruments (e.g., VRAG, HCR-20, Static-99); and the areas of controversy within the risk assessment literature.

Dr. Neller, a board certified forensic psychologist-ABPP, has conducted a broad range of forensic evaluations and has taught undergraduates, psychiatry residents, and law students. He presently coordinates a program designed to reduce recidivism and relapse among federal inmates. 

Personal Injury Evaluations: Law & Psychological Practice
Thursday, November 3 (8:45 A.M. – 4:45 P.M.)

Craig R. Lareau, J.D., Ph.D., ABPP

The primary method of litigation for addressing physical and emotional injuries caused by others is the personal injury claim.  Forensic psychologists are called upon to assess the emotional and behavioral functioning of plaintiffs who bring these claims.  This workshop presents underlying law, relevant landmark legal cases, and a practical framework for the clinical evaluation of persons alleging emotional harm in these cases.

Dr. Lareau is board certified in forensic psychology-ABPP, and is a licensed attorney.  He has a private practice in Los Angeles, directs the Postdoctoral Fellowship in Forensic Psychology at Patton State Hospital, and Chairs the Forensic Psychology Section for the California Psychological Association.

Law School Crash Course
Friday, November 4 (8:30 A.M. – 4:30 P.M.)

Craig R. Lareau, J.D., Ph.D., ABPP

This workshop provides an overview of many foundational issues of law and the legal system.  The workshop is not a survey course of forensic psychology areas, but rather, an introduction to numerous substantive law issues.  Topics include: sources of law; jurisdiction; legal citation; evidence; constitutional law; torts; criminal procedure; and criminal law.

See Dr. Lareau’s biography above.

Assessment of Civil Competencies in Older Adults
Friday, November 4 (8:45 A.M. – 4:45 P.M.)

Daniel Krauss, J.D., Ph.D., ABPP

The focus of this workshop is the evaluation of a variety of civil competencies and related issues in older adults including guardianship, conservatorship, testamentary capacity, treatment consent, and allegations of duress and undue influence.  A framework for evaluating civil capacities is introduced, the utility of various assessment instruments is reviewed, and report writing and testimony strategies are discussed.

Dr. Krauss is a Professor of Psychology at Claremont McKenna College and is board certified in forensic psychology (ABPP).  He also is a member of the Arizona Bar and the United States Supreme Court Bar. Dr. Krauss performs guardianship and conservatorship evaluations in Los Angeles County.  

Insanity Defense Evaluations
Saturday November 5 (8:30 A.M. – 4:30 P.M.)

Anita Schlank, Ph.D., ABPP

This workshop focuses on assessment of the defendant’s mental state at the time of the alleged offense.  Relevant case law is reviewed, and interviewing techniques and the assessment of response style are also emphasized.  Case examples are used extensively for small group exercises. 

Dr. Schlank, a board certified forensic psychologist (ABPP), was formerly the Director of Forensic Mental Health at the Human Development Center in Duluth, MN, and is currently the Clinical Director of Virginia’s Sexually Violent Predator program.  She is also editor of the four volume series, The Sexual Predator.   

Effective and Ethical Expert Testimony
Saturday, November 5 (8:45 A.M. – 4:45 P.M.)

Joel Dvoskin, Ph.D., ABPP

This highly interactive workshop addresses the provision of expert psychological testimony in the courtroom.  Topics include use of humor as an expert witness; how to deal with discourteous opposing counsel;  how to give good answers to bad questions; the importance of humility; legal rules governing the admissibility of expert testimony; preparing for depositions; the myth of the “objective” expert; learning from opposing counsel; and ultimate issue testimony

Dr. Dvoskin is board certified in forensic psychology-ABPP, has served as President of the American Psychology-Law Society, and is former Acting Commissioner of Mental Health for the State of New York.  He testifies frequently in a variety of forensic contexts including individual and class actions, as well as criminal and civil matters.   

Ethical Issues for the Forensic Psychologist
Sunday, November 6 (8:30 A.M. – 4:30 P.M.)

Donald Bersoff, J.D., Ph.D., ABPP

Forensic psychologists enter a foreign land marked by ethical minefields—hidden and well camouflaged.  The workshop explores major ethical issues facing forensic psychologists, focusing on APA’s ethical principles, child custody guidelines, and the Specialty Guidelines for Forensic Psychologists.  Issues addressed include the expert as advocate, disclosure of test data, multiple relationships, and the quirks of privileged communication.
Dr. Bersoff is Director of the Law & Psychology Program at Drexel University.  He has served as APA’s General Counsel and also was on the APA Board of Directors.  He is the author of Ethical Conflicts in Psychology (4th ed. 2008), published by APA and represents mental health professionals in licensing proceedings.

Preparation for Board Examination in Forensic Psychology
Sunday, November 6 (8:45 A.M. – 4:45 P.M.)

Richart DeMier, Ph.D., ABPP

After examining benefits of board certification, the application and examination process is reviewed in detail.  Common pitfalls encountered by applicants are explored, and strategies for avoiding such errors are discussed.  The importance of mental health case law is explained, and approaches for understanding cases are provided.

For 17 years, Dr. DeMier–a board certified forensic psychologist (ABPP)–has conducted a wide variety of criminal forensic evaluations for federal courts at the U.S. Medical Center for Federal Prisoners, where he also serves as Internship Program Coordinator.


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