Thursday, January 31, 2013

Upcoming forensic training opportunities

American Psychology-Law Society, March 7-9


For those of you planning to attend the American Psychology-Law Society conference in Portland Oregon on March 7-9, early-bird registration ends on February 1. This year’s lineup is very exciting. The conference website is HERE; details on the March 8 symposium that I will be chairing, "Emergent controversies in civil commitment evaluations of sexually violent predators” (as well as the pre-conference continuing education lineup) are HERE

Juvenile sex offender training, Feb. 11


Coming right up at the Institute of Law, Psychiatry, and Public Policy in Charlottesville, Virginia is an advanced training on “Understanding and Treating Juvenile Sexual Offenders.” The presenter is nationally recognized expert John Hunter. Details are HERE.

Ethics in forensic practice training, May 3


Later in the spring, the Institute is offering another advanced workshop by nationally recognized presenter Alan Goldstein. Topics include competence to practice; confidentiality; roles of the expert; issues in assessment; responding to subpoenas; release of raw test data; report writing; and ultimate opinion testimony. The emphasis is on reducing the likelihood of potentially damaging cross-examination, ethics complaints and malpractice actions. Attendees are encouraged to prepare, in advance, a problem they encountered in their practice and submit it at the start of the workshop for review and possible discussion. More information is HERE.

2 comments:

  1. Karen,

    I am wondering . . .

    What do most accredited training programs in forensics currently teach regarding adult attraction to adolescents (e.g. 'hebephilia') inherent in many statutory rape and porn cases? Do they disregard the science and the historial and evolutionary rationales or do they continue to cater to "predator panic"?

    I ask this question for two reasons: 1) some experts, such as O' Donovan, apparently believe this to be a pathological consideration despite the APA's recent rejection of the proposal, and 2) the ongoing diagnosis of NOS in SVP court cases involving adolescents. I do realize that lucrative pay-offs and other pretextual agendas account for a significant portion of the latter, but I am curious as to the point at which the issue actually starts.

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  2. "Juvenile sex offender training, Feb. 11"..........do they really NEED training? ;)

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