September 11, 2012

Webinars to feature Grisso, Otto, child custody moot court

Sept. 29: Report writing and competence in forensic psychology 

Want to hear from forensic leaders on new developments in the field, but don't have the time (or extra money) to travel to do so? No worries. On Sept. 29, the New York State Psychological Association's annual forensic conference -- featuring forensic leaders Tom Grisso and Randy Otto -- will be available as a live Webinar.

In the morning keynote address, Thomas Grisso of the University of Massachusetts Medical School will provide guidance on forensic report writing based on his recent research project.

Later in the day, Randy Otto of the University of South Florida will address "Learning Needed to Become Competent as a Forensic Psychologist."

Although Webinar participants won't be able to imbibe at the wine social at St. John's University in Manhattan, they will get to listen in on the afternoon conversation hour between attendees and presenters. They will also hear one of the three mid-day breakout sessions (most likely the one on criminal court report writing, I am told).

The cost is $50 reduced to $35 for non-NYSPA members; $25 for students with proof. Unfortunately, remote participants will not earn continuing education credits. Which kind of makes sense, as there is no way to monitor attendance.

Sept. 30: Child custody moot court 

The following day, Sept. 30, the Queens campus of St. Johns will feature a training designed for professionals interested in learning more about conducting child custody evaluations. As with the previous day's training, this one will also be available to remote listeners.

"The Court is in Session: Psychologists on the Stand" will address effective and ethical expert testimony in the child custody context. Forensic psychologists, attorneys and a judge will then enact a simulation experience, or moot court, followed by a postmortem panel discussion. This event is co-sponsored by the Forensic Division of the New York State Psychology Association and the Nassau County Psychological Association.

It's exciting to see forensic programs offering Webinar access, which will make trainings more accessible to professionals in distant locations or those who do not want to spend hundreds of dollars on airfare and lodging to attend a training.

 Registration for Sept. 29 is HERE; registration for Sept. 30 is HERE.

A related article by Tom Grisso, Guidance for Improving Forensic Reports: A Review of Common Errors, is available for free from the Open Access Journal of Forensic Psychology.

1 comment:

Jeffery C. Singer, Ph.D. said...

I am sure I speak for many when I tell you how much we get from your blog. The NYSPA Forensic Div. conference is really terrific; I will be 3/3/ in attendance! Regarding your wise direction to Thomas Grisso's useful article above, I wound like to recommend his article "Right Time Mentors," also available for free in the Open Access Journal of Forensic Psychology. It provided a different kind of wisdom than is commonly found.