Dr. Itiel Dror IAFMHS Keynote Address

iafmhs logocmykDr. Itiel Dror presents keynote address on The Pitfalls in Forensic Assessments
and How to Overcome Them
at the 2016 International Association of Forensic Mental Health Services.

This content is provided in partnership with the International Association of Forensic Mental Health Services (IAFMHS). Click these links for more information on IAFMHS or to become a member.

Dr. Itiel Dror

University College London

Dr. Itiel Dror is a cognitive neuroscientist. Interested in the cognitive architecture that underpins expertise, he attained his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1994. His academic work relates to theoretical issues underlying human performance and cognition. Dror’s research examines the information processing involved in perception, judgment and decision-making. He has published over 100 research articles, and has been extensively cited in the American National Academy of Sciences Report on Forensic Science.

Dr. Dror has worked with the U.S. Air Force and in the medical domain, examining expert decision making and error. In the forensic domain he has demonstrated how contextual information can influence judgments and decision making of experts; he has shown that even fingerprint and DNA experts can reach different conclusions when the same evidence is presented within different extraneous contexts. Dr. Dror has worked with many US forensic laboratories (e.g., FBI, NYPD, LAPD, San Francisco PD) as well as in other countries (e.g., The UK, Netherlands, Finland, Canada, and Australia) in providing training and implementing cognitive best practices in evaluating forensic evidence. Dr. Dror was the Chair of the NIST forensic science human factor group, and is a member of the National Commission on Forensic Science human factor group.

AP-LS Pre-Conference Workshops 2017

On Wednesday March 15h the American Psychology-Law Society (AP-LS; Division 41, American Psychological Association) will be holding a day of pre-conference CE workshops at the Westin Seattle Hotel, Seattle and we would love for you to join us. A total of 2 full-day and 4 half-day workshops will be presented by experts in the field. Workshops fill up fast so register today!


The AP-LS Annual Meeting is being held from March 16th-18st at the Westin Seattle Hotel, Seattle. This meeting provides an invigorating glimpse of new developments in research, law and policy across a broad array of topics (e.g., forensic assessment, children and the law, jury decision-making, victims and trauma). Students and young professionals can network with those who have made distinguished contributions; practitioners can keep abreast of the latest clinical and legal advances; and all can enjoy a conference and social program tailored to their interests. Please consider joining one of our committees to keep AP-LS responsive to members’ professional needs, as well as pressing social problems. We hope to see you there!

For a full description of the Pre-Conference full day and half day workshops, download the brochure here.

FULL-DAY WORKSHOPS

8:30-4:30PM

A ) How and Where Forensic Psychology and U.S. Immigration Policies Intersect: Best Practices, Ethics, and Challenges

Presenters: Claudia Antuña, PsyD, Philip Gibson, PhD, Leonora Cabrera, LMHC, Chris Strawn, JD

Intermediate skill level: The field of immigration presents clinicians and attorneys with challenges that mandate sensitivity to diversity and unique understanding of the
sociopolitical arena in which it operates. This particular vulnerable population is in need of professionals who understand the complexities of immigration law and how the forensic psychological evaluation is frequently the tool that can document trauma and the multiple ways human rights become violated. This workshop will present the interaction between both immigration law and psychology and how to best serve this unique population and maintain our mutual ethical standards.

7 CE Credits for Psychologists; 5.75 CLE Credits for Attorneys (Law & Legal)

B) Developments in Risk Assessment and Risk Reduction: Classification, Intervention Planning, Intervention, and Communication

Presenter: Kirk Heilbrun, PhD

Intermediate to advanced skill level: This workshop will focus on important conceptual and empirical developments in risk assessment for violence and offending. It will highlight these important developments over the last 25 years, focusing particularly on specialized measures of two kinds—actuarial and structured professional judgment—that are appropriate for use with adult offenders and juvenile offenders. The empirical evidence relevant to these specialized measures will be described. The integration of some of these measures toward four important steps in risk assessment–risk classification, risk factor identification, risk reducing needs assessment and intervention-planning, and risk communication–will be addressed. The delivery of empirically-supported interventions for risk management and longer- term risk reduction will also be described.

7 CE Credits for Psychologists


MORNING HALF-DAY WORKSHOPS

8:30 – 12:00PM

C) The American Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Mental Health Standards: How Lawyers and Forensic Clinicians Can Make the System Function Better

Presenter: Chris Slobogin, JD

Intermediate to advanced skill level: The American Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Mental Health Standards are the product of four years of work by a 12-member interdisciplinary task force (four mental health professions, four lawyers, three professors and a judge) and three other groups within the ABA. They revise standards drafted in the 1980s. Promulgated in August, 2016 and consisting of over 90 black letter provisions, the new standards tackle a wide range of issues concerning the involvement of people with mental disability in the criminal justice system, including diversion and specialized courts, the role of mental health professionals, police, lawyers and correctional officials in cases involving people with mental disability, and the law and process associated with competency, insanity, commitment and capital and non-capital sentencing. This workshop will describe the genesis of the standards and explain their content, organized in terms of three goals: ensuring fair and humane treatment of people with mental disability, promoting reliability in cases involving mental condition, and protecting the autonomy and dignity of people with mental disability. Participants will be exposed to a wide range of legal, moral, research, and ethical issues relating to forensic practice in the criminal justice system.

D) Reducing Bias in Pursuit of More Objective and Accurate Forensic Evaluations

Presenters: Daniel Murrie, PhD, Tess Neal, PhD

Beginner skill level: The Specialty Guidelines for Forensic Psychology direct forensic psychologists to strive for objectivity and minimize bias, particularly partisan biases associated with an adversarial legal system. But increasing research reveals that biases are deeply ingrained in ways that influence expert conclusions – even on ostensibly objective forensic tasks. This interactive workshop will review and provide experiential exercises to demonstrate common biases and ways they may compromise accuracy and objectivity. We will present empirical data and practical examples of adversarial allegiance and will suggest strategies for minimizing bias at several levels: individual opinion formation, case management and practice procedures, and system-wide interventions.

3.5 CE Credits for Psychologists; 3.5 CLE Credits for Attorneys (2.5 Ethics; 1 Other) | 3.5 CE Credits for Psychologists

 

AFTERNOON HALF-DAY WORKSHOPS

1:00-4:30PM

E) Structure & Substance in Sentencing: Legal, Psychological, & Mitigation Elements of Miller Proceedings

Presenters: Susan Knight, PhD, ABPP, Zoe Jones, JD, Laura Young, JD

Intermediate skill level: This workshop will detail sentencing proceedings per the holding in Miller v. Alabama, as related to the sentencing of juveniles to life without parole for homicide offenses. The workshop will cover pertinent issues related to both new (post-Miller) and retroactive sentencing. Adoption of a team approach will be presented, with the inclusion of an attorney, a forensic psychologist, and a mitigation specialist, whom all have experience with Miller proceedings and related sentencing issues. Core legal, psychological and mitigation perspectives will be discussed, with inclusion of case examples for practical application of workshop material.

F)  The Essentials of Developing, Growing, and Sustaining a Private Practice in Forensic Psychology: Soup to Nuts

Presenters: Virginia Barber-Rioja, PhD, Jessica Pearson, PsyD, Chriscelyn Tussey, PsyD, ABPP

Intermediate skill level: Despite an abundance of psychologists working in private practice, many have had minimal, if any, training or coursework on how to start or manage such a business, and guidance and mentoring can be difficult to obtain, especially in a niche such as forensic psychology. Illustrative case examples will be utilized to achieve three goals: 1) to candidly explore the advantages and challenges of private practice; 2) to provide the basics on how to start, grow, and maintain a practice, and 3) to explore a sample of the ethical and practical issues that arise when working in a private practice setting.

3.5 CE Credits for Psychologists; 3.25 CLE Credits for Attorneys (Law & Legal) | 3.5 CE Credits for Psychologists

 

 

EARLY BIRD WORKSHOP RATES Save up to $30 if you register before Jan 31!

FULL DAY WORKSHOP

Member $200 Non-Member $250

Student Member $80 Student Non-Member $100

HALF DAY WORKSHOP

Member $100 Student Member $40 Non- Member $125 Student Non-Member $50

For more information or to register, please visit ap-ls.wildapricot.org/APLS2017

AP-LS Conference 2016

 American Psychology-Law Society Conference 2016

The American Psychology-Law Society Annual Meeting will be March 10-12 in Atlanta, Georgia at the Westin Peachtree Plaza.

The meeting provides an invigorating glimpse of new developments in research, law and policy across a broad array of topics such as: forensic assessment, children and the law, jury decision-making, victims and trauma. Students and young professionals can network with those who have made distinguished contributions; practitioners can keep abreast of the latest clinical and legal advances; and all can enjoy a conference and social program they can tailor to their interests.

For the pre-conference workshop brochure, click here.

For more information, visit the AP-LS Annual Conference page.

Within-Conference CEs

Registration is still open for within-conference CE credit. There is a $35 administrative fee for this service, which entitles you to earn up to 21.25 hours of CE credit. The process is easy, all it requires is for you to register your contact information on the CONCEPT site. Then during the conference (or after the conference is over), complete an evaluation form for each session you attend and print your certificate(s).

For detailed information on within-conference CE’s, please visit the CONCEPT AP-LS page.

If you would like to register for within-conference CE’s, click here.

Register Now for AP-LS 2016 Within-Conference CEs

apls-iconRegistration is now open for within-conference CE Credits at the AP-LS annual meeting in Atlanta

CONCEPT is pleased to offer Continuing Education credits for some of the sessions at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychology-Law Society (AP-LS). We do this as a service to our profession as many of our colleagues appreciate the ability to receive CE credit for attending this conference.

The 2016 Conference will be held in Atlanta from March 10 – 12, 2016.

There is a $35 administrative fee for this service, which entitles you to earn up to 21.25 hours of CE credit. The process is easy, all it requires is for you to register your contact information on the CONCEPT site. Then during the conference (or after the conference is over), complete the evaluation forms for the sessions you attend and print your CE certificate(s).

For detailed information on within-conference CE’s, please visit the CONCEPT AP-LS page.

If you would like to register for within-conference CE’s, click here.

 

 

 

Early Registration Ends January 31st for 2016 American Psychology-Law Society Conference

2016 American Psychology-Law Society Conference

The Westin Peachtree Plaza

210 Peachtree ST. NW

Atlanta, GA

March 10-12, 2016

 

The preliminary 2016 AP-LS conference schedule is now available here:  http://ap-ls.wildapricot.org/AP-LS-Conference-2016

As a reminder, Early Bird Registration ends January, 31, 2016, register now to save on registration fees.  Please register online via the American Psychology-Law Society website.

Hotel registration for the 2016 conference is now open. Please book online via the American Psychology-Law Society website.

Student committee sponsored fun run registration is now open, please submit the form to Kathy Gaskey via email (apls@ec.rr.com), fax: (910) 933-4018 or mail (American Psychology-Law Society, PO Box 11488, Southport, NC 28461) by Feb. 13, 2016.

The AP-LS Continuing Education Committee has put together a program of diverse and innovative full and half day workshops to take place on Wednesday, March 9, 2016, eligible for up to 7 hours of CE credit.

This is a friendly reminder that the Early Bird Rate for the AP-LS Pre-Conference Workshops is only available until January 16. Space is limited in each workshop, so register now to secure your spot and save on workshop registration fees.

 NOTE: If you would like to register for a workshop only and NOT the annual AP-LS conference, please email Kathy Gaskey at apls@ec.rr.com.

All conference information, registration forms can be found on the American Psychology-Law Society Website.

 http://www.apadivisions.org/division-41/news-events/annual-conference.aspx

Last Call: Proposals for IAFMHS Due Monday November 16th

International Association of Forensic Mental Health Services

(IAFMHS)

Keeping Abreast of Changing Times: Education, Training, & Practice to Enhance Forensic Mental Health

New York City

June 21st – 23rd, 2016

Pre- and Post-Conference Workshops June 20th & 24th

Proposal Submission Deadline: MONDAY November 16th, 2015

Submit at: www.iafmhs.org

 


Featured Keynote Speakers

 

 

Itiel Dror, PhD

Cognitive Errors in Forensic Evaluation

June 21st, 2016

Aisha Gill, PhD

Honor-Based Violence and Forced Marriage

June 22nd, 2016

Thomas Grisso, PhD

Juvenile Sentencing and Reform

June 23rd, 2016

Register Now for AP-LS Within-Conference CEs

apls-iconRegistration is now open for within-conference Continuing Education Credits at the AP-LS annual meeting in San Diego. CONCEPT is pleased to offer Continuing Education credits for some of the sessions at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychology-Law Society (AP-LS). We do this as a service to our profession as many of our colleagues appreciate the ability to receive CE credit for attending this conference. This conference is held in a different location each year. The 2015 Conference will be held in San Diego from March 19-21, 2015. There is a $35 administrative fee for this service, which entitles you to earn up to 21.25 hours of CE credit.

The process is easy, all it requires is for you to register your contact information on the CONCEPT site. Then after the conference is over, complete the evaluation form and print your certificate.

For detailed information on within-conference CE’s, please visit the CONCEPT AP-LS page OR

Register Now

 

 

AP-LS Pre-Conference Workshops 2015

logoOn Wednesday March 18th the American Psychology-Law Society (AP-LS; Division 41, American Psychological Association) will be holding a day of pre-conference CE workshops at the Westin Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego and we would love for you to join us. A total of 4 full-day and 2 half-day workshops will be presented by experts in the field. Workshops fill up fast so register today!


The AP-LS Annual Meeting is being held from March 19th-21st at the Westin Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego. This meeting provides an invigorating glimpse of new developments in research, law and policy across a broad array of topics (e.g., forensic assessment, children and the law, jury decision-making, victims and trauma). Students and young professionals can network with those who have made distinguished contributions; practitioners can keep abreast of the latest clinical and legal advances; and all can enjoy a conference and social program tailored to their interests. Please consider joining one of our committees to keep AP-LS responsive to members’ professional needs, as well as pressing social problems. We hope to see you there!

For a full description of the Pre-Conference full day and half day workshops, download the brochure here.

FULL DAY WORKSHOPS (7CE’S) 8:30am – 4:30pm

WORKSHOP A:
Quality Considerations in Conducting Juvenile Forensic Evaluations.
Presenters: Kirk Heilburn, Ph.D

 

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Expert Testimony
Presenter: Randy Otto, Ph.D

 

WORKSHOP C:
Evidence-Based Trauma-Specific services for Youth in the Juvenile System: Bringing the TARGET Model to Youth, Staff, and Key Stakeholders
Presenters: Julian Ford, Ph.D., A.B.P.P & Judith Ford, M.A.

 

ao208-448ff5e7-33b4-4dc9-a400-e623fabe4a17-v2WORKSHOP D:
Advanced Issues in Violence Risk Assessment and Management.
Presenter: Stephen Hart, Ph.D

 

HALF DAY WORKSHOPS (3.5CE’S)

WORKSHOP E:     8:30 am – 12:00 pm
Ethics in Forensic Practice.
Presenter: Gerald P. Koocher, Ph.D., ABPP

 

 

indexWORKSHOP F:      1:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Core Competencies in Suicide Risk Assessment and Management: A Workshop for Psychological Professionals
Presenter: Robert J. Cramer, Ph.D.

 

 

 


spring-training-logo2Looking for training in Forensic Evaluation? Check out the upcoming spring training sessions!

Session 1: Evaluation of Risk for Violence using the HCR-20-V3

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Instructors: Dr. Kevin Douglas & Dr. Stephen Hart

Please join us our Spring Training Session on the Evaluation of Risk for Violence using the HCR-20-V3 presented by Dr. Kevin Douglas and Dr. Stephen Hart. We limit the number of participants in each Spring Training session to ensure that you have the opportunity to engage in meaningful interaction with Drs. Douglas and Hart and to discuss your current clinical cases in a small-group format. This 30-hour training session includes 20 hours of online training and 10 hours of consultation time with the instructors over the course of 10 weeks, beginning March 1, 2015. Participants should expect to devote approximately 3 hours each week to this training program.

Session 2: Best Practices in the Evaluation of Competence to Stand Trial

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Instructor: Dr. Patricia Zapf

Please join us our Spring Training Session on Best Practices in the Evaluation of Competence to Stand Trial presented by Dr. Patricia Zapf. We limit the number of participants in each Spring Training session to ensure that you have the opportunity to engage in meaningful interaction with Dr. Zapf and to discuss your current clinical cases in a small-group format. This 30-hour training session includes 20 hours of online training and 10 hours of consultation time with Dr. Zapf over the course of 10 weeks, beginning March 1, 2015. Participants should expect to devote approximately 3 hours each week to this training program.

Interested in learning more about our Spring Training?

 

Come Join us for Spring Training 2015

On March 1st Our Spring Training Sessions begin. They provide the opportunity to be trained by and receive consultation from some of the leading experts in the field; Drs Kevin Hart, Stephen Douglas and Patricia Zapf.

About the Training

Spring Training Sessions are guided online training programs that run for 10 weeks and are 30 hours long (20 hours online training + 10 hours of consultation). New content is released each week and participants are guided through the course with email notifications explaining what is to be accomplished each week. Participants should expect to devote approximately 3 hours each week to the training program, including a one-hour consultation session with the instructor for small group discussions of cases and clinical implementation issues.

Upon completion of the Spring Training Session, participants will have accrued 30 hours of training on the topic and an in-depth understanding of the relevant evaluation issues. Please click on the title of each program to learn more about the program.

This Spring we are pleased to offer 2 Sessions:

Session 1: Assessment of Risk for Violence using the HCR-20 Version 3

ao208-d0b9719b-d9ed-4680-8779-0df045db2435-v2Instructor: Dr. Kevin Douglas & Dr. Stephen Hart

Dates: March 1, 2015 – May 9, 2015 (10 weeks)

20 hours of online training + 10 hours of consultation (1 hour/week)

 

 

Session 2: Best Practices in the Evaluation of Competence to Stand Trial

5-best-practicesInstructor: Dr. Patricia Zapf

Dates: March 1, 2015 – May 9, 2015 (10 weeks)

20 hours of online training + 10 hours of consultation (1 hour/week)


Interested in learning more about our Spring Training?

About the Instructors

Dr. Stephen Hart obtained his PhD in clinical psychology at the University of British Columbia in 1993. He currently holds positions as Professor in the Department of Psychology at Simon Fraser University and Visiting Professor in the Faculty of Psychology at the University of Bergen. His expertise is in the field of clinical-forensic psychology, with a special focus on the assessment of violence risk and psychopathic personality disorder.

 

 

 

Patricia ZapfPatricia A. Zapf, PhD, obtained her PhD in Clinical Forensic psychology from Simon Fraser University in Canada and currently holds the position of Professor in the Department of Psychology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, The City University of New York. Dr. Zapf is the current President of the American Psychology-Law Society and she is the Editor of the American Psychology-Law Society book series and Associate Editor of Law and Human Behavior.

 

 

ao208-b29fe3d0-a3d5-40cf-8478-e7f7404ece09-v2 Dr. Kevin S. Douglas is Associate Professor and Associate Chair, Department of Psychology, Simon Fraser University. He is also a Guest Professor of Applied Criminology at Mid-Sweden University, and a Senior Research Advisor at the University of Oslo. Dr. Douglas received his law degree in 2000 from the University of British Columbia, and his Ph.D. in clinical (forensic) psychology from Simon Fraser University in 2002.

 

 

 

 

Call for Proposals: American Psychology-Law Society

apls

March 19-21, 2015 | San Diego, California

The 2015 AP-LS Annual Meeting will be held from March 19- 21 at the Westin Gaslamp Quarter in San Diego, CA.

We invite proposals for symposia, papers, and posters addressing topics in all areas of psychology and law; proposals that are empirically based, practice oriented, or that involve new and emerging topics within the field are encouraged. Empirical research submissions that do not include data are discouraged. Proposals will be evaluated through a blind review process focused on intellectual merit, innovation, and integration of multiple aspects of the field.

The deadline for submissions is Monday, October 6, 2014 11:59 pm EST

SYMPOSIA (session up to 80 min)

A coordinated group of presentations that focus on one topic; a minimum of three presentations and an independent discussant should be included. The participation of each presenter should be secured prior to submission. Submissions should consist of a 100-word abstract and a 1000-word summary for each paper as well as a 200-word abstract for the symposium session.

PAPERS (session up to 60 min)

Presentation of a paper describing an individual research topic or piece of legal scholarship; 3-5 paper presentations will be grouped into sessions after acceptances/rejections are completed. Submissions should consist of a 100-word abstract and a summary of not more than 1000 words.

POSTERS

Posters will be presented at one of two poster sessions typically held Friday and Saturday evenings. Poster presentations are made in written format on display boards (size TBA). Submissions should consist of a 100-word abstract and a summary of not more than 1000 words.

First-Author Limit

There will be a limit of TWO first-author paper submissions per person; there is no limit on the number of poster submissions or appearances as a discussant or session chair.

Submission Site

All proposals should be submitted electronically on the conference website. A link to the website will be provided shortly and will also be available on the AP-LS webpage. We are in the process of transitioning to a new platform: the link for submissions will be available upon completion of the transition. Please check the APLS conference webpage (http://www.apadivisions.org/division-41/news-events/annual-conference.aspx) for regular updates regarding the submission process and conference details.

More Information

If you have any questions or comments regarding the call for papers, or about the conference, please contact the conference co-chairs:

Christina Finello (cfinello@pmhcc.org)

Nancy Panza (npanza@fullerton.edu)

We look forward to seeing everyone in sunny San Diego in March!