This webinar on Forensic Aspects of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is presented by Dr. Jerrod Brown. Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is the fastest growing developmental disorder in the U.S., with diagnoses increasing somewhere between 10% and 17% each year. In fact, one out of 68 U.S. citizens has an ASD diagnosis (CDC, 2015). This disorder consists of social and communication deficits, cognitive rigidity, and behavioral sequelae, all of which can vary in presence and severity across individuals with the disorder. These symptoms may increase the likelihood that an individual will become entangled in the criminal justice system and can have a devastating impact on an individual’s capacity to participate in the various stages of the legal system. As such, it is likely that criminal justice, forensic mental health, and legal professionals will encounter witnesses, suspects, defendants, offenders, or victims with ASD on a semi-frequent basis. Although there is a dearth of empirical research on the topic, the deficits inherent to ASD—the social and communication impairments in particular—can have a negative impact on an individual’s ability to navigate all phases of the criminal justice and legal systems. Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) who are involved in the criminal justice system can present unique challenges and management problems for criminal justice, forensic mental health, and legal professionals. These obstacles are often exacerbated when individuals with ASD are not accurately identified and responsively treated.
In this 90-minute presentation, attendees can expect to learn about the impact ASD has on criminal justice and forensic mental health settings and to acquire knowledge about the deficits commonly caused by ASD. Specifically, we will focus on how ASD may contribute to confabulation, competency to stand trial (CST) deficits, diminished capacity, false confessions, sexually inappropriate behaviors, suggestibility, aggressiveness, self-injurious and suicidal behaviors, and possible victimization during incarceration. Relevant research findings and case law will be presented throughout the workshop. Finally, this training will provide suggested approaches and intervention strategies that criminal justice and forensic mental health professionals can utilize when working with individuals who have suspected or confirmed ASD.
– Learn about the impact ASD has on criminal justice and forensic mental health settings
– Discuss deficits commonly caused by ASD.
– Describe how ASD may contribute to confabulation, competency to stand trial (CST) deficits, diminished capacity, and more..
– Identify approaches and intervention strategies that criminal justice and forensic mental health professionals can utilize when working with individuals who have suspected or confirmed ASD.
This webinar is intended for professionals that want to enhance their understanding in Forensic Aspects of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), including those working in criminal justice, security, health care, social service, education, mental health, and human resources settings. This webinar is for beginner, intermediate, and advanced level clinicians.
Upon completion of this webinar, participants should be able to:
– Describe the risk factors, red flag indicators, and deficits commonly associated with ASD
– Describe empirical research, case law, and popular media coverage of the impact of ASD on the criminal justice system
– Describe the challenges and difficulties of routine screenings for ASD in clinical and forensic populations along with ways to limit missed, under, and misdiagnosis of ASD
– Describe how ASD can impact a defendant’s competency to stand trial and other trial-related abilities
– Describe the difficulties that forensic mental health professionals must grapple with when evaluating the competency of defendants with ASD
– Describe the impact os ASD on victimization and participation in the criminal justice system via a review of relevant case studies
– Describe intervention strategies that are appropriate for individuals with ASD who are involved in the criminal justice system
About Jerrod Brown
Jerrod Brown, Ph.D., is the Treatment Director for Pathways Counseling Center, Inc. Pathways provides programs and services benefiting individuals impacted by mental illness and addictions. Jerrod is also the lead developer of an online Master of Arts degree in Human Services with an emphasis in Forensic Behavioral Health from Concordia University, St. Paul, Minnesota, the founder and CEO of the American Institute for the Advancement of Forensic Studies (AIAFS), and the Editor-in-Chief of Forensic Scholars Today (FST) and the Journal of Special Populations (JSP). Jerrod has completed four separate master’s degree programs and holds graduate certificates in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Other Health Disabilities (OHD), and Traumatic-Brain Injuries (TBI). Jerrod is certified as a Youth Firesetter Prevention/Intervention Specialist, Thinking for a Change (T4C) Facilitator, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Trainer, and a Problem Gambling Treatment Provider.
“Dr. Brown is a fantastic presenter and extremely knowledgeable in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
“Dr. Brown provided great resources throughout the webinar and additional readings for further research!”
Continuing Education Credit
This Distance Learning Recorded Webinar is an online Training Program. To earn CE’s, you will have to complete the webinar quiz and evaluation for this Distance Learning Recorded Webinar. No partial credit is available. For this webinar, you will need to pass the webinar quiz with 70% correct and complete a webinar evaluation form to earn the certificate. You can take the test as many times as necessary to pass. Participants will earn 1.5 CE hour for completion once they have completed these requirements. Each participant will be able to print their CE certificate immediately after completing and passing the post-test and evaluation.
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