Forensic Practice: Assessment and Intervention Strategies

The Three-Workshop Series will be held at the Bryant Conference Center, located on The University of Alabama campus in Tuscaloosa.
 

Forensic Practice: Assessment and Intervention Strategies

The Three-Workshop Series will be held at the Bryant Conference Center, located on The University of Alabama campus in Tuscaloosa.
 

A Three-Workshop Series

  • Workshop #1: “Forensic Practice and the Criminal Court System” :April 16, 2021
    • 6 Contact hours, to include 1 hour of ethics-COMPLETED
  • Workshop #2: “Forensic Practice and Death Penalty Mitigation:” June 18, 2021
    • 6 contact hours, to include 1 hour of ethics-COMPLETED
  • Workshop #3: “Forensic Practice and the Family Court System:” September 17, 2021
    • 6 contact hours, to include 1 hour of ethics-Now offered ENTIRELY ONLINE

Course Description

A series of three workshops designed for social workers, mental health practitioners, and criminal justice professionals. The first workshop will discuss an overview of forensic practice. Biopsychosocial assessments and their use in both the criminal and civil justice system will also be described. The second workshop will provide a detailed discussion of death penalty mitigation defense. The third workshop will describe therapeutic divorce mediation, including issues such as parental alienation, emotional abuse, and more. In addition, juvenile sex offender risk assessment models and therapeutic interventions will be described.

Learner Objectives

Workshop #1:  Forensic Practice and the Criminal Court System: An Overview

The first workshop will discuss an overview of forensic practice and the criminal justice system. Communication correction programs and specialty courts will also be described.

Participants will be able to:

  • Gain insight on the perspectives of the criminal justice system
  • Understand the integration of trauma in forensic practice
  • Identify community correction programs and specialty courts

Workshop #2: Forensic Practice and Death Penalty Mitigation.

The second workshop will provide a detailed discussion of death penalty mitigation, including the analysis of general mitigation initiatives and the development of a capital mitigation defense.

Participants will be able to:

  • Understand the process of analysis and explanation of the mitigation initiative
  • Learn about the development of a capital mitigation defense, including:
    • Psychosocial mitigation assessment
    • Mitigation team development
    • Preparing family for court
  • Analyze case examples of adolescents and capital murder mitigations

Workshop #3:  Forensic Practice and the Family Court System

This workshop will provide a general overview of forensic practice and roles in both the criminal and civil justice systems. Integration of trauma and ethical dilemmas within community corrections programs, specialty courts, expert witness testimony, and elder law will be presented. Participants will have the opportunity to analyze several cases and discuss with an expert panel that includes lawyers and judges.

Participants will:

  • Learn basic concepts and functions of a practitioner in the criminal and civil justice systems.
  • Understand the relationship of trauma and the criminal justice system.
  • Discuss ethical dilemmas in forensic practice.
  • Apply biopsychosocial assessments and understand their use in both the criminal and civil justice systems.