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.
 

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A Three-Workshop Series

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

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

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.

Workshop #2:  Forensic Practice and Death Penalty Mitigation

This forensic practice 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.

Participants will:

  • Learn what constitutes a mitigation defense.
  • Identify the components of a mitigation assessment.
  • Apply the concepts of a mitigation defense to adolescents appropriate for “Miller Ruling” cases.
  • Discuss ethical Issues and challenges in death penalty cases.
  • Understand how to present a mitigation defense in a sentencing hearing.

Workshop #3: Forensic Practice and the Family Court System

This forensic practice 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.

Participants will:

  • Learn the concepts and techniques of therapeutic divorce mediation.
  • Learn the relationship between developmental dynamics and therapeutic divorce mediation.
  • Identify two juvenile sex offender risk assessments.
  • Discuss ethical dilemmas in high conflict divorce mediation.

Workshop #3:  Forensic Practice and the Criminal Court System: An Overview

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.