Forensic Practice: Assessment and Intervention Strategies

A Three-Workshop Series 

Workshop #1: February 15, 2019  "Forensic Practice and the Criminal Court System: An Overview"

Workshop #2: April 26, 2019  "Forensic Practice and Death Penalty Mitigation"

Workshop #3: June 21, 2019  "Forensic Practice and the Family Court System"

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

Participants will:

  • Identify three ways professionals can develop and implement a forensic practice within the criminal justice system.
  • Learn the dynamics and techniques of Expert Witness Testimony.
  • Identify victim outreach initiatives and programs.
  • Learn about "The Safe Harbor Act" and it's impact on victims of human sex trafficking.


Workshop #2:  Forensic Practice and Death Penalty Mitigation

Participants will:

  • Learn what constitutes a mitigation defense.
  • Identify the components of a mitigation assessment.
  • Apply the concepts of a mitigation defense to adolescents that are appropriate for "Miller Ruling" cases.
  • Understand how to present a mitigation defense in a sentencing hearing.  


Workshop #3: Forensic Practice and the Family Court System

Participants will:

  • Learn the concepts and techniques of therapeutic divorce mediation.
  • Learn the relationship between developmental dynamics and therapeutic divorce mediation.
  • Identify three categories of Parental Alienation.
  • Identify two juvenile sex offender risk assessments.
  • Become familiar with three models of therapeutic treatment for juvenile sex offenders.