Psychiatry Preliminary by jolinmilioncherie


									American College of Forensic Psychology                                           that can arise in personal injury claims are relatively subtle (e.g., driv-
                                                                                  ing fear and avoidance secondary to motor vehicle collisions, impaired
       27th Annual Symposium                                                      interpersonal relations secondary to sexual assault). As well, personal
        March 31-April 3, 2011                                                    injury claimants may adopt more than one inaccurate self-representation
                                                                                  strategy during the course of their insurance claim and during inde-
   San Diego • The Westgate Hotel                                                 pendent assessments. This presentation will describe different forms of
                                                                                  inaccurate self-representation among psychological injury claimants
The American College of Forensic Psychology is approved by the                    leading to a hypothesis-testing model for evaluating personal injury
American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education                claimants. Illustrative cases will be presented.
for psychologists. ACFP maintains responsibility for this program and
its content. This program will offer a maximum of 23 hours of Contin-             Dr. Koch is a clinical and forensic psychologist who specializes in the
uing Education credits. California Psychologists Note: On Friday pre-             forensic assessment and treatment of trauma survivors and people suf-
sentations will be devoted to Ethics and the Law, designed to satisfy             fering from anxiety disorders and phobias.
the California re-licensing continuing education requirement.
                                                                                  10:00-10:15 Coffee Break
                  PRELIMINARY PROGRAM                                             Note: The meeting will split into 2 rooms following the coffee break.
Wednesday, March 30
                                                                                  Room 1—Assessments/Evaluations
4:00-5:30 Early Registration
                       Thursday, March 31                                         The transgenerational transmission of trauma
                                                                                  Donna Veraldi, Ph.D.
7:00-7:45 Registration and Continental Breakfast                                  Forensic psychologists are often asked to evaluate individuals who have
7:45-8:00 Opening Remarks and Announcements                                       engaged in behavior that appears to be amoral or immoral. Such be-
8:00-12:15 Expert Testimony/Assessment/Child Issues (4 CE credits)                havior is commonly believed to fall under the conscious control of the
                                                                                  individual. As forensic evaluators, we are required to provide an un-
8:00-8:40                                                                         derstanding of why an individual might engage in criminal behavior.
The integration of science and law—Saving Tonya Craft                             Often such behavior is trauma-based. Emerging research indicates that
Demosthenes Lorandos, Ph.D., J.D.                                                 trauma can be transmitted across generations, through inheritance of
                                                                                  morality, cultural phenomena, and epigenetics. This talk will help to
In a sensational case covered by The Today Show, Good Morning                     explain why a review of an individual’s family and cultural history may
America, The View and Larry King Live, Georgia kindergarten teacher               be important in understanding that individual’s mental capacity.
Tonya Craft faced 480 years on 22 counts of criminal sexual conduct,
and a prosecution team that had never lost. She was alleged to have               Donna Veraldi, Ph.D. is in private practice in Billings, MT.
sexually assaulted three little girls—one of whom was her own daugh-
ter. Craft realized that without a cogent explication of the science in           10:55-11:35
this area, she was doomed. With video and examples of science content,            Evaluating intellectual disability in capital habeas cases
the leader of the Tonya Craft defense team will describe the develop-             Kristine M. Jacquin, Ph.D.
ment of expert forensic psychological testimony from five doctoral                Since the Supreme Court ruled in Atkins v. Virginia (2002) that mentally
level specialists in six specialized content areas.                               retarded defendants cannot be executed, approximately 7% of death
Dr. Lorandos is a clinical psychologist with over 40 years of experi-             row inmates have filed habeas petitions claiming to have an intellectual
ence. He is an attorney, licensed to practice in New York, California             disability. These inmates are typically evaluated based on statutory def-
and Michigan, and a member of the Bar of the U.S. Supreme Court.                  initions of mental retardation, which appear straightforward but are ac-
                                                                                  tually quite complex. Intelligence scores must be considered in light of
8:40-9:20                                                                         outdated test norms and standard error of measurement, and must be
When birthing goes wrong:                                                         examined in conjunction with the inmate’s adaptive functioning at dif-
wrongful death, wrongful birth, wrongful life                                     ferent points in time. As a result, attorneys and psychologists have
Mary D. Laney, Ph.D.                                                              struggled to understand the best methods for assessing mental retarda-
                                                                                  tion. The presenter will explain the challenges in assessing intelligence
Forensic psychologists are frequently called on to provide testimony
                                                                                  and adaptive functioning and provide some recommended best prac-
and opinions in lawsuits of wrongful death and wrongful birth. On oc-
                                                                                  tices for conducting these evaluations.
casion, they are called on in cases of wrongful life. Following a histor-
ical overview of the legal underpinnings of these types of lawsuits,              Kristine Jacquin has a consulting practice focusing on forensic and neu-
distinctions in the evaluative process will be elaborated. Critical means         ropsychological evaluations in Santa Barbara, CA and Starkville, MS.
of obtaining data and gleaning the emotional experiences of parents to
elucidate their loss and coping will be addressed, as will means of eval-         11:35-12:15
uating the nature and extent of handicapping conditions and their ef-             Off label innovations in personality assessment
fect on the life of the child. Suggested formats for discussion of                John W. Podboy, Ph.D. and Valerie McClain, Psy.D.
findings, pertinent theories, and the formation of opinions will be in-
                                                                                  We are in the process of exploring the use of collateral informants com-
                                                                                  pleting instruments such as the MMPI-2 or PAI for the purpose of iden-
Dr. Mary D. Laney is in private practice in Metuchen, NJ. She treats              tifying personality characteristics on another identified patient.
parents who have experienced perinatal loss and trauma, and conducts              Frequently, results from these instruments come up invalid related to the
forensic evaluations and serves as an expert witness in this area.                defensiveness or exaggeration of patient responses due to being guarded
                                                                                  or overwhelmed. In these situations, it occurred to us that the comple-
9:20-10:00                                                                        tion of the instrument by a collateral informant close to the individual
Commenting on the unspeakable:                                                    may yield useful information about the patient. This strategy may prove
the assessment of feigned psychological injuries                                  useful for evaluations by adapting these measures or creating inde-
William J. Koch, Ph.D.                                                            pendent versions of the measures that could be used to provide addi-
The assessment of feigned mental impairment is a necessary part of                tional information. Initially, the use of such data would be experimental
forensic mental evaluations. This has been most extensively studied               and correlations would be computed when multiple collaterals com-
within the criminal arena. Many of the potential psychological injuries           pleted the measures on the patient. Similarly, a correlation of the pa-
tient’s data with another informant could be compared to shed light on              at the hearings. It appears that in Washington changes in demographic
areas of discrepancies and possible concerns.                                       data (such as age) will now be admissible in SVP review hearings; in
John W. Podboy, Ph.D. practices clinical and forensic psychology in                 California such demographic information will likely also now be ad-
northern California. Valerie R. McClain, Psy.D. is in private practice              missible. Implications for changes in how SVP review hearings are con-
in Tampa, Florida.                                                                  ducted will be discussed, and participants will learn how to incorporate
                                                                                    new information into their SVP review reports.
Room 2—Child/Juvenile Issues                                                        Brett Trowbridge, Ph.D., J.D. is a licensed psychologist in Washington
10:15-10:55                                                                         and member of the Washington Bar. Marian Gaston, J.D. is a public de-
The psychological evaluation in child protective cases                              fender and currently handles a sexually violent predator caseload.
James W. Schutte, Ph.D.
Forensic psychologists are often called upon to conduct evaluations and             2:30-3:15
render opinions in child protective matters. An effective psychological             Navigating a quagmire: Social Security disability testimony
evaluation in these matters requires an awareness of case procedure, a              Kathleen M. O’Brien, Ph.D.
knowledge of psychological conditions likely to be found in these types             The Social Security Administration contracts with licensed psycholo-
of cases, effective test selection, and the ability to offer opinions which         gists to help administrative law judges decipher and interpret mental
are defensible on the page and in court. Participants will be able to de-           health records for claimants of Social Security disability benefits. Typ-
scribe the role of forensic psychology in child protective matters, and             ically, newly contracted psychologists are provided with a “blue book,”
will gain a knowledge of how to plan a psychological evaluation and se-             but no actual training. Many stop accepting these cases because of the
lect effective test instruments in these types of cases.                            lack of support in preparing them to testify effectively. This presenta-
James W. Schutte, Ph.D. is a bilingual psychologist in private practice             tion will walk through the steps of file review and testimony, using case
in El Paso, TX.                                                                     examples and principles of expert testimony applicable in these cases.
                                                                                    Kathleen M. O’Brien, Ph.D. is Professor of Clinical Psychology at Ar-
10:55-11:35                                                                         gosy University, Chicago. Dr. O’Brien has testified in over one thou-
Comparing apples to apples: current research                                        sand Social Security disability hearings and appeals.
and the evaluation of high conflict litigants in custody cases
Jeffrey C. Siegel, Ph.D., ABPP                                                      3:15-4:00
Psychologists should rely on sound empirical research to help guide                 Competency to stand trial issues and concepts
forensic decision-making. Understanding the methodology, procedures                 Paula MacKenzie, Psy.D.
and characteristics of the research population studied is essential to ac-          Given the potentially challenging nature that some competency to stand
curately determine the usefulness of the results. How the lack of defi-             trial examinations (CST) can present, it is critical for examiners who
nition and specificity in a research population can negatively impact               conduct such exams to be familiar with the underlying basic concepts
the generalizability of the findings will be discussed. The focus will be           central to these specialized types of examinations. Basic fundamental
research on the MMPI-2, the most frequently used psychological test in              concepts central to all CST examinations will be identified and dis-
child custody evaluations, and its use in high conflict cases.                      cussed, as well as how these basic concepts apply in specific short case
Jeffrey C. Siegel, Ph.D. practices as a forensic and clinical psychologist          examples. The goal is to advance examiners’ knowledge base regard-
in Dallas, TX, specializing in child custody evaluations.                           ing CST examinations thereby increasing one’s ability to conduct more
                                                                                    valid and reliable examinations for U.S. criminal courts.
11:35-12:15                                                                         Paula MacKenzie, Psy.D. is a psychologist in Rockford, IL.
Petitioning the courts to achieve residential services:
addressing the autism dilemma                                                       4:00-4:45
David L. Holmes, Ed.D. and Paul Prior, Esq.                                         Rational understanding in competency to stand trial
When children with significant symptoms of autism enter adolescence,                Kenneth Cole, MA, LMHC
their maladaptive behaviors frequently become intractable causing them
                                                                                    Mental competency as a prerequisite for due process was established by
to become a threat to themselves and others. Their ability to receive an
                                                                                    the Supreme Court’s Dusky decision, but explicit definitions of rational
appropriate education is more difficult to achieve and therefore resi-
                                                                                    understanding were not included in that decision. Rational capacities
dential placement for educational purposes often becomes necessary.
                                                                                    are not a prominent part of most current evaluation protocols and the
When a psychologist is retained to explore the need for residential serv-
                                                                                    impact of rational incompetence on the CST assessment of defendants
ices, there are several components: record review, interview, observa-
                                                                                    is often minimal. This study focused specifically on identifying and
tion, report; and, most often expert testimony in court. Free and
                                                                                    defining dimensions of rational understanding. In addition, a unique
appropriate public education and least restrictive environment are crit-
                                                                                    CST assessment tool, the Cole Rationality Assessment Instrument (C-
ical matters to address when arguing in court for residential services.
                                                                                    RAI), was designed to explicitly measure a defendant’s capacity to ra-
Dr. Holmes is Chairman and CEO of Lifespan Services, LLC, helping                   tionally understand and participate in the adjudication process.
families and individuals with autism and related disabilities. Paul Prior
                                                                                    Kenneth Cole has provided more than 20,000 hours of Master’s level
has devoted his legal career to representing people with disabilities.
                                                                                    outpatient mental health counseling.
12:15-1:45 Lunch Break (on your own)
                                                                                    Room 2—Trauma/Child/Juvenile Issues (3 CE credits)
 1:45-4:45 Two Rooms
Room 1—Expert Testimony/Assessment (3 CE credits)                                   The art of survival: the science of facing life crises
1:45-2:30                                                                           Dee M. Langford, Ed.D.
What can now be addressed in an SVP review in California                            Definition of a survivor, rules for survival, the best survivors, and de-
and Washington, and how often can reviews occur?                                    scriptions of the five types of survivors will be given. In addition, re-
Brett Trowbridge, Ph.D., J.D. and Marian Gaston, J.D.                               search and statistics will be provided on a variety of aspects of survival
This presentation addresses new developments in Washington and Cal-                 behavior. Effective psychological strengths of survivors and examples
ifornia regarding how often people committed under Sexually Violent                 of true survivors and their adversities will be covered. The forensic psy-
Predator (SVP) statutes get to have judicial reviews of their continuing            chologist, due to the nature of his or her work and clientele encoun-
status as SVPs, as well as what information is now deemed admissible                tered, may find personal strength and optimism in the stories presented.
Attendees will be able to 1) describe how and why certain people make                                           Friday, April 1
it through the most difficult trials and live, while others don’t, and die;
2) give examples of individuals who have experienced the most trau-                 7:15-8:00 Registration and Continental Breakfast
matic events and come out of those experiences stronger and braver.                 8:00-12:00 Ethics and Practice Issues (4 CE credits)
Dee M. Langford is a psychologist in Tennessee and teaches for the                  Note: Presentations on this day are designed to meet the California
University system of Georgia.                                                       ethics and the law continuing education requirement, and will include
                                                                                    discussion of laws, ethics and ethical issues as they apply to the prac-
2:25-3:05                                                                           tice of psychology.
Youth with Asperger syndrome/high functioning autism                                8:00-8:40
spectrum disorders and the juvenile justice system
                                                                                    Anatomy of a bogus expert witness résumé
Vanessa K. Jensen, Psy.D.
                                                                                    Don Eisner, Ph.D., J.D.
After a brief overview of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and review
of the literature related to criminal behavior in adults with ASD, case             In order to qualify as an expert witness, there must be adequate train-
examples will be used to illustrate key issues for youth with high func-            ing and experience such that the litigant and the courts can be assisted
tioning ASD as they intersect with the criminal/juvenile justice system.            in evaluating a particular issue. At times, there has been little or no vet-
Considering both treating psychologist and independent examiner po-                 ting of expert witness credentials in certain venues. With bogus ré-
sitions, examples will be used to illustrate the role of ASD symptoms               sumés, the legitimacy of the credentials are in question. The detection
and behaviors in eventual inappropriate/illegal actions, and to consider            of embellished and fraudulent résumés will be demonstrated via a sam-
possible responses from criminal/juvenile justice. Possible roles for               ple résumé and cross examination of the so-called expert.
psychologists, along with potential pitfalls and ethical challenges re-             Donald Eisner is a licensed psychologist and attorney. He has repre-
lated to these complex situations will be reviewed.                                 sented plaintiffs in psychotherapy malpractice actions and therapists in
Vanessa K. Jensen, Psy.D. has been on the medical staff at the Cleve-               front of licensing boards.
land Clinic Children’s Hospital for more than 20 years.
                                                                                    Ethics in assessment:
                                                                                    APA and AMA guidelines and standards
Are we really ready for research-based custody
                                                                                    Arthur D. Williams, Ph.D.
evaluation recommendations?
Mark L. Goldstein, Ph.D., Barry Bricklin, Ph.D., Gail Elliot, Ph.D.                 This presentation will review the APA Standards for Educational and
                                                                                    Psychological Assessment; the APA Ethical Principles of Psychologists
Models used in custody evaluations have changed over time, particu-                 and Code of Conduct; the APA Guidelines for Providers of Psycholog-
larly as organizations such as the APA and AFCC have developed stan-                ical Services to Ethnic, Linguistic and Culturally Diverse Populations;
dards for conducting custody evaluations. Recently, there have been                 the AMA Guides for the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment; and the
arguments for research-based recommendations and whether “ultimate                  AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Disease and Injury Causation. The
opinions” should be provided. This presentation will include a histor-              focus will be on psychological and neuropsychological assessment in
ical perspective on custody evaluation models, and will examine the                 personal injury cases but the standards and guidelines apply across the
current issues most often cited in the literature, including the use of             field of assessment. Attendees will be aware of the standard of care for
psychological tests, “the ultimate opinion,” attachment theory, family              the profession as set forth by the APA and AMA, and will be able to de-
of origin and research-based recommendations. Each of these issues                  crease the likelihood of bias by using explicit decision rules in assess-
will be explored as to their ability to stand up to cross examination. A            ment. Psychologists who are forewarned may take measures to preempt
research-based report and a survey of evaluators’ beliefs regarding re-             challenges to their assessment approach.
search-based recommendations will be shared.
                                                                                    Dr. Williams is a licensed psychologist in Washington, California,
Mark L. Goldstein, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist in the Chicago area.            Alaska, and British Columbia.
Dr. Barry Bricklin is a clinical psychologist, world-renowned expert on
child custody and author of numerous test instruments. Dr. Gail Elliott
is a clinical psychologist and collaborator with Dr. Barry Bricklin.
                                                                                    Diagnosing the whole patient: a forensic study
                                                                                    of a sleepwalking homicide
                                                                                    Samuel G. Benson, M.D., Ph.D.
Emotional intelligence in custody disputes
                                                                                    The presentation will discuss two recurring problems encountered in a
Allan Posthuma, Ph.D., Jeffrey Siegel, Ph.D., Mark Goldstein, Ph.D
                                                                                    psychiatrist’s thirty-five years of forensic experience—incomplete in-
Follow-up research to the Emotional Intelligence (EI) presentation of               vestigations of patient histories and narrow psychological diagnoses.
Dr. Posthuma at the 2010 Symposium of the College will be presented.                A case in which a young man bludgeoned his girlfriend to death and
Drs. Mark Goldstein and Jeffrey Siegel are collaborating with Dr.                   claimed he had committed the homicide while sleepwalking will be re-
Posthuma to gather EI data on a larger and more diverse normative sam-              viewed as an example. The steps in conducting a thorough history and
ple of custody litigants. Research indicates that parents with higher EI            the importance of differentiating and identifying behavioral symptoms
scores report more satisfactory, affectionate relationships, with less con-         and neurological causes will be reviewed, as well as consideration of
flict, than those with lower scores. Higher EI parents also demonstrate             comorbidities in a diagnosis. The use of objective testing in diagnosis
superior parenting skills and produce children with higher EI scores. In            and case preparation will be detailed, including brain scanning, and the
spite of this, Dr. Posthuma found a normal distribution of EI scores                potential of current innovations in health care systems will be discussed.
among parents in custody litigation. Less than 10% of divorcing parents
pursue contested custody litigation. This group often demonstrates sig-             Dr. Benson is in private practice in Walnut Creek, CA.
nificant personality problems. It is anticipated that the current litiga-
                                                                                    10:00-10:15 Coffee Break
tion will reveal some explanations for this apparent contradiction.
Drs. Posthuma, Goldstein and Siegel have conducted custody and ac-                  10:15-12:00
cess assessments for many years.                                                    Forensic skills workshop: the role of the psychologist
                                                                                    in civil and criminal litigation
                                                                                    Dr. Elliot Atkins, Art Donato, J.D.
5:30-7:00 Welcome Reception
                                                                                    A forensic skills forum will focus on issues in civil and criminal law that
                                                                                    interface with psychology and expert testimony by psychologists. This
is an interactive session involving moderator, panelists and audience                Room 2—Sex Offenders/Corrections (3 CE credits)
on advanced ethical and practice issues confronting the forensic psy-                1:30-2:15
chologist. Vignettes submitted to the panel by practicing forensic psy-              Do recidivism data and prediction strategies
chologists will be read aloud and discussed. The vignettes describe                  support sexual offender civil commitments?
problems and experiences that forensic psychologists often confront in               Joseph J. Plaud, Ph.D.
their practices and in court. Attendees will be exposed to a wide vari-
ety of forensic cases and problems in civil and criminal areas.                      Almost half of the American states as well as the federal government
                                                                                     have laws allowing for civil commitment of sexual offenders once their
Dr. Elliot Atkins (Moderator) is in private practice in Pennsylvania and             criminal sentences expire. This presentation will focus on the neces-
New Jersey. Panelist: Art Donato, J.D. is a criminal trial attorney in               sary elements enshrined in most civil commitment statutes and whether
Media, Pennsylvania. Additional panelists to be announced.                           at this time forensic psychologists and psychiatrists have the ability to
                                                                                     conclude that a sexual offender is likely to commit an additional sex-
12:00-1:30 Lunch Break (on your own)
                                                                                     ual offense if released from confinement. Current status of diagnostic
 1:30-4:30 Two Rooms
                                                                                     issues in these proceedings as well as actuarial methodology in light of
Room 1—Ethics and Practice Issues (3 CE credits)                                     ongoing research on sexual offender recidivism will also be discussed.
1:30-3:10                                                                            Joseph J. Plaud, Ph.D. is a clinical and forensic psychologist in Whi-
Medical decision-making in terminal illness                                          tinsville, Massachusetts.
Philip Kaushall, Ph.D. and Michael S. Evans, J.D., MSW
This interactive workshop will highlight the significant clinical, ethical           2:15-3:00
and legal issues that arise when a seriously ill person wants to die rather          A multifactorial approach
than suffer pain and indignities expected in a lingering or terminal ill-            to forensic assessment of sex offenders
ness. For example: Who is the client requiring the highest loyalty? How              Michael J Perrotti, Ph.D. and Raymond Anderson, Ph.D.
does one evaluate decision-making capacity, cognitive and emo-                       This presentation entails a novel comprehensive look at the measure-
tional? When capacity is in doubt, what authority may be given to ad-                ment and conceptualization of sex offenders, particularly those who
vance directives or a health care proxy? Fictional situations will be                have been accused, but with little corroborating evidence. Proper sta-
presented in which seriously ill patients face medical decisions and par-            tistical analysis of data, normative groups connected with specific types
ticipants will be challenged to consider various alternatives. Narratives            of sex offenders, as well as individuals accused of sexual offending will
will be distributed to participants in stages to simulate the realistic cas-         be addressed. Attendees will learn how to measure sexual deviance,
cade of medical scenarios. Participants will consider new facts at each              apply multiple domains of assessment to the area of sexual offending,
stage, address fresh issues, and identify any additional facts needed for            and what the characteristics of sexual offenders are. Derivation of treat-
acceptable decisions. Unresolved issues will be discussed.                           ment protocols for different types of sex offenders will be discussed.
Philip Kaushall Ph.D. is in private practice in San Diego. Michael S.                Michael J Perrotti, Ph.D. is in private practice in Yorba Linda, CA. Ray-
Evans J.D., MSW is a retired attorney and former social worker.                      mond Anderson, Ph.D., is in private practice in Van Nuys, CA.

3:10-3:50                                                                            3:00-3:45
Clinicians testifying in court and other forensic settings:                          Comparison of two screening measures
avoiding conflicts of interest                                                       of malingering in a medium security prison
Daniel S. Lobel, Ph.D.                                                               Ed Nadolny, Ph.D. and R. Tim O’Dell
When patients in treatment become involved with criminal or civil ac-                210 medium security inmates were screened for feigning psychiatric
tions their therapists are usually consulted and/or subpoenaed either by             symptoms using the SIMS and the M-FAST. Measures of central ten-
the patient or the prosecution. Asking therapists to write attestations or           dency were computed for inmates currently on active treatment, in-
affidavits, and therapists being used as collateral sources of information           mates with a history of treatment but none currently, and no psychiatric
by forensic agencies are examples. This creates a complex dilemma for                history. Correlation coefficients were computed between total and sub-
the clinician where legal, ethical and professional responsibilities may             scale scores of the two instruments, and percent measures of agreement
be in conflict as the clinician is compelled to respond to one or both               on feigning will be reported. Findings reflect moderate correlation of
parties. At the same time they must safeguard the patient’s privacy and              the total scores of the two instruments but poorer agreement on spe-
avoid incompatible dual relationships that can threaten the therapeutic              cific inmates feigning mental disorder. Use of multiple data points in as-
alliance. Case histories will be presented that demonstrate application              sessment of malingering and symptom embellishment remains
of principles focusing on negotiating the conflicting demands of the op-             essential. The practical costs of feigning will be discussed.
posing parties as well as prevention of ethical dilemmas.
                                                                                     Ed Nadolny, Ph.D. is Senior Psychologist at CCA’s La Palma Correc-
Daniel S. Lobel, Ph.D. is in full time private practice. He is an Assis-             tional Facility in Eloy, AZ. R. Tim O’Dell is Director of Addictions
tant Professor of Psychiatry at Mount Sinai School of Medicine.                      Treatment and Behavioral Programming, Corrections Corporation of
Expert witness hearings preparation for second-third                                 3:45-4:30
opinion and fitness for duty evaluations                                             Treatment of co-occurring disorders in an institutional
Ronn Johnson, Ph.D., ABPP                                                            setting using illness management and recovery
The role hearings play in forensic psychological evaluations conducted               Wilson Howe, Ph.D.
for law enforcement personnel is discussed. Several areas critical to the
                                                                                     The California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison at
evaluation process are examined with emphasis placed on common
                                                                                     Corcoran recently began an evidenced-based treatment program for se-
challenges to forensic psychology reports. Common problems found in
                                                                                     verely mentally ill inmates with substance dependency. This program
reports are reviewed. The presenter explores ethical issues in forensic
                                                                                     employs an illness management and recovery model, modified to fit
reports written for law enforcement selection, as well as implications for
                                                                                     the needs and circumstances of incarcerated patients. These modifica-
fitness for duty evaluations. The session concludes by identifying cul-
                                                                                     tions, along with challenges and opportunities inherent in using such a
tural factors that may play a part in evaluating applicants.
                                                                                     model in a correctional setting, are explored in this presentation.
Ronn Johnson, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor at the University of San
                                                                                     Wilson Howe is a psychologist at the California Substance Abuse Treat-
Diego. He has conducted thousands of psychological interviews for law
                                                                                     ment Facility and State Prison at Corcoran.
enforcement applicants for a variety of large law enforcement agencies.
                          Saturday, April 2                                         fictionalized and presented solely to educate the attending forensic psy-
7:15-8:00 Registration and Continental Breakfast                                    Roger Sharp, J.D. is an Attorney at Law in Scottsdale, Arizona and Salt
8:00-1:15 Criminal Issues/Expert Testimony (5 CE credits)                           Lake City, Utah. Jeff Campbell, J.D. is an Attorney at Law in Phoenix,
                                                                                    Arizona. Expert witnesses to be announced.
Borderline personality disorder and murder: areas                                                              Sunday, April 3
of consideration for forensic psychologists and lawyers                             7:15-8:00 Registration and Continental Breakfast
Elliot L. Atkins, Ed.D. and Michael T. Wiltsey, Ph.D.
                                                                                    8:00-12:10 Detecting Deception (4 CE credits)
An overview of the research concerning borderline personality disorder
and murder will be provided. The personality characteristics of the bor-            8:00-8:40
derline individual associated with violence and murder will be dis-                 Forensic polygraph: a bright line
cussed. Murder typologies commonly associated with individuals with                 between forensic and utility tests
borderline personality disorder will be reviewed. Murder cases involv-              Kenneth E. Blackstone
ing these individuals can present significant and complex psychologi-               Over a century ago, in response to Munsterberg’s “experimental psy-
cally relevant issues. The presenters will discuss those issues and their           chology cannot wish to imitate with its subtle methods the injustice of
relevance to various forensic psychological questions, such as mental               barbarous police methods,” Dean Wigmore retorted: if “there is ever
state at the time of the offense and mitigating factors.                            devised a psychological test for the valuation of witnesses, the law will
Elliot L. Atkins, Ed.D. has a private clinical, forensic and consulting             run to meet it.” Wigmore’s prophesy has yet to prove itself and it often
practice in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Michael T. Wiltsey, Ph.D. has              seems that the law has been running away from the polygraph. This has
responded to and investigated numerous death scenes as a crime scene                less to do with the validity of the polygraph procedure and more to do
investigator for twelve years.                                                      with the fact that organizations and experts have failed to draw a bright
                                                                                    line between what is forensic testing and what is utility testing. This
8:45-9:30                                                                           presentation will draw that bright line and describe proper protocols.
Criminal psychological profiling of cold cases                                      Kenneth Blackstone has conducted 15,000 examinations, been involved
John H. White, Ph.D.                                                                in 10,000 others, and has testified as an expert witness over 100 times.
Prosecuting defendants after a cold case investigation can be challeng-             He provides consultation for attorneys and forensic psychologists.
ing for both prosecuting and defense attorneys. In many cases, physi-               8:40-9:20
cal evidence is lacking and witnesses have either died or have difficulty
recalling information they provided several years ago. Therefore crim-
                                                                                    Everything I’m telling you is the truth—I’m lying
inal psychological profiling is sometimes used to identify a type of of-            Philip A. Hanger, Ph.D.
fender who could have committed the crime. Everyone who is involved                 This presentation will involve a discussion of the all too common re-
in a case in which profiling is used should be aware of the basic tenets            liance by alienists on defendant self-report as an unsubstantiated es-
of profiling, the terminology used, and the conceptual basis for the con-           tablishment of actual history. This erroneous practice can taint the
struction of the profile. After learning basic concepts, participants will          waters for other evaluators, clouding the historic record of mental ill-
have the opportunity to discuss a homicide case.                                    ness onset, past treatment, clinical diagnoses, learning disabilities,
                                                                                    childhood trauma, symptom manifestation, and substance use. An em-
John H. White, Ph.D., formerly a Dallas police officer, is a psycholo-
                                                                                    phasis is made on incorporating defendant self-report in a measured
gist in private practice and consultant to local police agencies.
                                                                                    manner, often as a means of describing competency and/or exaggera-
                                                                                    tion, as well as accepting variance in personal recall. The goal is to re-
                                                                                    mind the audience of experts to listen with the analytical ear of an
Navigating the criminal justice system for defendants                               alienist, rather than the accepting ear of a therapist.
with intellectual disabilities in capital cases
Daniel W. Close, Ph.D.                                                              Philip A. Hanger, Ph.D. is the Assistant Deputy Director for the County
                                                                                    of San Diego’s Behavioral Health Services.
This presentation discusses the problems faced by experts in cases
where persons with developmental disabilities are charged with capital              9:20-10:00
crimes. Utilizing case examples from actual criminal cases, the diffi-              Training laypersons to detect deception
culties and challenges that occur at the arrest, interrogation, case prepa-         in verbal narratives and exchanges
ration, court appearance, plea negotiation and sentencing stages will be            Sandra Elmgren, Ida Rystad, R. Edward Geiselman, Ph.D.
presented. Specifically, the session will describe the many challenges
that occur when evaluating, interviewing, and interacting with persons              Three experiments were conducted to identify a set of verbal, vocal,
with intellectual disabilities in capital crimes cases. Program partici-            and behavioral indicators of truthfulness and deception in oral narra-
pants will learn several techniques for interacting and communicating               tives, and to train laypersons to use these indicators for judging truth-
with defendants with developmental disabilities. A new professional                 fulness. With limited training on the most reliable indicators derived
role, the Forensic Special Educator, will be proposed that integrates the           from the experiments, most laypersons did not improve their judgment
state of the practice in special education and developmental disabili-              accuracy. Practical implications of the results are discussed. Attendees
ties, with best practices in the field of forensic psychology.                      will learn about the most reliable indicators of deception and potential
                                                                                    problems created from insufficient training.
Daniel W. Close, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor and Director of the
Family and Human Services Program at the University of Oregon.                      At the time of this research, the first two authors were students at
                                                                                    UCLA. Dr. R. Edward Geiselman has served as a Professor of Psy-
                                                                                    chology at UCLA for the past 32 years.
10:15-10:30 Coffee Break
                                                                                    10:00-10:15 Coffee Break
Mock trial                                                                          10:15-10:55
Roger Sharp, J.D., Jeff Campbell, J.D.                                              Use of the MMPI-2 Fake Bad Scale in forensic psychology
                                                                                    John W. Podboy, Ph.D. and Albert J. Kastl, Ph.D.
The mock trial will focus on the direct and cross-examination of the
psychologists as expert witnesses. All of the College’s mock trials are             The Lees-Haley Fake Bad Scale was developed in 1991 in response to
                                                                                    the need to detect malingering in forensic evaluations. The presenta-
tion will review the items comprising this scale, its development, re-               Goal: The goal of this symposium is to keep forensic psychologists
search base and limitations. The scale depends, in part, on simulated                abreast of important issues which lie within the interface of psy-
malingerers, which should be distinguished from known malingerers.                   chology and law, recent developments in psychology that require
Also to be considered are differential scores of males and females, the              new knowledge for expert witnesses, and new case law affecting
high rate of classification of malingerers, difficulties in determining a            forensic practice. Target Audience: The program is intended to
cut-off score. Suggestions for determining malingering will be offered.              benefit practicing forensic psychologists, psychologists in other
Drs. Podboy and Kastl are both in private practice of clinical and foren-            subspecialties, and attorneys who litigate civil and criminal cases in-
sic psychology in northern California.                                               volving psychological evaluations and expert testimony. Objec-
                                                                                     tives: Participants should improve their knowledge and skills in the
                                                                                     following areas: (a) evaluation or treatment of forensic litigants and
                                                                                     individuals with other forensic psychological issues; (b) new and
A common pitfall in forensic reports and testimony                                   ongoing research and developments in the field of forensic psy-
Ines Monguio, Ph.D.                                                                  chology; (c) relevant concepts useful in testifying and educating the
Psychologists are taught in school that constructs are not “real,” and               court on mental health issues, and in working within the legal sys-
that personality is a construct. Perhaps believing that tests “measure”              tem; (d) changes in the law that affect clinical and forensic prac-
personality reinforces the fantasy, but we are only describing long-                 tice; (e) legal and psychological aspects involving the mentally
standing patterns of behaviors. Particularly in forensic settings, this re-          disordered inmate in correctional facilities.
ality must be made clear to attorneys, judges and jurors. Behaviors must             San Diego and The Westgate Hotel: San Diego in the Spring—a
be described as such, and personality never given as an explanatory,                 lovely time to visit! Mild temperatures, sunny days…The timeless
much less a causal, factor. Attendees should be able to identify common              and classically elegant Westgate Hotel is located in the heart of the
pitfalls in writing or talking about personality in forensic reports or tes-         vibrant downtown shopping, entertainment, and historic Gaslamp
timony, and apply sound and supportable arguments for linking long                   Quarter. The Westgate is within short walking distance of many ex-
standing patterns of adjustment/behavior to common referral questions.               cellent restaurants, and close to Balboa Park with its many museums
Ines Monguio, Ph.D. has been in clinical and forensic practice for 20                and the San Diego Zoo, Seaport Village, Sea World and the beauti-
years. She specializes in neuropsychology and medical psychology.                    ful beaches north of San Diego. The Westgate Hotel was awarded
                                                                                     the AAA Four Diamond Award for the past three years. The lobby,
11:35-12:10                                                                          meeting rooms, and intimate dining areas showcase eighteenth-cen-
The criminal woman: enabled by cultural stereotypes?                                 tury antiques, Baccarat crystal chandeliers, French tapestries, harpist
Daisy K. Switzer, Ph.D.                                                              during high tea, and one of the first five Steinway pianos made. The
                                                                                     Plaza Bar was voted San Diego’s Best Piano Bar. In addition to an
In the criminal evaluation of women (including psychopathic women),                  excellent restaurant, the hotel also has a gourmet delicatessen. The
an expert is occasionally hindered by cultural stereotypes that refuse to            guestrooms are said to be the largest in downtown San Diego. You
accept women as criminals. While many women act as codefendants                      can catch the red electric trolley behind the hotel to get to Seaport
with more obvious predatory men, there are females who can be de-                    Village, the Gaslamp Quarter (both also within walking distance of
scribed as psychopathic and who act alone. The subject will cover some               the hotel), Little Italy, Historic Old Town, and many other places.
examples, evolution of laws with regard to filicide, assessment issues,
and “selling points” for those times when one is working for a team                  Hotel Reservations: We have secured a block of rooms for the Col-
that has trouble with the concept of criminal women.                                 lege at The Westgate Hotel at a special rate of $215 per night for a
                                                                                     Premier room. You may call the hotel’s reservation department toll-
Daisy Switzer is a forensic psychologist specializing in evaluation of               free at 1-800-524-4802. The hotel’s direct telephone number is 1-
criminal defendants and life-term prison inmates.                                    619-238-1818. You must identify yourself as part of the College to
                                                                                     secure the preferred rate. You may also go to our web site:
                                                                            for a link to make your hotel reservation
                                                                                     online. The hotel is located at 1055 Second Avenue, San Diego, CA
         The foregoing program is a “preliminary program”                            92101. Room reservations must be received by March 9, 2011.
    and additions/deletions are to be expected in the presentations                  Reservations made after March 9 are subject to availability at the
    and scheduling of talks. The final program will be distributed                   prevailing hotel rate which will be considerably higher than the
              to all registrants just prior to the meeting.
                                                                                     group rate.

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