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Pre-conference workshops

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

9.15am - 12.45pm
Workshop 1: Understanding homicide-suicide
James Knoll

Homicide-suicide is the phenomenon in which an individual kills one or more people and subsequently commits suicide, usually within a short period of time. It is a rare but catastrophic event that occurs around the globe. This lecture will cover the latest research and literature on homicide – suicide. Participants will become familiar with the most widely accepted typology of homicide – suicide.

The second half of the workshop will cover mass murder – suicide, a subtype of homicide – suicide. Participants will become familiar with the latest research on mass murder – suicide, and proposed preventive methods. The lecture will focus on the psychology of individual case studies, as well as the socio-cultural underpinnings of mass shootings occurring since the 90s. The very public and dramatic nature of mass murder suggests a need for recognition from an audience. Mullen’s hypothesis about a “western cultural script” will be explored and extended to posit a western cultural script of the “Tragic Anti-Hero.”

9.15am - 12.45pm
Workshop 2: Assessing and intervening with young people in youth justice systems
James Ogloff

With the rising complexity of youth justice clients, and displays of heretofore unseen brutality and callousness, it is critical that mental health professionals who work with young offenders understand them. Moreover, it is important that they are aware of the assessment and intervention tools and modalities that are available for them. In this workshop, facilitators will be provided with an overview of youth offending, drawing on the presenter’s keynote address. Time will be spent highlighting and critiquing existing general offending and offence specific risk assessment measures (e.g., YLS/CMI, SAVRY, ERASOR, J-SOAP II, RST, andPCL:YV). Effective intervention models, relying on both individual and group modalities, will be identified and discussed (e.g., multi-systemic therapy, CBT based offence specific and offence related programs, and trauma informed models). Attention will be paid as well to young offenders’ mental health presentations and need for remediation. Participants will obtain a framework, along with an understanding of assessment tools and effective intervention approaches for young people. Although it will not be the focus of the presentation, matters pertaining to the radicalisation and terrorist risk of young people will also be noted.

1.45pm - 5.15pm
Workshop 3: Forensic ethics: Toward a commong language and process
Philip Candilis

Through analysis and discussion of seminal ethics cases, this workshop will offer a specific terminology and structure for deciding ethical dilemmas. The workshop asks whether practitioners can arrive at a common language and process for applying the ethics of our sub-specialty. By reviewing the concepts of “the hired gun,” “dual agency,” “striving for objectivity,” and “the meaning of professionalism,” participants will explore an analytic process applicable to a broad range of ethical dilemmas. Cases will range from the controversies at Guantanamo Bay to the challenges of correctional psychiatry.

1.45pm - 5.15pm
Workshop 4: The perils, attractions and pitfalls of the adversarial system (in law), and the travails of the expert witness
Anthony Daniels

We are often called as expert witnesses, both in civil and criminal matters. We are supposed to be helping the court, and not to be advocating one side or the other, But us is difficult not to be caught up in a ‘team’, for example anticipating objections and overcoming them even if there is some substance to them. Schopenhauer remarked on how we were inclined to defend our opinions against criticism even when we suspect or know that that criticism is correct. Our pride is greater than our respect for the truth. We may also be moved by sympathy to extend a case. We need to be aware of the temptations open to us – including, but not only, financial ones.

Please note: Fees for optional workshops are not included in the conference fee; please see the program and registration brochure for workshop charges. Workshops will only proceed if minimum numbers are reached, and have limited numbers; places will be allocated in order of receipt of booking