Friday February 26, 2010 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Course A. What the Forensic Neuropsychologist Needs to Know about Death Penalty Litigation
Presenter: Thomas J. Reidy, Ph.D., ABPP
Description: This workshop will explore the unique psycho-legal issues at capital sentencing broadly divided into mitigation and violence risk assessment. A U.S. Dept. of Justice science based formulation will be used to demonstrate the nexus between adverse developmental trajectory and adult outcome. The scientific basis for violence risk assessment unique to a prison context will be demonstrated, as well as the methodological and conceptual errors made by mental health professionals at capital sentencing. The discussion of mitigation and risk assessment will include issues of relevance to neuropsychologists.
Goals & Objectives Participants will be able to:
1. Describe the difference between criminal responsibility and moral culpability in a capital context;
2. Recognize the role of adverse developmental and neuropsychological factors in mitigation; and
3. Identify the special considerations and errors in violence risk assessment at capital sentencing
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