Friday, December 4, 2009

ACPN conference Feb 26-28: Forensic neuropsychologist workshop on death penalty litigation cases

The American College of Professional Neuropsychology annual conference is this Feb 26-28 in Las Vegas.  One of the half-day workshops is focused on forensic neuropsychology in death penalty litigation cases.  Below is a description of the workshop.

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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