March 10 | 8:00 am - 11:45 am

Presenters: 

Danielle Rynczak, JD, PsyD, ABPP | University of Massachusetts Medical School
Lara Guzman-Hosta, PsyD | Metro Boston Court Clinics
Natalie Anumba, PhD | University of Massachusetts Medical School

Workshop Information:

Workshop leaders will review the literature on the relevance of REC data to forensic mental health assessments, highlighting the research limitations in the field. The workshop will highlight ways in which clinicians can elicit REC data in a forensic context and how it is important for such data to be collected before its relevance its decided. Subsequently the presenters will facilitate small group discussions utilizing a hypothetical case. The case discussion will focus on aspects such as data gathering, decision making about what REC data is relevant to present, and how to communicate results with the court. The workshop will conclude with a brief reflection by the presenters summarizing the experiences in the small group discussions and forward steps for practicing forensic clinicians interested in advancing their skills addressing REC issues in psycholegal contexts.

Goals and Objectives:

1. Participants will identify three ways in which REC and aspects of identity can be incorporated into a forensic mental health formulation.

2. Participants will identify at least two practical ways in which to communicate about cultural data in a case in a legal context such as in testimony, or in report writing.2) Participants will be able to identify at least four types of data or questions to elicit cultural information during an interview.

3. Participants will identify at least two practical ways in which to communicate about cultural data in a case in a legal context such as in testimony, or in report writing.

Skill Level: 

Participants can be of any level, though basic knowledge of assessment principles is useful.

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