42nd Annual Ohio Forensic Directors Continuing Education Conference – CANCELED

The 2020 Ohio Forensic Directors Conference will NOT be held this year.

This two-day conference, which would have also included the Makey-Sokolov Poster Presentations and awards was designed to offer a forensic mental health continuing education opportunity to those professionals in Ohio who are affiliated with the accredited forensic evaluation centers.


The Association is also pleased to be able to offer this training to those interested professionals who are not affiliated with a forensic center, but are seeking this type of professional education.

Our 2020 speakers are Maureen Reardon, Ph.D. ABPP, Clinical and Forensic Psychologist and President, American Board of Forensic Psychology; and Shawn K. Acheson, Ph.D. Clinical and Forensic Neuropsychologist at Clinical Neuroscience Services of WNC in Asheville, NC, and Duke University.

Drs. Reardon and Acheson are going to be presenting together on Day 1.

Pharmacology and Mental State Evaluations – Day 1 – April 9th is a full-day presentation by Dr. Maureen Reardon and Dr. Shawn K. Acheson

Recreational drugs are common in criminal activity and can exert potent effects on cognition, affect, and behavioral control. This workshop provides an introduction to the neuropsychopharmacology of recreational drugs of abuse (e.g., alcohol, sedatives, stimulants, opiates, and hallucinogens), with particular emphasis on alcohol and stimulants given their ubiquity in criminal activity.   First discussed are the effects of various substances, and combinations thereof, on mental state.  Next, strategies for disentangling the effects of various substances from underlying mental conditions will be provided.  Lastly, the relevance of substance-related altered mental states to evaluations of criminal responsibility in Ohio are discussed and illustrated via case vignettes.

Practical Strategies & Ethical Considerations for Formulating Sanity Opinions – Day 2 – April 10th is a half-day presentation from Dr. Reardon.

This workshop will build upon Day 1 by identifying the essential data sources and methods of evaluating a defendant’s understanding of the wrongfulness of the alleged acts, while highlighting relevant ethical considerations from referral, to evaluation, to testimony. 

This conference is open to all forensic mental health and criminal justice professionals. To register please go to https://2020forensicdirectorsconference.bpt.me/. The cost to attend both days is $275 to those professionals who are not affiliated with an accredited Ohio Forensic Center. To register for Thursday only the cost is $165 and for Friday only is $110.

If you are a Legal Examiner at one of our ten accredited centers, please see your supervisor for the registration code for your center.

If you would like to cancel your registration prior to March 15th, you can do so in writing by contacting the conference planner. Your cancelation will then be confirmed via email. After March 15th, all registrations are considered confirmed and payment is required regardless of attendance. You may also transfer your registration to a colleague, but you are required to make that arrangement prior to April 8th at 4:00 PM with the conference planner via email.

Note that we will be applying for continuing education credits for MDs, Psychologists, RNs, LSW/LPCC and for CLEs. There will be no partial credit given for any psychologist that does not complete the entire day’s program (i.e. all day Thursday or half-day Friday). Other professions can get partial credit. We will also be applying for ETHICS credits for Psychologists for the 1/2 day program on Friday.

Both days’ tuition includes breakfast. Lunch will be provided on Thursday, and there will be a happy hour available at the hotel for those attending the Sokolov/Makey Poster Session, immediately following the Thursday program.

The Embassy Suites Dublin will offer rooms at a conference rate of $129.00/night. Rooms will be available until the group block is booked or March 15, 2020, whichever comes first. Call the hotel at 614-790-9000 and request the AOF Group Rate or book at the following website:

Published by Ohio Forensic Evaluation Center Directors Association

We offer Ohio's Courts of Common Pleas and the other criminal justice and mental health related services in our regions evidence-based, expertly crafted mental health opinions, and promote the ideals of objectivity and excellence in all forensic evaluation opinions proffered. We strive to promote this standard through the work of our centers and to our colleagues and consultants outside of our centers through training and supervision. Further, we never fail to consider the community's safety, as well as the individual's need for the most clinically appropriate interventions, as we are crafting these opinions and conducting our training. Additionally, we serve our colleagues in the state hospitals, the prison system and the state and county Mental Health and Addiction Services Boards, Developmental Disability Boards, Probation Departments and Municipal Courts to find effective solutions to many of our risk of violence and community mental health safety issues. We are proud to serve the courts of Ohio, and appreciate the ongoing recognition we receive for our work.

3 thoughts on “42nd Annual Ohio Forensic Directors Continuing Education Conference – CANCELED

  1. This conference is presently scheduled on the first two days of Passover and Good Friday. Is this correct? What else will be offered to people to get these forensic hours if not able to attend?

  2. I am not sure how the response addresses the choice to schedule the conference over two major religions holidays, with no more regularity of it being during the long standing time in June, but I do appreciate the offer to provide the list of similar training opportunities. Please provide the link to this information for all.

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