Association of Forensic Center Directors Announces the 2021 Annual Conference & Poster Presentation

This will be a virtual conference offered through our program partner, Concept Continual & Professional Studies. The cost of this 10-hour CEU course is $100 for both days. Register here if you are not affiliated with an Ohio forensic center. If you are affiliated with a forensic center – contact your director for a registration link, specific to your agency.

Once you are registered through Concept for this event, you will receive the login information and instructions at the same email you used for registration. The email will instruct you on how to participate in this two-day event. After you create an account with Concept, add them to your safe-sender list (so their emails do not go into your junk/spam folder). Remember your login and password so that you can access your registration dashboard, even if you can’t find the registration email. Your Concept dashboard will also have links to the handouts and the video-access links you need to join the program.

This year we are pleased to bring back the two-day conference format, albeit virtually and the poster presentations. The full-day program will be on April 29th and will include the Makey-Sokolov Poster Presentations. The half-day program will be on April 30th.

The conference will be virtual but will have the same level of excellent forensic mental health – legal continuing education opportunities that you have come to expect. This program is designed to provide education for those professionals in Ohio who are affiliated with the accredited forensic evaluation centers but anyone with a professional interest in this field is invited.

Deadline for applications for the poster presentation is March 15th, 2021 at 4:00 p.m.

The two-day program will be held on APRIL 29th & 30th, 2021. Registration costs and instructions will be posted here when registration opens.

Our 2021 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 29th is a full-day presentation by Dr. Maureen Reardon and Dr. Shawn K. Acheson starting at 9:30 AM (EST) and going until 5:00 PM with breaks, and qualifying for a total of 6.0 contact hours.

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, and then consideration of the legal implications.  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 criminal responsibility evaluations in Ohio will be discussed and illustrated via case vignettes.

Practical Strategies & Ethical Considerations for Formulating Sanity Opinions – Day 2 – April 30th is a half-day presentation from Dr. Reardon starting at 8:00 AM (EST) and going until 12:30 PM with a break, for a total of 4.0 contact hours.

This second day is also a stand-alone workshop but will build upon the material from 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. 

Registration will open soon and can be found on the Concept website. That link will be here when registration opens.

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

Note: Continuing Education credits are now APPROVED for MDs, Psychologists**, RNs, LSW/LPCC, and Attorneys. **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 have confirmed that ETHICS credit has been approved for the second (half-day) session, as well.

To Register (if you are not affiliated with a forensic center) go here:

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.

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