Recap of the Annual Ohio Forensic Directors Conference

We really want to thank this year’s speakers Dr. Maureen Reardon and Dr. Shaun Acheson, and all of our poster presenters. We also want to acknowledge the work of Amber Watkins and her team from CONCEPT who delivered an excellent two-day presentation for approximately 80 participants and Drs. Kara Marciani, and Erin Nichting for their efforts.

We are pleased to announce that Ashley H. VanDercar, MD, JD was the winner of our poster presentation. Her topic “Mens Rea, Sanity, and Kahler v. Kansas; implications for Ohio” tied in nicely with the conference topics. The votes were very close, and we felt all of the presenters did a great job. Thank you for your contributions.

While this year’s conference was not in-person, and many of you commented on that, it was still great to see and hear colleagues asking great questions and thinking critically about this year’s topics.

If you are an Ohio Psychological Association MCE program member, please SEND your CONCEPT Continuing Education Certificates to OPA-MCE to credit your account. They will not be automatically sent this year. You can email (or mail) your scanned certificates to and you will be credited for your APA-approved CEs and they will count as completed forensic and ethics hours. If you need more information about the OPA-MCE program you can find more about them here.

Please join us in our upcoming educational opportunities. We will be posting here and hopefully be back in person, very soon.

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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