Ohio Forensic Directors 2022 Annual Forensic Training 9-29-2022

On September 29, 2022, the Ohio Forensic Directors will offer a virtual 3.0-hour training as part of the ongoing series of training events for forensic evaluators at our centers and to our professional partners in the community.

9-29-2022 from 9:30 to 12:45 Dr. Ben Sibler will be discussing:

Aggravated Murder and Serious Mental Illness: Practical Assessment Guidance for Ohio’s New Law
The training objectives for this conference are:
  • To familiarize and educate legal examiners about the language of the court in ORC 2929.025, concerning defendants with severe mental illness in regard to the death penalty.
  • To familiarize legal examiners with the process of conducting an evaluation in response to the court’s order for a 2929.025 evaluation.
  • To provide legal examiners with a protocol they can use to thoroughly address all the key elements of a 2929.025 evaluation.

This topic arose out of the recent changes in Ohio law regarding individuals diagnosed with severe mental illness at the time of the offense, or afterward who are involved in a death-penalty eligible offense.

Benjamin Silber is a licensed clinical psychologist based out of Little Rock, Arkansas. Following specialized training in psychological assessment and forensic evaluation at Patton State Hospital (California), he completed a predoctoral internship at the federal correctional complex in Butner, NC where he received further training in forensic psychology and the treatment of serious mental illness. He completed a formal postdoctoral fellowship in forensic psychology at the Arkansas State Hospital and obtained a position as a forensic psychologist there the following year. That same year, he also started Expert Psychological Evaluations, his forensic psychology private practice. Dr. Silber has a tireless and dedicated passion for forensic psychology and continues to pursue advanced training and new opportunities whenever and wherever available. He brings his enthusiasm, energy, and conscientiousness to every evaluation and referral. Dr. Silber is certified as a Specialist on the American Board of Professional Psychology in Forensic Psychology and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Psychology.

This training is free for affiliates of our certified centers and is available for a registration fee for those who are not sponsored by a center.

To register for the conference, click here: https://forensicevaluationservicecenter.org/2022ceform/

The registration fee for those who are not Legal Examiners at a forensic center is $135. Students are free of charge.

After you have registered, you can pay $135 via PAY PAL:  https://www.paypal.com/invoice/p/#8M2C28GM2QVPE884

We have applied for OPA-MCE-approved credits for psychologists, CEs for social workers, CMEs for physicians, and CLEs for attorneys. Thank you to our partners at Ohio MHAS for helping out with the CEs.

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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