Session 2: Practicing in the Shadow of the Courts: Legal Issues for Mental Health Professionals

Egg Harbor, WI US
July 21, 2014 to July 25, 2014

Every mental health practitioner confronts forensic cases throughout one’s career. We have all been involved with clients/patients involved in divorce, personal injury, maltreatment, substance abuse, and related cases. This workshop will address how to work with and understand clients/patients involved in these types of cases.  We will focus not only on legal dynamics, but also on ethics, malingering, custody issues, models for evaluation, utility of psychological testing, and related mental health concerns.  We will conclude with a mock trial to highlight some of the major issues.

Monday Basics of forensic psychology; Ethics, subpoenas, testimony, and interacting with courts and attorneys;  Record keeping, files, and confidentiality; Rules of evidence
Tuesday Separation and divorce: Alternate dispute resolution models, child custody evaluations; Research about the effects of divorce, alienation, attachment, and removal cases
Wednesday Personal injury/worker's compensation: Damages, liability, malingering, evaluation techniques, discovery, records, secondary gain, effects of mental illness
Thursday Intimate partner violence: Recent research, recognition, and assessment; Impact of domestic violence on children; Substance and child abuse; Interven-tions for victims, perpetrators, and their children
Friday Testing: Forensic circumstances,  construction, standardization, psychometrics, reliability, validity, scoring, and interpretation; Mock trial

Accreditation and Designation of Credit:
The Medical College of Wisconsin is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Medical College of Wisconsin designates this live activity for a maximum of 15 AMA PRA Category 1 Creditstm. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The Medical College of Wisconsin designates this activity for up to 15 hours of participation for continuing education for allied health professionals.

The Medical College of Wisconsin is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. MCW maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This activity contains content or processes that may be potentially stressful.

The Medical College of Wisconsin is registered with the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation as a Continuing Education Sponsor for social workers (license number 159-000664).

Application for CME credit has been filed with the American Academy of Family Physicians. Determination of credit is pending.

Tuition includes course materials and continental breakfast.

​Purchase an additional session and receive a $100.00 discount. Use coupon code: +DCSI

Please note: A $1.00 processing fee is assessed for all electronic registrations.



Target Audience

This advanced seminar is geared to mental health and health professionals.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn the ethics, rules of evidence, and legal dynamics of forensic cases
  • Understand custody, placement, court proceedings, alienation, attachment, re-moval cases, and related research in family law cases
  • Learn about damages, liability, malingering, and mental health issues in personal injury cases
  • Recognize the dynamics of maltreatment cases (intimate partner and domestic violence, sexual abuse, and physical abuse)
Additional information


Brenda Konczal
Phone Number: 
+1 (414) 955-7250
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 15.00 AAFP
    AAFP credit.
  • 15.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
    AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
  • 15.00 APA
    APA credit.
  • 15.00 Hours of Participation
    Hours of Participation credit.
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
07/21/2014 - 9:00am
Event ends: 
07/25/2014 - 12:15pm
Parent activity set: 
The Landmark Resort and Conference Center
4929 Landmark Drive
Egg Harbor, WI 54209
United States

The Landmark Resort

4929 Landmark Drive
Egg Harbor, Wisconsin 54209
Reservations (800) 273-7877

Marc Ackerman, PhD, is a clinical and forensic psychologist with involvement in over 2500 legal cases.  He is a Professor and Chair of the Forensic Psychology program at the WI School of Professional Psychology.    Dr. Ackerman has authored or coauthored 16 editions of books, published dozens of articles and chapters, and has given over 150 workshops and seminars.

Jonathan Gould, PhD, is a forensic psychologist specializing in family law. He provides review/critique services to attorneys assessing forensic psychological reports. Dr. Gould has written five books, several book chapters, and several dozen peer-reviewed articles on child custody.

Nancy Olesen, PhD, has conducted over 150 child custody and dependency evaluations in California and has provided expert testimony in child custody cases.  She has taught courses in child custody issues such as abuse, domestic violence, and attachment.  She has collaborated on a number of professional articles and served on the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges.

Jay Flens, PsyD, is a clinical and forensic psychologist in Valrico, FL. He has published several peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on psychological testing and child custody. Dr. Flens is a member of the APA, Association of Family and Concilia-tion Courts, and is a fellow in the Society for Personality Assessment and the American Academy of Forensic Psychology.

All persons in control of content have NO relevant financial relationships to disclose.


Available Credit

  • 15.00 AAFP
    AAFP credit.
  • 15.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
    AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
  • 15.00 APA
    APA credit.
  • 15.00 Hours of Participation
    Hours of Participation credit.


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