If you are free at 1 pm on Nov. 22, tune into the Law and Mental Health Webinar series offered by the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. Dr. Shawn Acheson of Asheville will be presenting on brain injuries and the use of concussion as a mitigating factor in capital murder cases. If you aren’t available on Tuesday, a recording of the program will be available in the extensive library of recorded previous sessions, available here.
The webinar will describe the types and mechanisms of traumatic brain injury and their prevalence in general and criminal populations. Additionally, Dr. Acheson will describe procedures for assessing concussion and typical time course and outcomes associated with concussion. Finally, there will be a discussion of the relevance of concussion to capital case mitigation.
The webinar series features weekly speakers representing a variety of fields including forensic psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, public defenders, and judges. The presentations are open to everyone who would like to attend. Contact Hsc-LawMentalHealth@salud.unm.edu to register for the series and sign up for a listserv to stay updated on upcoming programs. Information about additional programs is available on this calendar.