If you would like to know more about the intersection of law, criminal justice, and behavioral health, you should check out the weekly Law and Mental Health Webinar Series offered by the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. Speakers represent 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 upcoming programs is available on this calendar. October’s topics include Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and reducing bias in clinical judgment in forensic evaluations. On Nov. 22, Dr. Shawn Acheson of Asheville will present on Traumatic Brain Injuries.
This program was created to meet the need for a free and accessible resource that provides consistent training in best practices in forensic mental health assessment and policy, both for trainees pursuing training as forensic mental health professionals and as continuing education for licensed clinicians who are currently in practice. The Law and Mental Health Series forms an important component of the UNM Postdoctoral Fellowship in Forensic Psychology program, and training for the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences psychiatry residents and psychology interns.
An extensive library of recorded previous sessions is available here.