Association for Behavior Analysis International

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38th Annual Convention; Seattle, WA; 2012

Workshop Details

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Workshop #W80
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
Forensic Behavior Analysis and Expert Testimony: Applications to the Legal Arena
Saturday, May 26, 2012
8:00 AM–11:00 AM
212 (Convention Center)
Area: PRA/DDA; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: W. Joseph Wyatt, Ph.D.
W. JOSEPH WYATT (Marshall University)
Description: The workshop applies a behavioral perspective to common forensic activities and will be helpful to the behaviorally trained practitioner who may feel overwhelmed upon walking into the forensic arena. For optimal utility, the training will focus on behaviors (e.g., criminality, disabilities), practitioner activities (e.g., assessment, functional analyses), and courtroom activities (e.g., direct and cross-examination) common to all jurisdictions. Content derives from the presenter's years as a behaviorally oriented board certified forensic psychologist who has provided testimony and consultation in hundreds of cases ranging from murder and partner abuse to assessment of developmental disabilities. Limitations relative to differences in state laws will be addressed as will ethical guidelines and standards.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this workshop, participants should be able to:

Describe, in behavioral terms, common forensic activities including assessment of competence to stand trial and criminal responsibility

Assess for malingering

Functionally analyze a number of behaviors including murder, chronic fire setting, shoplifting, obscene phone calls, and repetitive return to an abusive partner

Identify skills that will help them better cope with cross-examination

Activities: The workshop will be conducted in a didactic/interactive style that includes a number of participant exercises deriving from cases within the presenter's files and high-profile forensic cases such as that of the DC Beltway sniper.
Audience: Participants should be doctoral and master's level practitioners who are involved in the court/legal arenas, or who anticipate being so involved. It also will be useful to faculty members who anticipate that their students may someday be involved in forensic activities such as forensic assessment, expert testimony, and the like.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Basic



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