If you’re going to be up in the Pacific Northwest in May and want to get your Continuing Education in a picturesque setting, you’re invited to my full-day workshop on forensic diagnosis, sponsored by the Eastern Oregon Psychological Association. The event is their 26th annual Wallowa Lake Conference, at the Eagle Cap Chalet in scenic Joseph, Oregon, on the edge of the Eagle Cap Wilderness:
Psychiatric diagnoses are often reified in legal contexts in order to advance practical objectives, from longer (or shorter) prison sentences to monetary damages to civil detention. With stakes so high, it is no wonder that lynchpin diagnoses in the expanding niches of forensic and correctional psychology are sparking controversy. This workshop will begin with a brief overview of diagnostic systems and issues of diagnostic reliability and validity. The remainder of the workshop will focus on diagnoses of primary import in forensic contexts. These include (1) antisocial personality disorder and psychopathy, (2) the sexual paraphilias, and (3) novel psychiatric disorders. We will explore the implications of proposed modifications in the upcoming fifth edition of the DSM. The workshop will assist practitioners in understanding current controversies surrounding forensic use of DSM diagnoses. Participants will gain tools to help them use diagnoses in an ethical and professionally defensible manner.
More information and a downloadable registration form are available at the Oregon Psychological Association’s website.