LIVE: Advanced Training in Maternal Mental Health Forensics and Courtroom Testimony

April 17, 2024  |  9:00 AM - 1:00 PM Pacific

Presented By Gina Wong, PhD | Diana Lynn Barnes, PsyD
Gina Wong, PhD Diana Lynn Barnes, PsyD

April 17, 2024
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM Pacific

4 Hours

$250 Registration | $200 Early Registration (through April 3rd)

Diana Lynn Barnes, PsyD, and Gina Wong, PhD present a live professional training program Advanced Training in Maternal Mental Health Forensics and Courtroom Testimony. This is the fourth program in the Maternal mental Health and Its Application to Forensics: Training the Expert Witness series.

This program provides hands-on techniques and strategies for preparing courtroom testimony through analysis of case transcripts and written reports from instructors’ case files. Didactic and experiential learning is emphasized, as well as the significance of educating the judiciary about the fundamentals of maternal mental illness and its psychiatric underpinnings.

This advanced program is practice and experiential-based, including role-play, small group discussions, and didactic learning focusing on preparing expert witnesses for courtroom testimony in maternal filicide cases. All licensed mental health practitioners, including psychologists, psychiatrists, counselors, social workers, and MFTs, are suitable for this training.

Maternal mental Health and Its Application to Forensics: Training the Expert Witness

Series Overview: More psychiatric admissions are around the childbearing years than at any other time in the female life cycle. Women’s reproductive mental health is a highly specialized field of study with an increasingly critical role in the arena of criminal justice. This four-program series introduces participants to the foundations of maternal mental health as it applies to forensics and women who are criminally charged for harm to their child/children. Each program furthers the current empirically based understanding of maternal mental health forensics as well as promotes accepted standards and protocols in this emerging specialty. This series advances fundamental clinical, legal, and sociocultural perspectives in addition to encouraging critical dialogue in this evolving field. Basic diagnosis and assessment, the expert witness's role in evaluation and report writing, and advanced training in expert testimony is included. Case analysis and discussion are integral parts of the didactic learning inherent in this program.

Programs in this series include:

  1. Basic Diagnosis and Assessment of Maternal Mental Illness in the Forensic Arena
  2. Role of the Expert Witness in Establishing the Relationship Between Maternal Mental Illness & Criminally Charged Behaviour
  3. Advanced Issues in Maternal Mental Health Forensics
  4. Advanced Training in Maternal Mental Health Forensics and Courtroom Testimony

  5. Program Materials

    The materials listed below are not included with the program purchase and must be purchased separately.

    Strongly Recommended
    Foundational Texts

Presented By

Gina Wong, PhD

Dr. Gina Wong, Ph.D., is a Registered Psychologist in Alberta, Canada, and a professor in the Faculty of Health Disciplines at Athabasca University. She specializes in perinatal mental health and has a program of research focused on perinatal mood and anxiety disorders and is an educator on the topi...

Presented By

Diana Lynn Barnes, PsyD

Dr. Diana Lynn Barnes, Psy.D., PMH-C, LMFT practices in Los Angeles, California. She has been a forensic expert in the specialized area of maternal mental illness for over 20 years. She is frequently retained by defense counsel on cases of pregnancy denial and neonaticide, postpartum psychosis, and ...

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this program you will be able to:

Describe the role of childhood trauma and its connection to altruistic filicide cases through case examples

Describe the implications of intergenerational trauma on attachment security and its relationship to impoverished brain development and lower executive functioning skills

Identify the symptom presentation and the demographic profile of women with unperceived pregnancies

Demonstrate an understanding of how the birth of a baby can act as a catalyst for criminal behavior that does not involve infanticide (e.g., kidnapping, homicide of other victims)

Describe the relationship between a woman’s reproductive history and later psychiatric illnesses that increases vulnerability to criminal behavior

Identify the differences in motivations between paternal and maternal filicide cases through evidence-based research and actual cases

Describe the media's role in public perception of maternal and paternal filicide cases


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