Child Murder by Parents

Child Murder by Parents


4 Hours | 4 CE


Program Description

This lecture of Child Murder by Parents is presented by Dr. Phillip Resnick. Andrea Yates and Susan Smith have increased public awareness about parents killing their children. Among depressed mothers with children younger than three years of age, 41% report thoughts of killing their children. The motives for killing newborns (neonaticide) are distinguished from the killing of children older than 24 hours (filicide). Child murder is divided into 5 categories: altruistic, acutely psychotic, unwanted child, child maltreatment, and spouse revenge. Dr. Resnick discusses the perpetrators’ and their spouses’ reactions to the homicides in this 4-hour course. Videotaped examples of cases of altruistic filicide and neonaticide serve as a basis for the discussion. Strategies for prevention are addressed.

The fee for this training program is $200 and participants should expect to commit approximately 4 hours to complete this program. At the end of  the program, there is a quiz that must be passed with a 70% in order to print your certificate of completion.

Intended Audience

This course is relevant for psychologists–beginner, intermediate, and advanced.

Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to:

– Describe the differences between filicide and neonaticide

– Describe child-murders based on motive

– Describe the motives of mothers who kill their newborns

– Describe which child killers are most likely to succeed in an insanity defense

About Dr. Phillip Resnick

Phillip J. Resnick is an internationally known forensic psychiatrist noted for his expertise in the assessment of violence risk and the detection of malingered mental illness. He is a Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Division of Forensic Psychiatry at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio. He is a past president of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law. He has provided consultation in many high profile cases including: Jeffrey Dahmer, Susan Smith, Timothy McVey, Andrea Yates, Scott Petersen, Brian Mitchell (kidnapper of Elizabeth Smart), Theodore Kaczynski (Unabomber) and Casey Anthony. He has written over 180 professional journal articles and book chapters. Dr. Resnick contributed two chapters to Clinical Assessment of Malingering and Deception. He received the Isaac Ray Award from the American Psychiatric Association for outstanding contributions to forensic psychiatry and psychiatric aspects of jurisprudence. He has lectured in 49 states and 23 countries. Dr. Resnick’s presentations are well organized, humorous, fast moving, and packed with vital information.

Continuing Education Credit

This Distance Learning Course is a Home Study Training Program. To earn CE’s, you will have to complete the course quizzes and evaluation for this Home Study Distance Learning Course. No partial credit is available. For this course, you will need to pass the course quizzes with 70% correct and complete a course evaluation form to earn the certificate. You can take the test as many times as necessary to pass. Participants will earn 4 CE hours for completion once they have completed these requirements. Each participant will be able to print their CE certificate immediately after completing and passing the post-test and evaluation.
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