This webinar on Forensic Aspects of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is presented by Dr. Jerrod Brown.
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is the fastest growing developmental disorder in the U.S., with diagnoses increasing somewhere between 10% and 17% each year. In fact, one out of 68 U.S. citizens has an ASD diagnosis (CDC, 2015). This disorder consists of social and communication deficits, cognitive rigidity, and behavioral sequelae, all of which can vary in presence and severity across individuals with the disorder. These symptoms may increase the likelihood that an individual will become entangled in the criminal justice system and can have a devastating impact on an individual’s capacity to participate in the various stages of the legal system. As such, it is likely that criminal justice, forensic mental health, and legal professionals will encounter witnesses, suspects, defendants, offenders, or victims with ASD on a semi-frequent basis. Although there is a dearth of empirical research on the topic, the deficits inherent to ASD—the social and communication impairments in particular—can have a negative impact on an individual’s ability to navigate all phases of the criminal justice and legal systems. Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) who are involved in the criminal justice system can present unique challenges and management problems for criminal justice, forensic mental health, and legal professionals. These obstacles are often exacerbated when individuals with ASD are not accurately identified and responsively treated.
In this 90-minute presentation, participants learn about the impact ASD has on criminal justice and forensic mental health settings and to acquire knowledge about the deficits commonly caused by ASD. Specifically, this webinar focuses on how ASD may contribute to confabulation, competency to stand trial (CST) deficits, diminished capacity, false confessions, sexually inappropriate behaviors, suggestibility, aggressiveness, self-injurious and suicidal behaviors, and possible victimization during incarceration. Relevant research findings and case law are presented throughout the workshop. Finally, this training provides suggested approaches and intervention strategies that criminal justice and forensic mental health professionals can utilize when working with individuals who have suspected or confirmed ASD.
This webinar is intended for professionals that want to enhance their understanding in Forensic Aspects of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), including those working in criminal justice, security, health care, social service, education, mental health, and human resources settings. This webinar is for beginner, intermediate, and advanced level clinicians.