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The 41st Annual FMHAC Conference
March 16-18, 2016
Monterey, CA

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Hyatt Regency Resort & Spa
1 Old Golf Course Rd, Monterey, CA 93940
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40th Anniversary Celebration!
Join us at our annual conference to celebrate FMHAC’s 40th Anniversary! We’ll have dinner and dancing at the Welcome Presentation and excellent breakouts on topics including mindfulness and substance abuse, computer forensics, and complex trauma.

Your registration includes the full conference, including the Opening Session, Keynote/Welcome Reception, Anniversary Dinner, Thursday Breakouts and lunch, and Friday Closing Session. 

Conference Schedule Overview
Wednesday, March 18th
1:00pm Opening Presentation
5:30pm Welcome Reception
7:00pm 40th Anniversary Celebration & Dinner

Thursday, March 19th
8:30am - 5:00pm Breakout Presentations
5:00pm FMHAC Business Meeting and Board Elections

Friday, March 20th
8:30am - 12noon Closing Presentation


Note -
there is not internet access in the Hyatt meeting rooms. Please print or download the handouts below if you want them at the conference.

10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Department of State Hospitals-Patton Museum: Exhibiting the Past to Strengthen Our Future
Anthony Ortega, LCSW

Transforming Mental Health Systems – A Judicial Perspective 
Strategies for Planning, Leadership, Financing, and Service Development
Judge Steven Leifman


Munir Sewani, PhD, President, FMHAC
Past FMHAC Presidents Panel: Gil Abdalian, MBA; Rick Mandella, David Meyer, JD


8:30 am-10:00 am BREAK OUT SESSION A
(A1) Child Sex Trafficking & Sexual Exploitation of Juvenile Justice & Child Welfare Involved Youth
Lisa Conn, MFT, Supervisor for Juvenile Justice Mental Health, Santa Barbara County Alcohol Drug & Mental Health Services (ADMHS)
Carrick Adam, MD, MSPH, FAAP, Medical Director for Santa Barbara County Juvenile Probation, Institutions

(A2) Improving Suicide Risk Assessment with Offenders: Collaboration and Research to Inform Practice in the CA Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and the Department of State Hospitals
Robert Horon, PhD, Sr. Psychologist, Supervisor, Director of Psychology Training Programs, Department of State Hospitals--Vacaville
Robert Canning, PhD, Sr. Psychologist, Specialist, Suicide Prevention Coordinator, Statewide Mental Health Program
Todd McManus, PhD, Staff Psychologist/Research Coordinator, Department of State Hospitals--Vacaville

(A3) Unraveling the Mysteries of Criminal Responsibility
Honorable Judge Morris Hoffman, District Judge, Second Judicial District of Denver, State of Colorado

(A4) The Psychoanalytic Bridge Between Psychology and the Law in SVP Evaluations: Assessing Emotional and Volitional Impairment
Eric P. Simon, Ph.D., ABPP, SVP Evaluator, CA Department of State Hospitals Sex Offender Commitment Program

(A5) Mindfulness-Based Substance Abuse Treatment for Incarcerated Youth and Young Adults
Sam Himelstein, PhD, Founder, Lion Mind Counseling

10:30 am – 12noon BREAK OUT SESSION B
(B1) Motivational Interviewing with Involuntary Clients
Jennifer Baity, LCSW, LAADC, MHRC Program Director, San Francisco General Hospital

(B2) Blame in Criminal Misconduct
David Naimark MD, Supervising Psychiatrist, Adult Forensics, San Diego Health and Human Services Agency; Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, University of California; Adjunct Professor of Law, School of Law, University of San Diego
Brian Benjamin MS IV, 4th Year Medical Student, Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona, CA

(B3) Legal Foundations For Mental Health Testimony: Updating Your Understanding Of The Courtroom's Legal Requirements For The Presentation Of Mental Health Evidence In California State And Federal Courts
John Philipsborn, JD, MEd, Private Practice

(B4) Paraphilic Disorders in DSM-5
Richard B. Krueger, MD, Associate Clinical Professor, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University

(B5) Practical Assessment and Treatment Methods for Prosocial Reasoning for Probation Youth
Norbert Ralph, PhD, MPH, Neuropsychologists and Epidemiologist

1:30 pm – 3:00 pm BREAK OUT SESSION C
(C1) Computer Forensics Learning from Bytes Taken Out of Crime: Prevention, Treatment and Assessment Utilizing Digital Discovery
Glenn S. Lipson, PhD, ABPP, Program Director/Professor, CA School of Forensic Studies, Alliant International University
Frederick Lane, JD, Computer Forensics Expert Consultant and Author
Randy Ellen Kasper, LCSW, Private Practice

(C2) Life After Life: Healthright 360's Experiences With Clients Released From Custody After Up To 50 Years Of Incarceration
Wayne Garcia, Vice President of Programs, HealthRight 360
Scott Collier, MSW, PhD, Director of Research and Evaluation, HealthRIGHT 360
Dr. Mardell Gavriel, Vice President of Mental Health Services, HealthRIGHT 360

(C3) Juvenile Misbehavior as a Public Health Issue: The Link between Adverse Childhood Experiences and "Delinquency"
Marian Gaston, Esq, Deputy Public Defender, County of San Diego

(C4) Paraphilic Disorders in ICD-11
Richard B. Krueger, MD, Associate Clinical Professor, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University

(C5) Just Get Over It' Just Isn't Enough: Toward a Conceptual Framework for Trauma-Informed Care
Alicia Summers, PhD, Program Director, Research & Evaluation, National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm BREAK OUT SESSION D
(D1) Enhanced Treatment Unit: A Successful Intervention for Violent Inpatients
Marie Cugini Schur, PhD, Senior Psychologist Supervisor, Department of State Hospitals-Atascadero

(D2) Whole Community Solutions for Mental Health Crisis
Mark Anderson, MA, Executive Director, Barbara Schneider Foundation

(D3) A Defense Attorney's Perspective of MDO and NGI Cases: Expert Witnesses, Cross Examination, Ethical Duties and Juror Response
Frank Birchak, Esq, Deputy Public Defender, County of San Diego

(D4) The Role of Androgen Reduction Therapy for the Treatment of Individuals Who Have Committed Sexual Offenses
Richard B. Krueger, MD, Associate Clinical Professor, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University

(D5) A Social-Ecological Approach to Community Trauma and Optimal Wellness: Practical Tools to Heal from Complex Trauma for Youth and Young Adults
Robert Hernandez, Adjunct Assistant Professor, University of Southern California School of Social Work
Fidel Rodriguez, Professional Wellness Instructor, Spreading Seeds; Mind-Body-Spirit Human Relations and Violence Prevention Specialist, Los Angeles County Human Relations Commission

8:30 am - 12 noon
Addiction Treatment for the 21st Century: New Findings, Epidemiology, Diagnosis and Treatment for Substance Use Disorders
Mark Willenbring, MD, Founder & CEO, Alltyr, Minnesota

Conference Tuition includes attendance to all sessions, Wednesday Anniversary Celebration and lunch on Thursday.


$425 FMHAC Member
$525 Non-Member
$220 Student Member, Full-Time Student (must send proof of full-time student status)
$265 Student Non-Member, Full-Time Student (must send proof of full-time student status)

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Cancellation Policy:
Cancellation requests must be submitted in writing.
$50 cancellation fee if request is received by February 25th; $100 fee if received after February 25th.
Cancellations are not accepted after March 13, 2015

Board of Behavioral Science Examiners / Board of Registered Nursing
FMHAC is an approved provider through the BBSE (PCE 480) and the BRN (CEP 5965).
11 CEUs available in 2015:
2 CEUs Wednesday Opening Session
up to 6 CEUs for the 2nd day
up to 3 CEUs for Wrap-up Session

Mandatory Continuing Education for Psychologists (MCEP)
FMHAC is an approved provider through the CPA (FOR005):
11 CEUs available in 2015:
2 CEUs Wednesday Opening Session
up to 6 CEUs for the 2nd day
up to 3 CEUs for Wrap-up Session
CE Statement: FMHAC is approved by the California Psychological Association to provide continuing professional education for psychologists. FMHAC maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Continuing Medical Education (CME)
The 2015 FMHAC Conference has been approved for CME, selected sessions.

Mark Anderson, MA Robert Horon, PhD Marie Schur, PhD
Jennifer Baity, LCSW Richard Krueger, MD Eric Simon, PhD
Lisa Conn, MFT Hon. Steven Leifman Alicia Summers, PhD
Wayne Garcia Glenn Lipson, PhD Mark Willenbring, MD
Robert Hernandez David Naimark, MD  
Sam Himelstein, PhD John Philipsborn, Esq  
Hon. Morris Hoffman Norbert Ralph, PhD, MPH  

CME Statements: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Institute for Medical Quality/California Medical Association (IMQ/CMA) through the joint sponsorship of SCVMC and FMHAC. The SCVMC is accredited by the Institute for Medical Quality/California Medical Association (IMQ/CMA) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The SCVMC designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 11 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. This credit may also be applied to the CMA Certification in Continuing Medical Education.

California State Bar (MCLE)
FMHAC is an approved provider, Provider #15388, selected sessions.

Frank Birchak, Esq Hon. Steven Leifman John Philipsborn, Esq
Marian Gaston, Esq Glenn Lipson, PhD Eric Simon, PhD
Hon. Morris Hoffman David Naimark, MD Mark Willenbring, MD


Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST)
FMHAC applies for POST credit for this conference, selected sessions. Check back for number of POST credits this year.

Mark Anderson, MA
Hon. Morris Hoffman
Hon. Steven Leifman
Glenn Lipson, PhD

Board of Corrections (STC)

For Standards and Training for Corrections (STC) participants who need STC training credit for this event, please either arrange a work related special request before the event or apply for Special Certification after the event. Both of these go through your STC training manager/coordinator.  

The process for a Special Certification:
Inform your training manager that you will be attending this conference and you will be asking for a Special Certification.
Upon returning from the conference, inform your training manager how many hours you attended and ask them to submit a Special Certification for those hours.



The 40th Annual FMHAC Conference
March 18-20, 2015
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FMHAC Award Nominations
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Rossiter and West Awards

The Rossiter Award honors an individual who has made an exceptional global contribution to the field of forensic mental health over a period of time.
The West Award recognizes a person significant individual contributions in areas such as forensic mental health education, clinical treatment, research or program development.
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Board of Directors
Be an active member of FMHAC!
FMHAC Board of Directors open positions:
- President-Elect
- Vice President
- Treasurer
Contact us for more information about these positions. Letters of Interest with resumes must be submitted by March 1st.

Remember to join us at the FMHAC Annual Business Meeting at the conference on 3/19!

Sustaining Membership
Becoming a sustaining member is a great way for you to show your support for FMHAC.
2015 Sustaining Members
Gilbert Abdalian, MBA, MFT
Kenneth Carabello
Sheila Carter
Carson Chambers, PhD
Marianne Davis, PhD
Jeffery Elias, Esq
Harry Goldberg, PhD
Thomas Granucci, LCSW
Carrie Gustafson
Robert Hart, MD
Ronald Kaufman, PsyD
Samuel Knudsen, Esq
Robert Leark, PhD
Cynthia Lermond, PsyD
David Meyer, Esq
Kelly Ross, LCSW
Armando Sandoval
Munir Sewani, PhD
Douglas Taylor Smith, LCSW

View past sustaining members in our Conference Archives.

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