Forensic mental health Association of California:
40th Anniversary (2015)

Board of Directors Elections:

President-Elect: Jane Lovelle, LCSW, MPH
Vice President:
Sam Knudsen, JD (re-election)
: Carrie Gustafson


FMHAC William T. Rossiter Award Winner

The Judicial Council of California
Accepted by Honorable Judge Richard Loftus

FMHAC Christine M. West Award Winner

John Philipsborn, JD, EdD

Book List

Nell Bernstein Burning Down the House: The End of Juvenile Prison
Charles Graeber The Good Nurse: A True Story of Medicine, Madness, and Murder
Ansar Haroun, MD
David Naimark, MD
Poker Face in Mental Health Practice: A Primer on Deception Analysis and Detection
Dean Haycock, PhD Murderous Minds: Exploring the Criminal Psychopathic Brain: Neurological Imaging and the Manifestation of Evil
Honorable Judge Morris Hoffman The Punisher's Brain: An Evolutionary History of Judge and Jury
Alisa Jordheim Made in the U.S.A.: The Sex Trafficking of America's Children
Kent Kiehl, PhD The Psychopath Whisperer: The Science of Those Without Conscience
Frederick Lane Cybertraps for the Young
Mario Martinez Mind Body Code: How the Mind Wounds and Heals the Body
Ronald Schouten, MD, JD
James Silver, JD
Almost a Psychopath: Do I (or Does Someone I Know) Have a Problem with Manipulation and Lack of Empathy?
Thomas Sheridan Defeated Demons: Freedom from Consciousness Parasites in Psychopathic Society
Douglas Starr Killer of Little Shepherds
M.E. Thomas Confessions of a Sociopath: A Life Spent Hiding in Plain Sight

Presentation Handouts

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
Resources and Links
Program Summary, Eleventh Judicial Criminal Mental Health Project

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
Black and White Slides

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

(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

Black and White Slides

(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
Article, Effective Listening
Article, Motivational Interviewing

(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
HANDOUT: Slides, DSM-5
Black and White Slides

(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
HANDOUT: Slides, ICD-11
Black and White Slides

(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
Article, Trauma Audits
Article, Trauma-Informed Practice

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
Black and White Slides

(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
HANDOUT: Slides, Androgen Reduction Therapy
Black and White Slides

(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


Guideline for Prescribing Controlled Psychotropic Medications to Patients with Substance Use
Majid Talebi, Pharm.D
Santa Clara Valley Medical Center
Anthony Cozzolino, MD
Chief Psychiatrist, Santa Clara Valley Medical Center

Is it Good to be Bad? The Association of History of Violence and Symptom Change
Graham S. Danzer, LCSW, MRAS
Senior Clinician, Abode Services; Clinical Psychology Trainee, John George Psychiatric Pavilion
David Sugarbaker, MS, MPH
Samuel H. Barkin, MA
William Barone, MA
Doug Cort, PhD

Effects of Attachment, Motivators, Type of Crime, and Relationship to Offender on Willingness of Third-Parties to Provide Names to Law Enforcement
Amanda DeVillez, MA
Doctoral Candidate, Alliant International University- CSFS, Fresno
Tamar Kenworthy, PsyD
PhD/PsyD CSFS Program Director and Core Faculty, Alliant International University, Fresno

The Use of Art Therapy to Address Dynamic Risk Factors with Sexual Offenders
Amy Pfenning, ATR
Rehabilitation Therapist, Department of State Hospitals - Coalinga

Long Term Mental Health Effects of Solitary Confinement on Incarcerated Youth
Jheanett Portobanco, MA
Doctoral Student, Clinical Psychology, American School of Professional Psychology, Argosy University
Gabriela Pivaral Esturban, MA
Doctoral Student, American School of Professional Psychology, Argosy University
Jessica Williams, MSW
Doctoral Student, American School of Professional Psychology, Argosy University

Forensic Mental Health Legislation Update
FMHAC Public Policy Committee



The 40th Annual FMHAC Conference
March 18-20, 2015
Hyatt Regency, Monterey, CA

Call for Papers

> Conference Announcement
> Conference Program
> Evaluation form, electronic

Gilbert Abdalian, MBA, MFT
Kenneth Carabello
Sheila Carter
Carson Chambers, PhD
Marianne Davis, PhD
Jeffery Elias, Esq
Harry Goldberg, PhD
Mark Grabau, 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.

Continuing Education

Board of Behavioral Science Examiners / Board of Registered Nursing
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 (CMEs)
The 2015 FMHAC Conference has been approved for CME, selected sessions.
Selected Sessions:
Mark Anderson, MA
Jennifer Baity, LCSW
Lisa Conn, MFT
Wayne Garcia
Robert Hernandez
Sam Himelstein, PhD
Hon. Morris Hoffman
Robert Horon, PhD
Richard Kreuger, MD
Hon. Steven Leifman
Glenn Lipson, PhD
David Naimark, MD
John Philipsborn, Esq
Norbert Ralph , PhD
Marie Schur, PhD
Eric Simon, PhD
Alicia Summers, PhD
Mark Willenbring, MD

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.
Selected Sessions:
Frank Birchak, Esq
Marian Gaston, Esq
Hon. Morris Hoffman
Hon. Steven Leifman
Glenn Lipson, PhD
David Naimark, MD
John Philipsborn, Esq
Eric Simon, PhD
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.
Selected Sessions:
Mark Anderson, MA
Hon. Morris Hoffman
Hon. Steven Leifman
Glenn Lipson, PhD

Board of State and Community 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.