Upcoming Conference

The 44th Annual
FMHAC Conference
March 13-15, 2019

Monterey Hyatt

The Annual Conference of the Forensic Mental Health Association of California is held each March at the Hyatt Regency Resort in Monterey, CA. It offers high quality presentations pertaining to forensic mental health and relevant to medical and mental health clinicians, law enforcement, the courts, parole and probation officers, and other professionals working with mentally ill offenders.

Opening Presentation

Recovery and Re-Entry of Formerly Incarcerated Women
Susan Burton

Keynote Presentation

Substance Use and Offenders: From High to Homicidal
Charles Scott, MD

Breakout Presentations

Incorporating Restorative Justice into Mental Health Court and Diversion Programs
Kristi Abbott, LCSW
Christopher Bulkeley, JD

Mental Health Diversion – A Call to Action
Laura Arnold, JD
Erin Ferma, PhD; Judge Stephen Manley; Lieutenant David Petrocelli

Assessment of Dangerousness for MDOs: A Structured Approach
Melinda DiCiro, PsyD
Trayci Dahl, PhD, ABPP; Susan Napolitano, PhD; Brandon Yakush, PsyD

Sexual Coercion: From Persuasion to Sadism
Charles Flinton, PhD
Deirdre D’Orazio, PhD

Implementation of Evidence-Based Practices: A Networking Opportunity
Tom Granucci, LCSW
Will Cash

Theory and Practice to Address and Reduce Hopelessness, Suicidality, Trauma, and Violence
Lorie Hill, PhD

Reasons Inmates Attempt Suicide or Die by Suicide: Implications for Assessment, Treatment, and Institutional Prevention Programs
Robert Horon, PhD

Forensic Issues in Community Psychiatry
Chad Koyanagi, MD

Innovations in Anger Management Treatment
Robert Landry, PhD

Transfer Evaluations: Assessing Rehabilitative Potential within the Juvenile Justice System
Francesca Lehman, PsyD
Doug Ugarkovich, Juvenile Justice Consultant

Social Justice and Historical Repair: Race, Ethnicity, and Culture in Forensic Mental Health Services and Systems
Matthew Mock, PhD

Assessing Child Sexual Abuse Allegations and the Child Forensic Interview
Susan Napolitano, PhD
Caroline Dower-Serrano, MA

Competence to Stand Trial Assessment: Squaring the Practices with Case Law
John Philipsborn, Esq

The Sprawl of Childhood Adversity into Adult Mental Health, Addiction and Criminality: Understanding and Interventions
Melissa Piasecki, MD

Juveniles who Sexually Offended: Characteristics, Assessment, and Treatment
Norbert Ralph, PhD, MPH

Parole Suitability and Risk Assessment of Long-Term Incarcerated Sex Offenders – Part 1 & Part 2
James Rokop, PhD
Charles Flinton, PhD

Sex Offenders and the Law: Perilous Predictions of Paraphiliacs
Charles Scott, MD

Tactical Mental Health
Nicole Vienna, PsyD
Ryan Vienna, M.L.

Malingering: Utility and Measurement
Bethany Walters, PhD
Dana Dalgleish, PhD


Wednesday, March 13, 2019
10:00am Registration
12:30pm President’s Welcome
1:00pm Opening Presentation
2:45pm Keynote Presentation
6:00pm Welcome Reception

Thursday, March 14, 2019
8:00am Registration
9:00am Breakout Presentation 1
10:45am Breakout Presentation 2
12:15pm Lunch (included)
1:15pm Breakout Presentation 3
3:00pm Breakout Presentation 4
4:45pm FMHAC Business Meeting

Friday, March 15, 2019
9:00am-12:15pm Closing Presentation

Continuing Education

13.5 Continuing Education Units Available for:  BBS, BRN, CPA, CE
7.5 Continuing Education Units Available for:  MCLE
POST - Awaiting Approval

Statements: FMHAC is approved by the California Psychological Association to provide continuing professional education for psychologists. FMHAC maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Provider #FOR005. Course meets the qualifications for 13.5 hours of continuing education credit for MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs, and LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences through the California Psychological Association. State Bar of California MCLE Provider #15388.

Cancellation Policy

Registration cancellation requests must be submitted in writing to morgan@fmhac.net.

$50 cancellation fee if request is received by February 1, 2019;
$100 fee if received after February 14, 2019.
Cancellations are not refunded after March 7, 2019.


Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa on Del Monte Golf Course
1 Old Golf Course Road, Monterey, California, 93940-4908
Phone: 831-372-1234

We have reserved a block of rooms at the Hyatt Monterey Hotel & Spa to accommodate our attendees, at a discounted rate!

The discounted room rates are available now, until the room block sells out. Once our room block has been filled, you may be subject to significantly higher rates, so we urge you to reserve your room today.

Group room rate:
$154 per night, single/double occupancy, plus applicable taxes and fees.
$179 per night, triple occupancy, plus applicable taxes and fees.
$204 per night, quadruple occupancy, plus applicable taxes and fees.
$154 per night, golf view, plus applicable taxes and fees.

Room rate cut-off:
The cut-off date is 2/11/19. Reservation requests received after the cut-off date will be based on availability at the hotel's prevailing rates. The room block fills up quickly, so reserve your room soon!

Hotel Cancellation Policy: 24 hours prior to arrival.

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