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Phillip Resnick, M.D.

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 160 professional journal articles and book chapters.  He contributed two chapters to Clinical Assessment of Malingering and Deception.  Dr. Resnick’s presentations are well organized, humorous, fast moving, and packed with vital information. Phillip  Resnick, M.D.

Programs Featuring Phillip Resnick, M.D.

Legal and Ethical Issues in Mental Health
Mental health professionals face a daunting task of conducting their work with a myriad of legal and ethical issues affecting both clinical and professional decisions. Professional organizations routinely publish results of hearings in which members are disciplined for failing to properly implement mental health law. At the far extreme are those who face legal consequences as a result of their actions. This one day seminar will highlight four specific areas which cause the greatest confusion and generate the highest risk: Suicide Risk Assessment and Malpractice Avoidance, Trends in Mental Health Malpractice: A Tale of Sex and Violence, Confidentiality and Privilege, and the Duty to Protect Others. Legal aspects will be presented with regard to the states where the seminar attendees practice. This program is essential for mental health professionals to improve their understanding of the legal and ethical issues that are so critical to performing at the standard of practice.

Detection of Malingering and Risk Assessment of the Mentally Ill Individual
Mentally ill clients present many risks for professionals. This program is designed to provide a practical map through the marshy minefield of uncertainty in the prediction of violence toward others. Recent research will be presented on risk assessment. The demographics of violence and the specific incidence of violence in different psychiatric diagnoses will be reviewed. Dangerousness will be discussed in persons with psychosis, mania, depression, and organic brain disease. Special attention will be given to persons with specific delusions, command hallucinations, erotomania, premenstrual tension, and homosexual panic. Personality traits and childhood antecedents of adult violence will be covered. Instruction will be given on taking a history from potentially dangerous patients and possible countertransference feelings. Techniques will be demonstrated in the elucidation of violent threats and "perceived intentionality." Additionally, the release of persons who have already committed violent acts will be discussed.

The detection of malingering is an important component of this seminar. Those who malinger mental illness are often trying to avoid responsibility for a criminal act, obtain benefits, such as disability or access temporary housing, such as a crisis shelter. At a time when mental health services are overwhelmed with those requesting services, one must have the ability to determine who is truly ill. Video case examples will help participants to distinguish between real and faked hallucinations.