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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 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 215 professional journal articles and book chapters.  Dr. Resnick contributed two chapters to Clinical Assessment of Malingering and Deception.  He received the Isaac Ray Award from the American Psychiatric Association for outstanding contributions to forensic psychiatry and psychiatric aspects of jurisprudence. He has lectured in 49 states and 24 countries. Dr. Resnick’s presentations are well organized, humorous and packed with vital information. Phillip  Resnick, M.D.

Programs Featuring Phillip Resnick, M.D.

Legal and Ethical Issues in Mental Health (virtual)

Mental health professionals are regularly faced with ethical and legal conundrums in their clinical practice. This program will review the law of negligence so clinicians can understand what plaintiffs are required to prove to succeed in a malpractice case. Common pitfalls will be reviewed to avoid malpractice suits and discipline by state licensure boards. Differences between confidentiality and privilege and HIPPA duties will be explained. Advice will be given on how to balance your duty to keep client information confidential against your duty to protect others from serious physical harm. Finally, documentation techniques to reduce the risk of adverse consequences will be covered, particularly in clients who are at risk for suicide. This three hour program is essential for mental health professionals to improve their understanding of the legal and ethical issues that are critical for performing at the standard of practice.

The Detection of Malingered Psychosis (virtual)
This program is designed to give mental health clinicians practical information about the detection of malingering and lying. The latest research on malingered hallucinations will be covered. Psychotic hallucinations will be distinguished from non-psychotic hallucinations. Suspect auditory hallucinations are less likely to be associated with delusions. Persons faking auditory hallucinations may say they have no strategies to diminish malevolent voices and claim that all command hallucinations must be obeyed. Malingerers are more likely to report extreme severity and intensity of their hallucinations. Suspect visual hallucinations are more likely to be reported in black and white rather than in color, be dramatic and more likely to include miniature or giant figures. Resolution of genuine hallucinations and delusions with anti-psychotic treatment will be delineated. Participants will learn twelve clues to detect malingered psychosis and four clues to detect malingered insanity. Videotapes of defendants describing hallucinations will enable participants to assess their skills in distinguishing between true and feigned hallucinations.