This is the first of a three-part webinar series related to forensic mental health. Participants interested in this topic are encouraged to attend the series, but each presentation can be viewed independently and participation in one is not dependent on participation in other lectures in the series. This presentation will provide an overview of forensic mental health services and introduce participants to the University of Washington’s Center for Mental Health, Policy, and the Law. The Center has three primary arms: education and training; research and policy; and service. The three Center arms will be discussed in this presentation with particular emphasis on training and education in forensic mental health. Subsequent lectures in the webinar series will illustrate work relevant to other arms of the Center.
Participants will become familiar with the bread of forensic mental health and unique roles of forensic mental health clinicians
Participants will learn about the University of Washington Center for Mental Health, Policy, and the Law (CMHPL)
Participants will gain appreciation for the role for increased training in forensic mental health
Jennifer Piel, MD, JD, is a clinical and forensic psychiatrist. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington and the Director of the University’s Center for Mental Health, Policy, and the Law. She received the 2017 American Medical Association Foundation Excellence in Medicine Leadership Award, in part, for her advocacy for persons with mental illness who have criminal justice involvement. She is the Legal Digest Editor for the Journal of the Academy of Psychiatry and the Law. She specializes in psycho-legal assessment, research, and education.