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Psychology, Law Enforcement & Courts: Developing a Collaborative Approach
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When: 10/07/2016
8:30 AM - 4 PM
Where: Quest Conference Center - (614.540.5540)
8405 Pulsar Pl
Columbus, Ohio  43240
United States
Contact: Ohio Psychological Association

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6 CE - Ethics - Psychologists 
6 CE - Counselors and Social Workers

Registration Opens at 8 AM - Workshop begins at 8:30AM
Snacks and lunch included

Cost: $150 OPA Members; $180 Non-OPA Members; $100 Students




Psychologists can have various roles in working with local law enforcement officers and the courts to improve consumer and officer safety while redirecting individuals with mental illness from the criminal justice system into the health care system.  The workshop will provide an overview of the interrelationship between individuals with mental illness and the criminal justice system. The Sequential Intercept Model (SIM), a systemic way to address over-representation of people with mental illness in the criminal justice system will be presented. The Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) model will illustrate how the police can learn specific techniques and strategies to safely resolve crises and direct people into health services rather than incarceration.  The role of judges, the use of specialty docket courts and an emphasis on re-entry issues (housing, employment, transportation), starting in the jail will demonstrate how the focus on treatment can decrease recidivism and assist in recovery.

Learning Objectives – Participants will:

  • Understand history and philosophy of CIT
  • Identify core elements of successful CIT programs
  • Understand how police and mental health professionals can use involuntary hospitalization laws to avoid incarceration
  • Understand various roles the court plays in adjudication process
  • Describe the Sequential Intercept Model (Mapping) to promote collaboration between psychology and law enforcement


For a complete schedule of events, click here.


About the Speakers:

Joel Mowrey, PhD has been Executive Director of the Mental Health and Recovery Board of Portage County since 2012.  In that role he has partnered with the Portage County Sheriff’s Department to provide Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) trainings with police to promote safe methods of de-escalation when dealing with individuals in crisis who may also have mental health problems.   He is a licensed Psychologist and OPA member.  He received his doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Bowling Green State University and completed an internship at Duke University Medical Center specializing with children.  He is an Associate Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry at the Northeast Ohio Medical University and is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychology at Kent State University and Ashland University.

Frederick J. Frese, PhD is a Psychologist and OPA member with over 40 years of experience in public mental health care and is presently Professor of Psychiatry at Northeast Ohio Medical University.  He is a Clinical Assistant Professor at Case Western Reserve University and coordinator of the Summit County Recovery Project.  Previously he served for from 1980 – 1995 as Director of Psychology at Western Reserve Psychiatric Hospital.  Dr. Frese is also a consumer, diagnosed with schizophrenia as a young Marine Corps officer.  Despite his disability he was able to gain a degree from the American Graduate School of International Management in Phoenix, Arizona and a doctorate in Psychology from Ohio University.  He founded the Community and State Hospital Section of the APA and is past-president of the National Mental Health Consumers’ Assn.  He served on the Board of Directors of the National Alliance on Mental Illness for 12 years and is also on the Board of Scientific Advisors for Schizophrenia Bulletin.  He was Vice President of NAMI for six years and currently serves on two national boards related to mental health and criminal justice, CIT International and the Treatment Advocacy Center.

Jenny O’Donnell, PsyD is a Psychologist and OPA member.  She is currently Director of Forensic Evaluation Services Center at  St. Aloysius in Hamilton, Ohio.  Dr. O’Donnell completed a doctorate in Psychology from Xavier University with a focus on geriatrics and severely mentally ill populations.  Her internship in Central Louisiana included a state psychiatric hospital and a residential facility for developmentally disabled.  Since her licensure in 2002 she has focused on forensic evaluation for court referrals of both adults and juveniles.  Dr. O’Donnell also provides expert witness testimony for several southern Ohio county courts.  She is a director for the Ohio Assn. of Forensic Centers (OAFC) and is past-chair of Quality Assurance and current chair of the Education Committee for the OAFC.  Dr. O’Donnell has been the recipient of several state and local grants for projects involving Re-entry Community Reintegration and for the creation of an Outpatient Competency Restoration clinic.  She serves her community as a board member of the Cincinnati Observatory Center and the Hamilton County Mental Health and Recovery Services.

Michele Worobiec
, Policy Counsel to Ohio Supreme Court ( will select appropriate Supreme Court person once proposal is approved)

Ruth Simera
, Program Administrator, Criminal Justice Coordinating Center of Excellence, Northeast Ohio Medical University

Sgt, Andrew Suvada, Streetsboro, Ohio Police Department

Judge Annalisa Williams, Akron Municipal Court


All the hotels listed below are within walking distance of the Quest Conference Center.

Four Points by Sheraton Columbus – Polaris
8508 Pulsar Place, Columbus, OH 43240

Fairfield Inn & Suites Columbus Polaris
9000 Worthington Road, Columbus, OH 43082

Hampton Inn & Suites Columbus Polaris
8411 Pulsar Place, Columbus, OH 43240


Questions? Contact OPA at 614.224.0034

The Ohio Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists: OPA maintains responsibility for the program and its content.
Disclaimers/Cancellation and Refund Policy: Attendees needing to cancel must do so in writing before 7 business days prior to the event and will be subject to a $30 service charge. ALL CANCELLATIONS WILL BE SUBJECTED TO THIS SERVICE CHARGE. No refunds will be given for cancellations received less than 8 days prior to the event. The planners and sponsors of this event are committed to providing accurate and up-to-date information. However, they are not responsible for changes, additions or deletions to the services, but will work toward accommodating the needs of the attendees.

Conflict of Interest Statement: As an APA-approved sponsor of continuing education, the Ohio Psychological Association (OPA) is committed to the identification and resolution of potential conflicts of interest in the planning, promotion, delivery, and evaluation of continuing education as is consistent with concepts outlined in the APA Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct. Information regarding financial support, in-kind support or possible conflicts of interest will be included in promotional materials and can be accessed by contacting the Ohio Psychological Association Central Office. 
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Continuing Education Credit Policies: Those individuals wanting CE credits must sign and complete the Workshop Evaluation Form and return the form to OPA at the end of each workshop as instructed. OPA guidelines state that a participant may arrive no more than 10 minutes late or leave more than 10 minutes early to receive credit for a program. No partial credit will be given. The workshop planners will make every effort to ensure that each workshop begins and ends promptly at its designated time.
Continuing Education Credits for Social Workers and Counselors:  The Ohio Psychological Association is approved by the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage & Family Therapist Board to offer continuing education to counselors and social workers. The approval number is RCS070608.
Certificates of Attendance will be distributed at the end of the workshop to all pre-registered participants who meet the criteria specified above.