What Could Possibly Go Wrong?
This webinar covers the topic of child witnesses in various legal cases: developmental concerns for children of different ages; proper child interview techniques (factors which can negatively affect a child witness interview); legal standards such as competency to testify and emotional availability; contradictions and recantations (lies, false memories, and false beliefs).
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Live Webinar Date: Wednesday, September 16 from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
CLE: Florida Bar approved for 2 General/Appellate/Criminal Appellate/Criminal Trial/Juvenile Law credits until 03/31/2022.
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Michael P. Brannon, Psy.D:
Dr. Michael P. Brannon is co-director of Institute for Behavioral Sciences and the Law (I.B.S.L.). He is a Florida licensed psychologist since 1990 with a specialization in forensic psychology. He has handled over 20,000 cases in a forensic capacity and has testified as an expert over 2000 times in Federal and State Court Criminal and Civil Divisions throughout Florida. He is regularly appointed as an expert by the judiciary and is often called upon as an expert witness or forensic consultant for defense attorneys and prosecutors. His areas of expertise include sex offender risk assessments, second opinion case reviews, child witness interview analysis, substance abuse assessments, violence risk assessments, malingering evaluations, competency to proceed, insanity assessments, competency to waive Miranda rights, and death penalty sentencing evaluations. Dr. Brannon has been qualified as an expert in all of these types of cases.
Dr. Brannon also has taught and supervised doctoral students at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale. He frequently speaks as a guest lecturer in various law and pre-law classes in South Florida on a variety of topics related to forensic psychology. Dr. Brannon was a clinical supervisor for students at Brown Schools, a program for adolescent sexual abusers. Dr. Brannon also has presented seminars nationally to attorneys on a variety of topics including sex offender evaluations, juvenile evaluations, child witness interviewing, competency to proceed evaluations, substance abuse evaluations, sanity evaluations, and malingering in personal injury evaluations. In addition, he has been invited as a speaker on numerous occasions at Florida judicial conferences. He has frequently been seen in the media discussing various topical forensic issues and legal cases including appearances on Hardball with Chris Matthews, The O’Reilly Factor, Forensic Files, The Today Show, Headline News Network, In Session, Snapped, and Erin Burnett Out Front.
Dr. Brannon holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology, a Master of Science degree in Clinical Psychology, and a Doctorate degree in Psychology from Nova Southeastern University. He completed his doctoral internship at Northwest Dade Community Mental Health Center in Dade County working with children, adolescents, and their families. He completed his residency in a private forensic practice focusing upon adult criminal offenders. Dr. Brannon is a member of Division 41 of the American Psychological Association, Division of Psychology and the Law. He also is a long-time member of Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA) and American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC).
Lori J. Butts, J.D., Ph.D.
Lori Butts, JD, PhD is the CEO of the Clinical & Forensic Institute (CFI) with offices in South Florida. Dr. Butts currently serves on the American Psychological Association’s Council of Representatives on behalf of the Florida Psychological Association. Dr. Butts was a member of the Committee on Legal Issues (COLI) from 2011 through 2013. After her COLI service was completed, Dr. Butts was the President-Elect, President, and Past-President of the Florida Psychological Association (FPA) from 2014 through 2016. She had previously served as the President of the Forensic Division of FPA and as the Co-Chair of Legislative Affairs and Public Policy Board. She was the recipient of the “What a Woman” award for her service to FPA. She has also been recognized as a Distinguished Psychologist for her dedication and contributions to the profession of psychology by FPA. In 2016, she was recognized as the “Mental Health Professional of the Year” by the Broward County Crime Commission. Dr. Butts serves on the Board of the Non-Profit organization, Different Brains and also co-hosts a podcast called Spectrumly Speaking which is produced by Different Brains. Different Brains strives to encourage understanding & acceptance of individuals who have variations in brain function and social behaviors known as neurodiversity.
After graduating from Clemson University with Honors, Dr. Butts received her law and doctoral psychology degrees from the innovative jointly sponsored program by Villanova School of Law and MCP Hahnemann University Department of Clinical Psychology. Dr. Butts completed her internship in clinical and forensic psychology at New York University School of Medicine, Bellevue Hospital, and Kirby Forensic Psychiatric Hospital, She fulfilled her residency requirements at CFI where she was trained by Dr. John A. Spencer. Dr. Butts is licensed to practice psychology in Colorado and Florida and is a member of the Florida Bar.