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Deadline for Submission: August 30, 2019

36th Annual Symposium
March 26-29, 2020
San Diego, California

The Westgate Hotel -- Special Group Rate $189


Expert testimony in cross-examination

Consulting with attorneys

Ethics and the law as applied to the practice of psychology: update and overview

Current laws relevant to forensic psychology

Civil litigation: personal injury, disability assessments/evaluations

Methodology in forensic assessments

Malingering and deception in personal injury or disability cases

Assessment instruments for malingering and response bias

Fitness for duty evaluations

The use of brain scans in diagnosis and treatment

Forensic geropsychology

Demonstrating reliability of testing; limitations, updates on the latest instruments

Capacity and competence

The power of social media to slander the psychologist

Special education issues in forensic practice

Summary of research on a specific topic in forensic psychology

Psychological autopsy

Diagnostic differentiation

Substance abuse issues

Criminal responsibility cases

Risk assessment; risk management

Working with clients with disabilities: ADA, cultural considerations, testing,
alternatives for non-literate populations

Evidence-based decisions in the forensic field

Cultural competency related to specific forensic issues/assessment

Forensic assessment in immigration cases

Issues related to transgendered clients in forensic contexts

Child custody, child sexual abuse assessments

Juvenile fitness to proceed

Note: Attorney/psychologist presentations are encouraged.

Also to be included in the 2020 Symposium:
Interactive Forensic Skills Workshop: Civil and Criminal

Student poster session -- students are encouraged to submit proposals for poster presentations. Poster presentations can describe the student's research or can address a specific aspect of any of the topics in this call for presentations. An undergraduate or graduate student must be the first author and presenter of the poster, although a faculty member may be a co-author. Please do not fill out this form, but click on the link just below for the Student Poster Submission Form.

Click here for Student Poster Submission Form


Type in both upper and lower case text, not just upper case.
In general, individual presentations will be allotted 40 minutes, including 10 minutes for discussion.
Panels/workshops will be allowed more time.

Presentation Title

Click in one of the 4 boxes:

Solo presentation       Co-presentation       Panel       Student Poster (see link above to submit)


Write a description of your presentation, including the major points that your talk will cover. If you go beyond
the white area, the information will still be submitted to us. You are not limited by the small space.

Learning Objectives

Clearly describe what the learner will know or be able to do as a result of having attended
your presentation. Objectives must be observable and measurable. Verbs to consider using:
list, describe, discuss, summarize, explain, demonstrate, apply, analyze, plan, assess, compile.
Verbs to avoid: know, understand, learn, appreciate, become aware of.

Learning Objective 1

Learning Objective 2

Learning Objective 3

Curriculum Content

Acceptable presentations must adhere to the definition of continuing education in that they improve service to the public and enhance contributions to the profession. The content of your presentation must meet one of the following:

1. Program content focuses on application of psychological assessment and/or intervention methods that have overall consistent and credible empirical support in the contemporary peer reviewed scientific literature beyond those publications and other types of communications devoted primarily to the promotion of the approach;

2. Program content focuses on ethical, legal, statutory or regulatory policies, guidelines, and standards that impact psychological practice, education, or research;

3. Program content focuses on topics related to psychological practice, education, research other than application of psychological assessment and/or intervention methods that are supported by contemporary scholarship grounded in established research procedures.

Describe in detail how the content of your presentation meets one of the three statements above. Be sure to indicate which of the three the talk meets.

Relevant References
Please provide at least 3 current, relevant, supporting, and complete references as evidence
that the content of your talk meets the Curriculum Content criterion you specified above.
This supportive evidence should directly reflect the narrative and content being delivered,
i.e., references that reflect the full breadth of the learning objectives and narrative.

MCLE for Attorneys
As we do every year, we will be submitting an application to the State Bar of California to offer continuing education
credits for attorneys attending the Symposium. In order to be approved, the activity must relate to legal subjects
directly relevant to members of the State Bar or have significant current professional and practical content.
Would you please briefly describe how the content of your talk is relevant to attorneys?

Brief Biography
For introduction at the meeting and publication in the program.
Please detail and emphasize your expertise in the area of your submission.

Important: We also need a copy of your CV (preferably in PDF format).
Click here to email your CV

PowerPoint Projector
Click in the box if you will use PowerPoint in your presentation  
Deadline to Email your PowerPoint presentation to us--March 16, 2020

We will have a page on our website with links to each presentation's handout.
Please email your handout to us by March 9, 2020 to allow us time to upload them prior to the Symposium.
Include relevant references, learning objectives and a summary of your talk.
We encourage you to include copies of your PowerPoint slides as part of your handout.

Your Name: Degrees:

Co-presenter(s) -- Include contact information (address, email, phone):

Your Mailing Address:

City State Zip

Your Email Address

Office Phone: Fax:

By completing this form you grant permission to the College to record and publish (if accepted) your presentation in the American Journal of Forensic Psychology and/or in other scholarly publications of ACFP. Proceeds from the sale of journals and recordings offset costs of publishing, recording and organizing the annual meetings.

IMPORTANT: A $100.00 honorarium is given to symposium speakers whose presentations have been accepted and is to be deducted from the 4-day meeting registration fee (approximately $600). Speakers must register for the entire meeting (not just for the day of their presentation) and remit payment of the meeting fees by February 17, 2020. Once presentations have been accepted and the program organized, it is extremely difficult to change, therefore, if you know now that you may not be able to meet these requirements, please do not submit a proposal.

If my presentation is accepted and placed on the ACFP program, I promise to appear and deliver it. Please check if you agree:
Date agreed:

After you click the SUBMIT button below, we will send you an email acknowledgment.
If you don't receive a personal email from Debbie, please contact us to make sure we received your submission.
Thank you.

If you are finished you must now click on the SUBMIT button below to send us your presentation proposal. Thank you!

American College of Forensic Psychology
PO Box 5899
Balboa Island, California 92662

Telephone: (760) 929-9777 
Toll-free Fax: (844) 812-9426


The American College of Forensic Psychology is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.
The American College of Forensic Psychology maintains responsibility
for this program and its content.

Goal: The goal of this symposium is to keep forensic psychologists abreast of important issues which lie within the interface of psychology and law, recent developments in psychology that require new knowledge for expert witnesses, and new case law affecting forensic practice.

Target audience: The program is intended to benefit practicing forensic psychologists, psychologists in other subspecialties, and attorneys who litigate civil and criminal cases involving psychological evaluations and expert testimony.

Objectives: Participants should improve their knowledge and skills in the following areas: (a) evaluation or treatment of forensic litigants and individuals with other forensic psychological issues; (b) new and ongoing research and developments in the field of forensic psychology; (c) relevant concepts useful in testifying and educating the court on mental health issues, and in working within the legal system; (d) changes in the law that affect clinical and forensic practice; (e) legal and psychological aspects involving the mentally disordered inmate in correctional facilities.