Webinar and Podcast Recordings

International Forensic Psychiatry Lecture Series

Hosted by McMaster University and St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, this weekly educational webinar series provides engaging and innovative topics on forensic psychiatry. Talks will be no longer than one hour and include a question and answer period. Attendees will have the flexibility to register for any topics that pique their interest.

Note: Recordings are only available upon consent of the speaker. Free registration is needed to access webinar recordings, which are available for up to 90 days after the event.

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April 2021

Dr. Sandy Simpson’s talk from April 1, 2021. This lecture focused on various recovery principles in the context of forensic psychiatry.

March 2021

Dr. Philip Klassen and Dana Peterson’s talk from March 4, 2021. This session covered the medical and legal considerations and implications of substance-induced psychosis. This talk also included an interaction poll session.

Dr. Paul Fedoroff’s talk from March 11, 2021. His lecture focused on the details and controversies of pedophilia as an orientation. This talk also discussed a brief historical component based on literature.

Dr. Drew Kingston’s talk from March 18, 2021. This talk featured definition, diagnostic criteria, assessment and relevant issues of CSBD

Dr. Abdulmohsen Alhumoud’s talk from March 25, 2021. This session covered a historical background, forensic mental health services, and the law in Kuwait and UAE along with comparisons with international countries.

February 2021

Dr. Grainne Neilson’s talk from February 4, 2021. This talk reviewed the considerations given the CRPD within a forensic psychiatry context and ethics surrounding forced treatment.

Dr. Joseph Ferencz’s talk from February 11, 2021. This lecture focused on insight in Forensic psychiatry and the corresponding implications around capacity to consent, diagnoses etc.

Dr. Graham Glancy’s talk from February 18, 2021. This lecture focused on key components of Competence by Design and identified other elements such as Objectives of Training, Competencies and Entrustable Professional Activities.

Dr. Lisbeth Uhrskov’s talk from February 25, 2021. This session discussed the key elements of forensic psychiatry – including both medical and legal aspects – in Denmark and Greenland.


January 2021

Dr. Liam Marshall’s talk from January 7, 2021. This session discussed an overview and findings regarding escapes from forensic facilities.

Dr. Robin Wilson’s talk from January 14, 2021. This session reviewed treatment options for sexual offenders, also incorporating Risk-Needs-Responsivity Principles, Self Regulation and the Good Lives model.

Mr. Devon Watts’ talk from January 21, 2021. This lecture covered machine learning and AI use within psychiatry including ethical considerations in practice.

December 2020

Dr. James MacKillop’s talk from December 17, 2020. This session featured an overview of cannabis and effects on cognition along with global epidemiology of cannabis use.

Dr. Joseph Penn’s talk from December 10, 2020. This talk covered challenges, current practices and future directions for treating individuals with mental illnesses in a correctional setting.

Dr. Richard Tremblay’s talk from December 3, 2020. This lecture discusses the development trajectories, causes and implications of aggression in children through adulthood. Various social determinants of health such as education, drug use, and socioeconomic status discussed.

November 2020

Dr. Mathieu Dufour’s talk from November 26, 2020. This session covered some principles on the Forensic Mental Health system in Quebec, also providing comparisons with fellow provinces around Canada.

Dr. Terje Torrissen’s talk from November 19, 2020. This discussion was based on various psychiatric disorders and extreme right ideology. The Anders Breivik case was also highlighted during this session.

Dr. Michiel de Vries Robbe’s talk from November 12, 2020. This lecture focused on a description of a protective factor assessment tool in forensic patients.

Dr. Joeseph Ferencz’s talk from November 6, 2020. This lecture focused on a brief historical context of ethics and discussed ethical issues in forensic psychiatry.

October 2020

Dr. Mathieu Lacambre’s talk from October 22, 2020. This lecture focused on the pathway sexual offenders follow through the system in France; including the roles of various disciplines.

Dr. Heather Moulden’s talk from October 1, 2020. This lecture focused on sexual behaviour within a Canadian Forensic Mental Health System. It included onset, etiology, characterization and prediction of sexual offending.

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September 2020

Dr. Sean Kaliski’s global discussion from Sep. 24, 2020. This talk highlighted the forensic mental health system in South Africa, including the challenges, barriers, and successes.

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Mr. Jeff Manishen’s controversies and innovation discussion from Sept. 17, 2020. This engaging talk highlighted some points regarding expert witnesses and covered some famous criminal cases to exemplify this.

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Dr. John Bradford’s advanced discussion from Sept. 10, 2020. This lecture discusses some core features of autism spectrum disorders along with a review of what is known about the association of ASD and violence.

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Dr. Mini Mamak’s introductory discussion from Sept. 3, 2020. This talk features an overview of risk assessment practices and approaches in Canada. Some evidence-based tools are also discussed.

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August 2020

Dr. Sebastien Prat’s global perspectives discussion from Aug. 27, 2020. This lecture covers various aspects of a court ordered psychiatric assessment in France and highlights differences from the Canadian system.

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Crown Counsel Craig Fraser (R) and Deputy Crown Attorney Andrew McLean (A) controversies and innovations discussions from Aug. 20, 2020. This talk overviews the grey areas of a famous case in Canada – the controversies of intoxication defenses and automatism.

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Dr. John Bradford’s advanced discussion from Aug. 13, 2020. This lecture provides an introduction to NCR assessment highlighting the cornerstones of forensic psychiatry: fitness to stand trial and criminal responsibility.

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Dr. Gary Chaimowitz’s introductory discussion from Aug. 6, 2020. This is the first lecture of the series with the Head of Service from the Forensic Psychiatry Program of St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton. The discussion follows current practices and trends in the area of forensic psychiatry in Canada with the potential future state of the field.

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Hitting the Hammer Podcast

Welcome to the Hitting the Hammer Podcast, a production of the Forensic Psychiatry Program at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton and the McMaster University division of Forensic Psychiatry, in collaboration with the Multimedia and Entertainment Department at Mohawk College.

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Podcast recordings

A discussion with Brian Rose who was a forensic patient and is now a Peer Support worker at Ontario Shores in Whitby. Brian discusses his experience going through the forensic system in Ontario (2019-10-18)

Today’s episode is a conversation regarding the designation Not Criminally Responsible with host KT Specialist Brandon Sunstrum and Head of Service for the Forensic Program at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton Dr. Gary Chaimowitz (2019-07-05)

Today, the topic will be about Forensic Psychiatry and some general information regarding Forensics and the role of a Forensic Psychiatrist (2019-05-06)