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Brain Injury in the Courtroom

  • November 17, 2023
  • 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Remote via Zoom
  • 40


A 3-hour Training with Carolyn Lemsky, PhD, C. Psych, ABPP-CN

November 17, 2023


PRESENTATION: People living with the effects of brain injury are at an elevated risk for being charged in the legal system. For some, the behavioral and emotional changes that are associated with brain injury can be a risk factor for aggression and impulsivity, leading to more contact with the authorities. For others, difficulty understanding and responding to social cues results in exploitation or misunderstandings that lead back to the court room.  Not only are people with brain injury more likely to be charged, they are also more likely to fail to appear for court appearances and have difficulty complying with the conditions of release.  As a result they are more at risk for reoffending and incarceration.  In fact, studies have found that between 50 to 80% of people incarcerated in long-term facilities have a history of traumatic brain injury as compared to approximately 8% of the general population.  The first part of the workshop will introduce the significance of brain injury in the justice system, including information about brain injury, how brain injury impacts thinking and behavior and some practical strategies to assist brain injury survivors.  The topic of neuroethics will be introduced, along with some actions court systems can take.

Upon completion of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the prevalence of people with brain injury in the court system;
  • Describe how brain injury impacts their participation in court proceedings;
  • Summarize how to screen for brain injury and recognize brain injury outcomes;
  • List simple compensation strategies for assisting people with brain injuries in court room settings; and
  • Summarize education and intervention strategies designed to improve outcomes for people living with brain injury.

    ABOUT THE PRESENTER: Dr. Carolyn Lemsky, PhD. C.Psych. ABPP-CN, is a board certified neuropsychologist with over 25 years of experience working in rehabilitation settings in the U.S. and Canada. For the past 20 years she has been the Clinical Director at Community Head Injury Resource Services of Toronto. She is also the director of the Substance Use and Brain Injury (SUBI) Bridging Project, a research and knowledge transfer initiative funded by the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation. SUBI training and clinical materials have been used internationally to prepare addictions and mental health workers to accommodate the needs of people living with acquired brain injury. She has provided training and consultation across the US and Canada. In addition to frequent conference presentations, Dr. Lemsky has contributed book chapters and articles to the neuropsychology and brain injury literature.

    REGISTRATION FEE: *Free for Drug Court Staff (use code provided).

    *NHADACA Members $25;  *Non-Members $35; *NBCC included. For registration information contact: 603-225-7060 or

    3 Contact Hours Available
    CRSW Performance Domains: 4
    LADC/MLADC Categories of Competence: 5, 11-13 & 16
    CPS Domains: 6
    NBCC: LICSW/L-MFT/LCMHC (Category 1) & Psychologist Category A
    NH Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselors Association has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider. ACEP No 6754. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. NHADACA is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.

    PLEASE NOTE: Only one registrant per form.  For multiple registrants you must register each one individually.  Registration is not complete or guaranteed until payment is received.  Payment by means other than credit card may slow down completion of registration.  Checks and cash are still accepted, however, your registration will be placed on a pending list until payment is received.  We strongly encourage payment by credit card for training of high demand topics.  Thank you.

    This project was supported by Grant No. <15PBJA-21-GG-04133-DGCT> awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. The Bureau of Justice Assistance is a component of the Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs, which also includes the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Office for Victims of Crime, and the SMART Office. Points of view or opinions in this document are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.

    This training is financed under a contract with the State of NH, Department of Health and Human Services, with funds provided in part by the State of NH and/or such funding sources as were available or required, e.g., the United States Department of Health and Human Services.

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