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Complex Trauma in Criminal Mitigation: Conceptualizing Harm Through a Developmental Perspective. How Abuse and Neglect Cause Abnormal Development

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Many criminal defendants have suffered complex trauma that must be explicated through presentence reports by mitigation experts. 

This seminar will focus on major approaches to conceptualize the harm that many of our clients have suffered in childhood through the ACE criteria and a developmental perspective focusing on the effects of abuse and neglect. The seminar will also consider how these matters are assessed in a psychosocial evaluation and major psychopathology that results from complex trauma. 

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Identify the ACE criteria in the context of complex trauma.
  2. Understand a developmental perspective of abuse and neglect in the context of complex trauma.  
  3. Understand how psychosocial evaluations by mitigation experts consider complex trauma.

Understand the major areas of psychopathology that result from complex trauma

Available in States

  • California
  • Colorado
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Texas Self Study

Program Categories

  • Criminal Law & Procedure
  • Federal Courts
  • Florida Eligible
  • Mental health Awareness


  • Areas of Professional Practice : 1 Credit