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August 10, 2011
Darryl Geddes 315 464-4828

Upstate Medical University hosts stalking conference is Aug. 11

SYRACUSE, N.Y.— Stalking: risk, prevention and victim services will be discussed by a panel of experts at The Third Annual Forensic Psychiatry Conference, Thursday, Aug 11, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the ninth floor auditorium at Weiskotten Hall, 766 Irving Ave., Syracuse.

Co-sponsored by Upstate Medical University, the conference is free and open to the public, with particular interest to individuals who work in the areas of mental health, law enforcement, corrections, law, medicine and mental health advocacy.

One in 12 women and 1 in 45 men are stalked during her or his lifetime, according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Yet, how many people can effectively protect their selves from this crime or know where to turn for help if victimized? How many of those, whose job is to help victims of stalking, know the current anti-stalking laws and proven and effective strategies to best help their client or patient?

According to conference program director James Knoll, M.D., “those who attend the conference will walk away with a better understanding of current legislation on stalking, the services and resources that are available to victims, how to differentiate the various stalker types based on their communications, and stalking risk management strategies.”

Also discussed will be studies and findings related to the epidemiology of stalking; the differences among the rapist populations, the crime methodology used by each of the rapist types and how to recognize stalking as a means for victim selection by the serial rapist.

The services available for victims of stalking, which of these services are best suited to particular situations, and safety planning in the context of stalking victim services, also will be discussed.

Panelists include:

• James Knoll, M.D., director of the division of Forensic Psychiatry and Forensic Fellowship Program in Upstate’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Knoll will present “Stalker’s Communications; Profiling and Managing Risk.”

• Debra A. Pinals, M.D., assistant commissioner of Forensic Mental Health Service for the Department of Mental Health and associate professor of psychiatry and director of forensic Education at the University of Massachusetts. Pinals will present “Stalking: Legislation, Epidemiology, and Classification Research.”

• Robert R. Hazelwood, M.S., FBI (retired), senior vice president of the Academy Group, Inc. a forensic behavioral science company. Hazelwood will present “The Serial Rapist: A Predatory Stalker.”

• John Femia, manager of account services for AMRIC Associates, an investigative and security consulting organization. Femia who will present “Stalking Victim Security.

• Randi K. Bregman, LMSW, executive director of Vera House, Inc., who will present “Stalking Victim Services.”

The conference is sponsored by the division of Forensic Psychiatry of the department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Upstate Medical University; the Central New York Psychiatric Center, and the New York State Office of Mental Health.

Continuing education credits are available to those who attend the conference. The conference is free, but pre-registration is required. The deadline to register is Monday, Aug. 8. For more information or to register, call 315-464-8668.

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