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Complex Trauma in Criminal Mitigation: Conceptualizing Harm Through a Developmental Perspective

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Produced on August 29, 2019

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Course Information

Time 66 minutes
Difficulty Intermediate

Course Description

Many criminal defendants have suffered complex trauma that must be explicated through presentence reports by mitigation experts. This seminar, presented by attorney Mark Silver, 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. Acquire a developmental perspective of abuse and neglect in the context of complex trauma
  3. Recognize how psychosocial evaluations of criminal defendants by mitigation experts consider complex trauma
  4. Examine the major areas of psychopathology that result from complex trauma, and why attorneys must understand them

Credit Information

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Mark Silver

Psychiatric Social Worker

Mark S. Silver is a lawyer and New York State Licensed Clinical Social Worker, with a doctorate in psychology and the author of Handbook of Mitigation in Criminal and Immigration Forensics: Humanizing the Client Towards a Better Legal Outcome. Revised Sixth Edition. (2018). Since 2002, Mark has worked as a consultant for law firms throughout the United States conducting psychosocial evaluations and writing formal reports in forensic and mitigation immigration and criminal cases. He has worked with thousands of clients from about forty countries throughout the world on various individual, family, and mental health issues related to criminal conduct and deportation. He has also provided expert testimony in several dozen of these cases.


Christopher G.

One of the better "mitigation" CLEs I have seen.

Janet B.

Extremely information. He packed a lot of information in, in one hour. This is a course where I will frequent the notes often.

JoAnne P.

Excellent lecture, deep knowledge by lecture, and very valuable information. Really good course

Jeff A.

unique and interesting.

Kerry S.

Awesome content and great presenter. Thank you.

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