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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 1h 6m
Difficulty Intermediate
Topics covered in this course: Criminal Litigation

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 a post-graduate certificate in family therapy. He is the author of several publications, including Handbook of Mitigation in Criminal and Immigration Forensics: Humanizing the Client Towards a Better Legal Outcome. Sixth Edition. (2017). 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 over forty countries on various individual, family, and mental health issues related to criminal conduct and deportation. He has also provided expert testimony in many of these cases in Immigration Court and lectures to lawyers throughout the United States on a wide range of forensic issues with case samples. He can be reached at MarkSilver1@cs.com or 917-608-1346. 


Michelle T.

This lawyer had a nice teaching style.

Michael F.

The presenter was excellent.

John Richard K.

Silver's knowledge and expertise just blows me away! Thanks

Sherri M.

Excellent presentation!

mark s.

very insightful

Roy J H.

The spectrum of circumstances and behaviors referred to were too broad to allow for critical analysis and transferability to effective law practice.

Arthur E.

Expectations met.

Allison H.

Very interesting and well-presented. The research and preparation was incredibly valuable!

Mark M.

liked it very much. may also be useful in sentencing at the state level as well. On a side note: sentence mitigation is often the only real tool a defense attorney has that is of any real value to their client. Thanks for your work.

Benjamin H.


Mary R.

Every PD should listen to this.

Opal B.

Very comprehensive, interesting course materials flushed out by a thoughtful presenter who provided additional detailed information and conveyed great empathy for the type of defendants the course addresses.

Lorien Elizabeth S.

Very interesting topic and knowledgeable speaker.

John I.

This was very good, would like to see a more practical, using a complex trauma expert CLE

Clay H.

Wow. very thorough and informative!

Robin B.

The information in this course will be very useful in my practice.

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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