Borderline Personality Disorder for Criminal Defense Lawyers

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Borderline Personality Disorder for Criminal Defense Lawyers
Borderline Personality Disorder for Criminal Defense Lawyers

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Course Description

In this course, attorney and forensic expert Mark Silver delves into criminal mitigation strategies for the client suffering from Borderline Personality Disorder. Borderline Personality Disorder is among the least understood, and yet perhaps the most important mental health issues for criminal defense lawyers. As many as 6% of the population carry the diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder and the criteria for this mental health issue provide profound understanding regarding the criminal defendant's decision-making, behaviors and conduct, emotional instability, erratic conduct, impulsivity, depression and low self-esteem, and related matters. It is crucial for the criminal defense lawyer to be able to recognize borderline personality disorder in clients and know when to refer the case for an evaluation and/or how to use aspects of this disorder for mitigation purposes.

Learning Objectives:
I. Understand the criteria of Borderline Personality Disorder as among the most important mental health diagnoses with criminal defendants
II. Identify the challenges and obstacles of defending such clients
III. Recognize how the criteria of this disorder can serve as a direct defense and/or mitigating factors in the advocacy process

Length: 1hr 0min

Member Reviews

Quite definitive given the intertwining of both psychology and the law.
- Jose A.
Well done. Speaker was very knowledgeable.
- Daniel B.
I was impressed with his knowledge of borderline personality disorder and how to go about explaining the disorder to someone who does not.
- Brini Z.
This was really a fascinating course, and the instructor seems like he me the authority on the subject. I have enjoyed all the classes I've taken with Lex Vid.
- Mark W.
Excellent. Very informative and well-delivered lecture.
- James C.
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Meet the Lecturer(s)

Mark Silver

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. 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 or 917-608-1346.

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