Mental Health and the Criminal Code

Date: November 22, 2022

Location: Online Event

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Legal Aid Alberta has assembled an expert panel of speakers to cover a variety of topics relating to mental health and the criminal code on Nov. 22, 2022, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. (MT).

Topics include:

  • Forensic psychiatry for lawyers – A crash course in terminology and key concepts
  • Understanding (and challenging) risk assessments
  • Forensic psychiatry and sex offenders: What lawyers need to know (risk, treatment, etc.)
  • The law of fitness and NCRMD (i.e. what comes before the Review Board)
  • Introduction to practice at the Alberta Review Board
  • Introduction to the Mental Health Act and Mental Health Review Panel process
  • Mental Health Court & practice tips for working with mentally ill clients
  • Trauma informed practice


  • Judge Michelle Collinson, Provincial Court of Alberta
  • Dr. Raheed Syed, MD, FRCPC, Forensic Psychiatrist, Alberta Health Services
  • Alexandra Seaman, Defence Counsel, DDSG Criminal Law
  • Amna Qureshi, Staff Lawyer, Legal Aid Alberta
  • Andrew Holko, Staff Lawyer, Legal Aid Alberta

Register to attend this free event online.