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Psychology and the Legal System (P.A.L.S) Network


This network is an interdisciplinary group of people including mental health professionals, lawyers and students who have a shared commitment to providing trauma education to the legal community.  The aim is to promote more trauma-informed legal practices and courtrooms, in service of improving both the well-being of individuals before the courts and also the emotional health and performance of those who work in the legal system.  P.A.LS has collaborated with Osgoode Hall Law School and the Innocence Canada, as well as other interested parties.  

For more information contact Dr. Julie Goldenson.

Training & Conferences

For psychologists working at the intersection of psychology and the law, there are a number of excellent weekly trainings that have cropped up in the last few years.


The University of New Mexico Law and Mental Health Lecture Series

There are live(virtual) presentations every Tuesday 1:00 PM, and a number of excellent recorded presentations

Law and Mental Health Webinar Series - Forensic Resources

The International Forensic Lecture series

Hosted more locally by McMaster University and St. Joseph’s Health Care there are live (virtual) presentations on Thursdays at 10:00am.  There are also a number of excellent recorded presentations.

International Forensic Psychiatry Lecture Series > Forensic Psychiatry Institute

There are forensic grand rounds offered in connection with the University of Manitoba and University of Alberta.  Attendance needs to be coordinated individually and you are welcome to contact Julie Goldenson ([email protected]) to facilitate a connection.


The Forensic Psychiatry Institute is also putting on a Risk and Recovery conference April 19-21, 2023.

Risk and Recovery Forensic Conference > Forensic Psychiatry Institute

The 5th North American Correctional and Criminal Justice Psychology Conference (N5) is June 23-25 here in Toronto.

5th North American Correctional and Criminal Justice Psychology Conference (N5) - Canadian Psychological Association ( 

And further afield, in Sydney Australia there is the

International Association of Forensic Mental Health Services - 2023 CONFERENCE (