Continuing Education

Forensic Toxicology Testimony: How to Effectively Communicate our Science to the Courts

The SOFT Continuing Education Committee would like to announce their first Regional Workshop of 2016. The Workshop Faculty will include both toxicologists and attorneys who will share their experiences in the courtroom to illustrate approaches to meeting the needs of the court and communicating complex scientific concepts to non-scientists. After attending this course, participants will be able to: (1) Understand courtroom etiquette and terminology, (2) Develop the skills needed to be an effective expert witness, and (3) Communicate scientific procedures, research and findings to non-scientists.

To attend the workshop, complete the Workshop Registration Form and submit the form and payment to the SOFT Office no later than May 9, 2016. Click here to download the Workshop Registration Form.

If you have any questions, please contact -

Local Host: Ashraf Mozayani, Ph.D.

SOFT Continuing Education Workshop Committee Chair: Jayne E. Thatcher, Ph.D

Forensic Science Education through RTI

The Center for Forensic Sciences at RTI International supports the National Institute of Justice, the Office of Victims of Crime and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration in developing and delivering online education for forensic scientists and managers.

Although frequently unable to attend regional or national meetings, practicing forensic professionals must stay current with best practices in their fields. RTI's online courses give forensic professionals access to a wide variety of subject matters with impressive depth and applicability. Each instruction module contains approximately one hour of instructional content and is delivered on-line to facilitate course attendance and completion. The rich content courses are delivered in a live setting, in addition to on-demand, self-paced instruction. Upon completion, attendees receive a certificate of completion. Where appropriate, RTI's courses are accredited.

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Forensic Science Continuing Education Tracks at West Virginia University

The Forensic Science Initiative program is completely online, and offers a number of courses for professionals working in forensic toxicology. Courses include Fundamentals of Forensic Toxicology, Forensic Mass Spectrometry, Perspectives in Expert Testimony and Ethics in Forensic Science.

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