14th Annual

Risk & Recovery Forensic Conference

Over the past few days, St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton and McMaster University have considered the impact of COVID-19 on the public, staff, learners and attendees. A large number of organizations and public health agencies have been moving towards cancelling large gatherings and conferences. In light of these circumstances, we regret that we need to cancel the 14th Annual Risk and Recovery Forensic Conference for April 15th – April 17th.
On behalf of the Forensic Psychiatry program here at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, we would like to thank you for your support of our Annual Risk and Recovery Conference. Our presenters and participants have been an instrumental partner in the success of this conference.
St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton and the Forensic Psychiatry Program truly value your commitment to our conference and this decision has been extremely difficult to make. Given the extenuating circumstances our community is currently facing, we appreciate your understanding of our decision to cancel the Risk and Recovery Conference. We are in consultation with Public Health Canada as well as other provincial partners in their ongoing recommendations to prevent further impact. For those of you who have paid registration fees, arrangements are being made for a full refund as soon as possible. Refunds will be issued using your original payment method. We also ask that individuals cancel their own hotel guestroom reservations by calling the Sheraton directly at 888-627-8161.
Thank you again for your understanding.
Sincerely, Dr. Gary Chaimowitz
Head of Service, Forensic Psychiatry Program

Welcome to Risk & Recovery!

Learn from experts in risk assessment, risk management, and recovery!

A conference for professionals in mental health, probation & parole, corrections, legal services and police. 

St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton's Forensic Psychiatry Program is committed to the importance of the academic enterprise. It is through the acquisition of new knowledge through research, knowledge translation and education that allows our program to be a forerunner in mental health research and to deliver the best possible care to the patients we serve.


Pre-Conference Workshops

Risk-Needs-Responsivity in Forensic Mental Health Workshop - CANCELLED 

The eHARM Certification Workshop: Improving Patient and Staff Safety - CANCELLED


The Risk & Recovery Conference features international experts in the field of forensic psychiatry. Keynote Speakers this year have been CANCELLED 

Dr. Joseph Ferencz   

Dr. Adelle Forth

Dr. Xiaoping Wang

     Dr. Bernice Downey

Dr. Mark Olver 

Click here for more information about speakers and topics


About the Conference

What is Risk & Recovery?

St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton and McMaster University are pleased to be presenting the 14th Annual Risk and Recovery Forensic Conference. Featuring experts on risk assessment, risk management and recovery, the conference is an opportunity to expand your knowledge of forensic psychiatry and contribute to the pursuit of excellence in mental health care. 

Five stimulating keynote speakers will address a variety of topics. Participants will choose from a number of symposia to address topics in forensic mental health in more detail.


Additional Opportunities

The Diplomat Restaurant - CANCELLED

The Diplomat is a casual, diverse eatery inspired from global street scenes and markets. The eclectic decor is modern, colourful and exudes a fun and energetic atmosphere.

Mock Trial - CANCELLED

Participate in reaching a verdict in the most shocking murder trial of the (19th) Century


Contact us

With questions, or for more information on speakers, times, location, workshops, and additional opportunities

Email:  forensicconference@stjoes.ca

Forensic Psychiatry Program, Room H319C
St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton 
West 5th Campus, 100 West 5th St. 
Hamilton, ON, L8N 3K7

905-522-1155 ex. 35415


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