Roster Events

Mental Health and the Criminal Code


Legal Aid Alberta is hosting a virtual training session covering a variety of topics relating to mental health and the criminal code on November 22, 2022, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Staff lawyers and guest speakers will be presenting on:

  • 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 Michele 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

This session has finished. If you are interested in a copy of the recorded training, please email [email protected].


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