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Child Murder by Parents with Phillip J. Resnick, M.D.

Length: 3 hours 44 minutes

CE Credits: 3.75

Andrea Yates and Susan Smith have increased public awareness about parents killing their children.  Among depressed mothers with children younger than three years of age, 41% report thoughts of killing their children.  The motives for killing newborns (neonaticide) will be distinguished from the killing of children older than 24 hours (filicide).  Child murder will be divided into 5 categories: altruistic, acutely psychotic, unwanted child, child maltreatment, and spouse revenge.  Dr. Resnick will discuss the perpetrators' and their spouses' reactions to the homicides in this 4-hour workshop.  Videotaped examples of cases of altruistic filicide and neonaticide will serve as a basis for the discussion.  Strategies for prevention will be addressed.

Psychologists attending this half-day training will be able to:

- identify the differences between filicide and neonaticide

- classify child-murders based on motive

- identify the motives of mothers who kill their newborns

- specify which child killers are most likely to succeed in an insanity defense


Phillip J. Resnick, M.D., is a Professor of Psychiatry and Director, Division of Forensic Psychiatry at Case School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Resnick served as a consultant in many high profile cases, including those of Jeffrey Dahmer, Susan Smith, Timothy McVeigh, Andrea Yates, Scott Peterson, Casey Anthony, Theodore Kaczynski (the Unabomber), and James Holmes (the Aurora, Colorado, Batman movie shooter). Dr. Resnick is a past president of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law.  He has published 180 articles and book chapters.  He is internationally recognized and has lectured in 49 states and 23 countries.