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Fourth Annual Forensic Symposium Focuses on Munchausen Syndrome By Proxy; Seminar on Drugs, Poisons Follows with Noted Toxicologist

FORT MYERS, FL - Criminal justice and health professionals from around the state are invited to attend the Florida Gulf Coast University Fourth Annual Forensic Symposium and a post-event seminar, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday and Friday, March 4 and 5 in the Whitaker Hall Sprint Room.

This year’s symposium will focus on Munchausen Syndrome By Proxy followed by a one-day seminar on drugs and poisons.

Munchausen Syndrome By Proxy, or MSBP, was first reported in 1951. The term is used when a parent or caretaker presents a false history to a physician regarding a child who is not suffering from any of the fabricated symptoms. The history causes the physician to perform unnecessary diagnostic procedures that do not result in any specific diagnosis. The perpetrator’s motivation is to assume the sick role by proxy.

The symposium and the seminar are appropriate education for emergency healthcare professionals, criminal justice professionals, students and educators.

The symposium includes presentations by forensics professors from FGCU, chief of the Felony Division from the 20th Judicial Court and by an intervention and treatment specialist.

Keynote speaker for the follow-up seminar on drugs and poisons is noted toxicologist and board-certified diplomat of the American Board of Applied Toxicology John H. Trestrail III.

Trestrail is the founding director of the Center for the Study of Criminal Poisoning and the Toxicological Historical Society. Two of his books, Criminal Poisoning and The Poison Puzzlebook, will be available for sale at the University Bookstore.

Registration for criminal justice and health professionals is $75 per individual day or $120 for both events. Students from any institutions may attend for $50 per day or $80 for both days. Continental breakfast and lunch is included.

The FGCU Center for Forensic Excellence and the Lambda Alpha Epsilon campus chapter of the American Criminal Justice Association are sponsoring the event.

For more information, contact assistant professor of Criminal Justice David A. Lounsbury at (239) 590-7831.

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