CONCEPT Professional Training and Palo Alto University Announce Summer Training Institute Workshop on Sentencing Evaluations in Capital and Juvenile Murder Cases

(Lithia, FL –  DATE, 2018) – CONCEPT Professional Training, a global leader in online professional training in forensic mental health, and Palo Alto University, Northern California’s leading school of psychology and counseling, announced today that Dr. Mark Cunningham will present a 2-day workshop on Sentencing Evaluations in Capital and Juvenile Murder Cases at this year’s Summer Training Institute at Palo Alto University August 20th – 24th, 2018.

Summer Training Institute is 5 days of mix-and-match professional development workshops presented by internationally renowned experts in forensic psychology.

This year, internationally recognized expert on sentencing issues in capital and child murder cases, Dr. Mark Cunningham, will present a 2-day workshop on Evaluations for High Stakes Sentencing: Capital and Juvenile Murder Cases.

Landmark U.S. Supreme Court cases have mandated individualized sentencing when the death penalty is sought or a defendant is facing a life-without-parole for an offense committed as a juvenile. Mental health professionals are routinely called upon to assist in illuminating the associated considerations of moral culpability and specific deterrence. This workshop discusses four specific high stakes sentencing contexts—evaluation for capital mitigation, capital violence risk assessment for prison, evaluation of intellectual disability, and evaluation in juvenile murder cases—and describes conceptual underpinnings, evaluation procedures, relevant research literature, and the analysis/integration of case data for each. Participants will be provided with extensive illustration of how evaluation findings can be effectively communicated in reports and slide-assisted testimony.


This workshop is eligible for continuing education credit. For a complete listing of approvals


For more information on the Summer Training Institute 2018, visit the information page.



Consolidated Continuing Education and Professional Training (CONCEPT) provides expert professional training in areas relevant to criminal and civil forensic mental health assessment, correctional, law enforcement, and forensic intervention. CONCEPT’s professional training programs are presented by the field’s top experts and are based on empirical research and best practices. CONCEPT is dedicated to providing premium professional training, enhanced by technology and e-learning pedagogy, in an accessible online format.


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Palo Alto University (PAU) is a private, nonprofit educational institution, founded in 1975 as the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology (PGSP), an independent, professional school. PGSP was first accredited in 1986 by the regional accrediting body, the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. It has been continuously accredited since then. PGSP re-incorporated as Palo Alto University in August 2009. PAU is dedicated to education with an emphasis in the behavioral and social sciences; to promoting future innovators and leaders for the benefit of society; to generating knowledge through research and scholarship of the highest level; and to providing services to the community informed by science and scholarship.




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