TAMPA, Fla. – July 11, 2016
Phone: (888) 709-4448
CONCEPT Professional Training, a global leader in online professional training in forensic mental health, announced today that it has launched a new professional online training program called Best Practices in the Evaluation of Competence to Stand Trial. This training program, presented by Dr. Patricia Zapf, covers the legal foundations for adjudicative competence, including new developments in the conceptualization of the Dusky standard, as well as practical and theoretical issues in competency evaluation. Competency assessment instruments are reviewed in depth as are report writing and expert testimony. The trainee is taken through the foundations for competency evaluation, the specific abilities to be evaluated, how to formulate a case conceptualization and ultimate opinion regarding a defendant’s adjudicative competence, how to communicate opinions about competence in the written report and through expert testimony.
Best Practices in the Evaluation of Competence to Stand Trial training program is relevant for psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers and other mental health professionals who conduct competency evaluations for the criminal courts or those who would like to expand their practice to offer evaluations of adjudicative competence.
“One of the primary foundations of criminal law is that all defendants have a right to a fair trial. Towards this end, upwards of 60,000 evaluations of competency to stand trial are conducted annually in the USA. Research has shown that the opinion of the evaluator in these evaluations is accepted by the courts upwards of 95% of the time,” explains Dr. Zapf. “Thus, it is imperative that these evaluations be conducted using best practices.”
This professional online training program will specifically cover:
* Important legal cases that deal with issues relevant to the interpretation of adjudicative competence standards and statutes
* Research on evaluations of adjudicative competence
* The most recent clinical guidance on competency evaluation and the best practices model
* The administration procedures for various competency assessment instruments as well as the psychometric properties of CAIs
* The process for case and opinion formulation
* The process of communicating opinions regarding criminal competence
* Required, appropriate, and inappropriate report contents
For more information on Best Practices in the Evaluation of Competence to Stand Trial, visit here.
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Consolidated Continuing Education & Professional Training (CONCEPT) provides expert online professional training in areas relevant to criminal and civil forensic mental health assessment, corrections, law enforcement, and forensic intervention. Our goal is to provide premium professional training in an accessible online format. We believe in the value of world-class professional training, enhanced by continuing education and lifelong learning, in an online format accessible to all.