Forensic practice requires a higher level of accountability than general clinical practice and forensic practitioners are expected to maintain competency in their area of practice by keeping up with law, statutes, and Supreme Court decisions that bear on their work, in addition to the empirical research literature. We’ve made it easy for you to obtain the foundational and practical knowledge you need to develop or maintain your competence in criminal forensic evaluation. Whether you’re a seasoned professional who just needs a little ‘brushing up’ or you’re planning to add criminal forensic evaluation to your scope of practice, this training sequence will ensure that you receive expert professional training with a solid evidence base.
Why take the Criminal Forensic Assessment training sequence?
This training sequence will provide you with:
1. The foundational, practical, and advanced knowledge required for conducting evaluations of competence to stand trial.
2. The foundational, practical, and advanced knowledge required for conducting (insanity) evaluations of mental state of the time of the offense.
3. The foundational and practical knowledge required for report writing in forensic evaluation.
4. The foundational and practical knowledge required for expert testimony regarding forensic evaluation.
5. The foundational and practical knowledge required to practice forensic evaluation in accordance with professional ethical standards.
This training program 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.For more information on this training click the icon.
This self-paced online training program focuses on Evaluation of Criminal Responsibility/Insanity. This program will provide a comprehensive overview of evaluations of criminal responsibility (insanity; mental state at the time of the offense). Best practices will be described and the empirical basis for evaluation in this area will highlighted. Participants will be given an overview of the legal standards and context for criminal responsibility evaluations will be presented. For more information on this training click the icon.
This self-paced online training program is devoted to expert testimony that mental health professionals provide in depositions, trials, and administrative hearings. As such, this program should be of interest to all mental health professionals who testify in legal proceedings regardless of their specialty area. The focus is on oral communication of one’s activities and opinions. Thus, preparation of interrogatories, affidavits and reports is not addressed. For more information on this training click the icon.
This self-paced online training program focuses on Ethics in Forensic Psychological Practice. Using a case study approach, this training program reviews ethical challenges/issues commonly encountered by forensic psychologists. It is NOT a workshop on ethics in general psychology practice. Participants are encouraged to anchor their judgments in various sources of professional authority (e.g., ethical principles, practice guidelines). For more information on this training click the icon.
This self-paced online professional training program on Report Writing for Forensic Evaluations focuses on conducting well-constructed forensic psychological evaluations and how it is not enough to persuade judges, attorneys, and other referral sources. Examiners must also be able to effectively communicate what data they considered, what actions they took, and the opinions they formed and underlying reasoning. For more information on this training click the icon.