Self- Paced Online Professional Training
20 Hours | 20 CEs (CEU) | $500
Distance Learning Home Study Program
This self-paced online training program focuses on the Best Practices in the Evaluation of Competence to Stand Trial. 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. Thus, it is imperative that these evaluations be conducted using best practices. Two important sources have recently been recognized as setting the foundation for best practices in competency evaluation. This training program provides a strong foundation for any mental health professional involved in or wishing to become involved in the evaluation of adjudicative competence.
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.
The fee for this training program is $500 and includes all materials and worksheets. In addition, case studies and other case-relevant materials are provided for training purposes. Participants are expected to commit 20 hours to completing this training program. Throughout the training program there will be quizzes that must be passed with a 70% in order to advance in the course. Once the course is completed participants will complete a course evaluation and then will be able to print their certificate of completion.
This training program is intended 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. This training program is for beginner, intermediate, and advanced level clinicians.
This is an awesome course! I am just beginning my forensic practice and Dr. Zapf provided all the relevant background information, case law, and research on CST as well as best practices and lots of practical information. She consulted with me through my first competency evaluation. I loved being able to interact with the group, discuss cases, and listen to others talk about their cases. I learned a ton!
-A. Bigsly, Licensed Psychologist
Best Practices in the Evaluation of CST
Best Practices in the Evaluation of Competence to Stand Trial
Presented by: Dr. Patricia Zapf
Learning Objectives: Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:
- Describe important legal cases that deal with issues relevant to the interpretation adjudicative competence standards and statutes
- Describe the developments in the conceptualization of the Dusky Standard
- Describe the research on evaluations of adjudicative competence
- Describe theoretical issues in competency evaluation
- Describe the most recent clinical guidance on competency evaluation
- Describe the best practices model
- Describe the administration procedures for various competency assessment instruments
- Describe the psychometric properties of CAIs
- Describe the process for case and opinion formulation
- Describe the process of communicating opinions regarding criminal competence
- Describe required, appropriate, and inappropriate report contents
- Describe opinions about competence in the written report and through expert testimony
20 Hours | 20 CE (CEU) Credits | $500
Here's What People are Saying...
"This program was very helpful to me and very well organized. Reading materials were very useful. I particularly appreciated an opportunity to address issues and questions pertaining to an ongoing evaluation that I was conducting at the time, and to receive comprehensive guidance from the course instructor. Thank you! I will definitely consider other courses offered by CONCEPT."- Psychologist in Private Practice
"I absolutely loved it!!!! Couldn’t have been more happy with the content and delivery.Dr. Zapf is inspiring and reminds me to do great work."- Early Career Psychologist
"Fantastic program! I felt the use of examples was very helpful and I thought that the downloads and other materials were very helpful."- State Forensic Evaluator
About our Presenter
Dr. Patricia Zapf
Dr. Zapf has published 8 books and manuals and over 85 articles and chapters, mainly on the assessment and conceptualization of criminal competencies. She was appointed Fellow of the American Psychological Association and Distinguished Member of the American Psychology-Law Society in 2006 for outstanding contributions to the field of law and psychology for her work in competency evaluation. In addition to her research, she serves as consultant to various criminal justice and policy organizations and has a private practice in forensic assessment. She has conducted over 2500 forensic evaluations in both the United States and Canada and has served as an expert witness in a number of cases, including the competency hearing of Jose Padilla.
Dr. Zapf is the author of Best Practices in Forensic Mental Health Assessment: Evaluation of Competency to Stand Trial; editor of Forensic Assessments in Criminal and Civil Law: A Handbook for Lawyers; and Editor-in-Chief of the APA Handbook of Forensic Psychology. She served on the National Judicial College’s Mental Competency—Best Practices Model panel of experts and travels throughout the United States and Internationally to train legal and mental health professionals on best practices in forensic evaluation.
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Continuing Education Credit
This course is excellent for professionals who conduct competency evaluations.
FoundationsParticipants will learn the legal foundations for adjudicative competence and the foundations for competence evaluation; as well as practical and theoretical issues in competency evaluation.
- Forensic Mental Health Assessment
- Forensic Mental Health Concepts
- Criminal Competence Evaluation
ConceptualizationParticipants will learn about the conceptualization of the Dusky standard and how to formulate a case conceptualization, and the opinion regarding a defendants adjudicative competence.
- Empirical foundations and limits
- Evaluation preparation
- Data Collection
- Evaluating special populations
CommunicationsParticipants will discuss how to communicate opinions about competence in a written report and through expert testimony.
- Report writing
- Expert testimony
- Advanced formulation