Adult Forensic Programs

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Previously Held Programs

Evaluating Legal Sanity: Beyond the Basics with Ira Packer

Motivational Interviewing with David Prescott

Violence Risk Assessment wth Laura Guy

Assessing Trial Competence with Patricia Zapf

Cultural Competence in Forensic Mental Health Assessment and Treatment with Barry Rosenfeld

Ethics in Forensic Practice with Alan Goldstein

Risk, Needs, and Responsivity Principles with Offenders with Robert Morgan

Expert Testimony and Trial Preparation with Randy Otto

State-of-the-Art Framework for Assessing, Documenting, and Responding to Suicide Risk: Commmitment to Living (CTL), with Anthony Pisani

Violence and Aggression Assessment of Veterans with Eric Elbogen

Fall 2015 Assessing Risk for Violence in Clinical Practice

September 11 2015, Charlottesville VA : Topics of this one-day program include overview of risk assessment (history, process, ethical considerations), empirically supported risk factors, structured risk assessment instruments, risk communications and report writing. The HCR:20 instrument is presented including an exercise using a case example. Faculty will also discuss proceeding from risk assessment to risk management. This program meets one of the training requirements for clinicians who conduct VA DBHDS Commissioner evaluations for NGRI acquittees. Registration fees: Employees of VA DBHDS facilities and Community Services Boards/Behavioral Health Authorities: $65. Others: $150. Cancellation fee: $25

Fall 2015 Basic Forensic Evaluation: Principles and Practice

October 5-9 2015, Charlottesville VA : This five-day program provides foundational, evidence-based training in the principles and practice of forensic evaluation. Content includes clinical, legal, ethical, practical and other aspects of forensic evaluation with adults. The format combines lectures, clinical case material, and practice case examples for evaluation of adults. Day five incorporates a report writing exercise. Registration fees: Employees of VA DBHDS facilities and Community Services Boards/Behavioral Health Authorities: $300. Others: $750. Cancellation fee: $25

2015 Hoffman Memorial Lecture: Firearms, Mental Illness, and the Law: Keeping Guns from Risky People while Keeping Faith with the Second Amendment with Jeffrey Swanson

PTSD: Evidence-based Assessment and Treatment with Matthew Yoder

Fall 2015 Evaluating Individuals Found Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity

December 11 2015: This one-day program addresses assessment of persons who have been found Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity (NGRI) in criminal cases and therefore require forensic evaluation regarding commitment or conditional release. Please note that this program is most relevant for VA DBHDS staff involved in evaluation and supervision of NGRI acquittees. This program meets the training requirements for clinicians who conduct VA DBHDS Commissioner-appointed evaluations of NGRI acquittees. Registration fees: Employees of VA DBHDS facilities and Community Services Boards/Behavioral Health Authorities: $65. Others: $150. Cancellation fee: $25

Winter 2016 Conducting Mental Health Evaluations for Capital Sentencing Proceedings

February 29-March 1 2016, Charlottesville VA : This two-day program prepares experienced forensic mental health professionals to meet the demands of a capital sentencing case, in which the accused faces the possibility of the death penalty. Attorneys and others are welcome. The agenda includes statutory guidelines for conducting these evaluations, the nature of the mitigation inquiry, the increased relevance of intellectual disabilities, the process of consulting with both the defense and the prosecution, and ethics in forensic practice. Registration fees: Employees of VA DBHDS facilities and Community Services Boards/Behavioral Health Authorities: $130. Others: $190. Cancellation fee: $25