Adult Forensic Programs

Scheduled Programs (registration applications now being accepted)

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

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

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

The Sixteenth P. Browning Hoffman Memorial Lecture in Law and Psychiatry will be presented at the School of Law, University of Virginia, on October 7 2015 at 4:30 PM. Jeffrey Swanson, Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University School of Medicine, will present on the topic Firearms, Mental Illness, and the Law: Keeping Guns from Risky People while Keeping Faith with the Second Amendment. The Hoffman Memorial Lecture is open to the public, without charge, and welcomes any and all to attend.

Seminar: Trauma and Treatment

November 12 2015, Charlottesville VA : This one-day program, in a seminar setting with limited attendance, will provide an overview of issues of trauma and treatment. Matthew Yoder PhD, with the National Center for PTSD's Consultation Program, and formerly with the Ralph H. Johnson VA Center in Charleston SC, will be lead faculty. Registration fees: Employees of VA DBHDS facilities and Community Services Boards/Behavioral Health Authorities: $65. Others: $150. Cancellation fee: $25

Future Programs (programs planned but not finalized; applications not yet being accepted)

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Previously Held Programs

Fall 2013 Basic Forensic Evaluation: Principles and Practice

October 7-11 2013, Charlottesville VA : This five-day program provides foundational, evidence-based training in the principles and practice of forensic evaluation. The format combines lectures, clinical case material, and practice case examples for evaluation of adults. Registration fees: Employees of VA DBHDS facilities and Community Services Boards: $250. Others: $750.

Fall 2013 Assessing Risk for Violence in Clinical Practice

November 20 2013, Charlottesville VA : This one-day program addresses assessing risk for violent behavior. The content includes base rates for violence among various populations, clinical symptomatology, dynamic and static risk factors, structured risk assessment instruments, report writing, and ethics in professional practice. 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: $50. Others: $135. Group discounts to other agencies may be available: please contact els2e@virginia.edu.

Fall 2013 Evaluating Individuals Found Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity

December 11 2013: 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: $50. Others: $135. Group discounts to other agencies may be available: please contact els2e@virginia.edu.

Winter 2014 Advanced Seminar: Risk, Needs, and Responsivity Principles with Offenders

January 24 2014, Charlottesville VA : Robert Morgan, PhD, will present a full-day advanced seminar on Risk, Needs, and Responsivity Principles with Offenders. The “RNR” principles underlie modern best-practices approaches to violence risk assessment and treatment, for criminal offenders, including mentally disordered offenders, and offenders preparing for re-entry. This program may meet needs of providers for renewal of SOTP certification in Virginia. Registration fees: Employees of VA DBHDS facilities and Community Services Boards: $50. Others: $135. Group discounts to other agencies may be available: please contact els2e@virginia.edu.

Spring 2014 Conducting Mental Health Evaluations for Capital Sentencing Proceedings

April 21-22 2014, 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 mental retardation, 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: $100. Others: $190. Group discounts to other agencies may be available: please contact els2e@virginia.edu.

Spring 2014 Advanced Seminar: Expert Testimony and Trial Preparation

May 21 2014, Charlottesville VA: This full-day advanced seminar engages participants in learning about trial preparation, court room dynamics, and expert testimony. Presenters include: Randy Otto, PhD, ABPP and Judge Edward L Hogshire. The program will be held at the University of Virginia's School of Law. Registration fees: Employees of VA DBHDS facilities and Community Services Boards: $50. Others: $135. Group discounts to other agencies may be available: please contact els2e@virginia

Fall 2014 Assessing Risk for Violence in Clinical Practice

September 9 2014, Charlottesville VA : This one-day program addresses assessing risk for violent behavior. The content includes base rates for violence among various populations, clinical symptomatology, dynamic and static risk factors, structured risk assessment instruments, report writing, and ethics in professional practice. 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: $60. Others: $135. Cancellation fee: $25

Fall 2014 Basic Forensic Evaluation: Principles and Practice

October 6-10 2014, 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. Registration fees: Employees of VA DBHDS facilities and Community Services Boards: $250. Others: $750. Cancellation fee: $25

Fall 2014 Evaluating Individuals Found Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity

December 10 2014: 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: $60. Others: $135. Cancellation fee: $25

Winter 2015 Advanced Seminar: State-of-the-Art Framework for Assessing, Documenting, and Responding to Suicide Risk

January 22 2015, Charlottesville VA : This one-day program will present Commitment To Living (CTL) an evidence-based curriculum for mental health professionals to address suicide risk among adolescents and adults that has demonstrated improvements in assessment and documentation based on objectively-rated samples collected from novice and experienced clinicians alike. The workshop teaches core competencies in suicide risk assessment, documentation, and patient- and family-centered decision-making. Registration fees: Employees of VA DBHDS facilities and Community Services Boards: $60. Others: $135. Cancellation fee: $25

Spring 2015 Advanced Seminar: Violence and Aggression Assessment with Veterans

March 27 2015, Charlottesville VA : This one-day program will engage participants with a leading expert on forensic mental health issues with veterans, Eric Elbogen PhD, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Dr Elbogen will review and discuss up-to-date scientific literatures on risk and protective factors associated with aggression post-deployment and on violence in military populations generally. Systematic risk assessment will be discussed. Participants will experience a ‘walk through’ of a violence screening (with the VIO-SCAN) and a systematic violence risk assessment. Registration fees: Employees of VA DBHDS facilities and Community Services Boards: $60. Others: $135. Cancellation fee: $25