Basic Forensic Evaluation: Principles and Practice

October 2-6 2017, Monday- Friday, five-day program

ILPPP Office, 1230 Cedars Court, Suite 108, Charlottesville

Forensic Training Series

This five-day program will provide foundational, evidence-based training in the principles and practice of forensic evaluation, with content provided by experts in legal, clinical, ethical, practice and other aspects of forensic mental health evaluations with adults.  Mental health professionals, criminal justice professionals, mental health and criminal justice administrators and policy makers, and others may be interested in this program.  Academic educators and researchers may also be interested.  If you are interested in forensic evaluation with juveniles please see information for that special program.

Date: Monday through Friday, October 2-6 2017   

Time: 9:00AM to 5:00PM daily most days.  Please plan to arrive early on day one to register and pick up the training manual.  Lunch on your own daily for one hour or one and one-half hour.  Please follow training agenda provided to be sure of each day's time frame. 

Location: Offices of ILPPP, University of Virginia, Charlottesville VA.  ILPPP is at 1230 Cedars Court, Suite 108, Charlottesville, VA 22904.  Cedars Court is a cul de sac off Barracks Road, near Emmet Street (US 29 Business) and the US 29/250 Bypass.  There is a local bank on both corners at the entrance to Cedars Court.  ILPPP offices are in the 1228-1230 Cedar Court Center, in the 1230 Building, which is the rear building.  ILPPP entrances are at the farthest corner of the 1230 Building.  There is plenty of free parking but please do not park in spots marked 'Visitor' which are for the convenient of patients visiting clinics at the Center.  Thank you.  If you are interested to know of local lodging please inquire with els2e@virginia.edu

Lead faculty for this program: Daniel Murrie PhD, Professor, School of Medicine, ILPPP will be lead faculty.  Other faculty will be Scott Bender PhD, Sara Boyd PhD, Bruce Cohen MD, Dewey Cornell PhD, Lawrence Fitch Esq., Kristen Hudacek PsyD,  Sharon Kelley JD, PhD, Angela Torres PhD, Janet Warren DSW, Heather Zelle JD, PhD .  Brief bios will be available on the agenda.  Please request at els2e@virginia.edu

Educational objectives:  Please see the daily list of educational objectives below. 

Disclosures:

The following speaker(s) with this program have no personal or professional financial relationships with a commercial entity producing healthcare goods and/or services: (in alphabetical order) :

Daniel Murrie PhD, other faculty to be added here. 

The planning committee have no personal or professional financial relationships with a commercial entity producing healthcare goods and/or services (in alphabetical order): Daniel Murrie PhD, Michael Schaefer PhD, Benjamin Skowysz LCSW, Janet Warren DSW

Accreditation and Designation Statements:

For physicians and others

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the University of Virginia School of Medicine and Institute of Law, Psychiatry, and Public Policy. The University of Virginia School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Virginia School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 25.0 (expected) AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The University of Virginia School of Medicine awards 25.0 (expected) hours of participation (equivalent to AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)tm) to each non-physician participant who successfully completes this educational activity. The University of Virginia School of Medicine maintains a record of participation for six (6) years.

The program is jointly provided by the Office of Continuing Medical Education of the the University of Virginia School of Medicine and the Institute of Law, Psychiatry, and Public Policy at the University of Virginia.

The cost will be $12 for each hour of credits claimed out of the 25 total available.

For psychologists and others

The Institute of Law, Psychiatry and Public Policy at the University of Virginia is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Institute of Law, Psychiatry and Public Policy at the University of Virginia maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

There will be no cost. 

Continuing education

Please find complete information regarding continuing education at the linked provided below:

CE available for October 2-6 2017 Basic Forensic Evaluation: Principles and Practice

How to register for the program

Application for registration is made through your individual user profile created with the ILPPP website. Please create your profile, or get automated help to find your profile if you have forgotten your profile name or password: http://ilppp.virginia.edu/OREM/Registrant/SignIn
After you apply for registration you will receive an automated email confirming that ILPPP has received your application. Acceptance into a program is not automatic because capacity limitations and public mental health system needs are considered. After ILPPP formally accepts a registrant  into the program they will receive a second automated email that confirms registration and includes invoice information and online payment instructions.
Before the program ILPPP will send further information to assist participant's planning. Questions about registration may go to els2e@virginia.edu 
Registration & Cancellation Fees and Refund Policy
Fees: Employees of VA DBHDS facilities and CSBs - $375.00. Others - $950.00. Cancellation fee - $25.00.

A full registration fee refund will be processed only if the registrant has submitted the cancellation notice to ILPPP no later than 7 days prior to the first day of the program. If registration is cancelled 6 days or less days prior there is a $25 cancellation service charge which will be deducted from the program’s registration fee. The remainder of the registration fee will be processed within 10 days following the end of the training program. Please allow 30 days following the end of the training program to receive the refund. Refunds will be processed according to the method of original payment (check, credit card or EDI-transfer).

Educational objectives by day

At the conclusion of the program participants will be able to:

Day one 

Describe critical difference between therapeutic roles and forensic roles of mental health professionals.

Discuss legal foundations of forensic practice in systems of law, court systems, and criminal  justice proceedings.

Name components of the forensic mental health system in Virginia.

Discuss issues of sentencing involved with forensic evaluation of adults.

Day two 

Identify important legal and Constitutional standards regarding evaluation of competency to stand trial for the courts (e.g. Dusky v. U.S., Drope v. Missouri, and other standards).

Discuss the relevant abilities of individuals who are found competent to stand trial, and lack of relevant abilities of individuals who are found not competent to stand trail, under Virginia law.

Discuss foundational clinical and practical considerations for mental health professionals to prepare and to conduct evaluations of competence to stand trial.

Identify critical issues involved with intellectual disability and forensic evaluation.

Discuss critical issues involved with restoration of competency with adults.

Describe elements observed from viewing one or two recorded forensic evaluations where issues of competence to stand trial were involved and discuss their observations.

Use a checklist to assist collecting information from interviews and from collateral documents with a case involving competence to stand trial.

Day three 

Outline stages in the development of the legal standard for insanity and describe the meaning of insanity under Virginia law (including the 'cognitive' and the 'volitional' prongs).

Identify critical parameters under Virginia law for conducting and reporting and testifying regarding conclusions made by mental health professionals regarding insanity (including difference between evaluating for the defense and evaluating for the prosecution).

Discuss foundational clinical and practical considerations for mental health professionals to prepare and to conduct evaluations of sanity at the time of the offense.

Describe elements observed from viewing one or two recorded forensic evaluations where issues of sanity at the time of the offense were involved and discuss their observations.

Use a checklist to assist collecting information from interviews and from collateral documents with a case involving sanity at the time of the offense.

Day four 

Outline legal standards involved with preparing for and offering testimony as a forensic expert (including qualifications, Frye standard, Daubert standard, rules of evidence).

Discuss aspects of best professional practices when preparing for and offering testimony in a forensic case (including the voir dire, presenting testimony, and handling cross-examination).

Discuss varieties of collateral documents that may support a forensic evaluation and handling of information from collateral documents in a report.

Identify some common writing problems when drafting and finishing a forensic evaluation report.

Identify critical issues involved with assessing for malingering.

Discuss contributions of psychiatry to forensic evaluation with adults.

Participants will review all materials and complete a multiple choice exam on day four.

Day five 

Participants will view a recorded forensic interview and draft a forensic report on day five. Faculty review and comment back on the writing exercise.

If time allows, participants will practice offering testimony from their report on day five.