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

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

Cognitive and social psychological bases of bias in forensic mental health evaluations

May 2 2017, Charlottesville VA: This one-day program with expert Tess Neal PhD integrates findings from cognitive neuroscience, cognitive psychology, and social psychology into the basic science of bias in human judgment as relevant to judgments and decisions by forensic mental health professionals. The program will be interactive, including experiential exercises and discussion activities to demonstrate the topics described. Other expert faculty will explore issues of cognitive bias. We close with a panel discussion with providers from a variety of clinical settings. Registration fees: Employees of VA DBHDS facilities and Community Services Boards/Behavioral Health Authorities: $70. Others: $195. Cancellation fee: $25

Assessing Risk for Violence in Clinical Practice

September 11 2017, 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. Fees: Employees of VA DBHDS facilities and CSBs - $75.00. Others - $195.00 (contact els2e@virginia.edu to see if a group discount is possible). Cancellation fee - $25.00.

Basic Forensic Evaluation: Principles and Practice

October 2-6 2017, 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 mental health 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. Fees: Employees of VA DBHDS facilities and CSBs - $375.00. Others - $950.00. Cancellation fee - $25.00.

Evaluating Individuals Found Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity

December 8 2017: 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: $75.00 Others: $195.00 Cancellation fee: $25.00

The Biopsychosocial Imprint of Complex Trauma: Implications for Evaluation and Treatment in Forensic and Community Contexts - with Katherine Porterfield PhD

January 11 2018, Charlottesville VA: Katherine Porterfield PhD, is clinical instructor in the Department of Psychiatry, New York University, where she provides individual and family therapy to children, adolescents and adults and supervises trainees working with survivors of torture. Dr Porterfield will present foundational information for understanding and treating cases of complex trauma. Fees: Employees of VA DBHDS facilities and CSBs - $75.00. Others - $195.00 (contact els2e@virginia.edu to see if a group discount is possible). Cancellation fee - $25.00.

Is Addiction a "Brain Disease"? Does it Matter? - Seventeenth P. Browning Hoffman Memorial Lecture

The Institute of Law, Psychiatry and Public Policy and the Schools of Law and Medicine, University of Virginia present The Seventeenth P. Browning Hoffman Memorial Lecture in Law and Psychiatry on Monday, March 12 2018, at 4:00 PM, in the Caplin Auditorium, School of Law, University of Virginia. Marc D. Lewis PhD, Emeritus Professor of Developmental Neuroscience, University of Toronto, will speak on the topic Is Addiction a "Brain Disease"? Does it Matter?. The public is invited.

Conducting Mental Health Evaluations for Capital Sentencing Proceedings

March 19-20 2018: 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: $150.00 Others: $375.00 Cancellation fee: $25.00

Integrating Structured Risk Assessment into clinical practice: Moving from violence risk assessment to risk management

May 24 2018, Charlottesville VA: Expert Sarah Desmarais PhD, with North Carolina State University, will present a one-day program describing the rationale for the use of structured risk assessment approaches to violence risk assessment in clinical practice, and conceptualize the roles of various risk factors to inform risk management and treatment planning. Case examples will be discussed. Registration Fees: Employees of VA DBHDS facilities and CSBs - $75.00. Others - $195.00 (contact els2e@virginia.edu to see if a group discount is possible). Cancellation fee - $25.00.

False Confessions, False Guilty Pleas, and Wrongful Convictions: A Multidisciplinary Symposium

June 4-5 2018, Charlottesville VA: This one and one-half day symposium will bring together experts from a range of disciplines to discuss psychological and legal issues regarding the phenomena of false confessions, false guilty pleas, and wrongful convictions. The presenters include clinical and experimental psychologists, retired law enforcement, attorneys, and exonerees. Registration fees: One day June 4 only:$75. Both days June 4-5:$125. Cancellation fee: $25

Forensic evaluation: Principles and practice

September 24-28 2018: This five-day program provides foundational, evidence-based training in the principles and practice of forensic evaluation with adults. Content includes clinical, legal, ethical, practical and other aspects of forensic mental health 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. Fees: Employees of VA DBHDS facilities and CSBs - $395.00. Others - $950.00. Cancellation fee - $25.00.

Assessing risk for violence in clinical practice

November 29 2018, 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. Fees: Employees of VA DBHDS facilities and CSBs - $80.00. Others - $195.00 (contact els2e@virginia.edu to see if a group discount is possible). Cancellation fee - $25.00.

Evaluating individuals found Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity (NGRI)

December 7 2018: 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: $80.00 Others: $195.00 Cancellation fee: $25.00

Neuropsychology in forensic mental health practice: two-day conference, March 19-20 2019

March 19-20 2019, Charlottesville VA: This two-day conference focuses on issues of neuropsychology in forensic mental health practice. Please see detailed agenda and educational objectives in the programs information. Fees: Employees of VA DBHDS facilities and Community Services Boards/Behavioral Health Authorities: $175. Others: $395. Cancellation fee: $25 (contact els2e@virginia.edu to request group discount for your agency, office, facility. school or work setting: $175/registrant)

Ethical challenges in forensic behavioral healthcare settings: A day workshop with Randy Otto PhD

April 17 2019, Charlottesville VA: This one-day workshop will provide an overview, engagement with, and discussion regarding ethical issues in forensic mental health practice. Distinguished faculty for the workshop will be Randy Otto PhD, Florida Mental Health Institute, University of South Florida. Fees: Employees of VA DBHDS facilities and CSBs - $80.00. Others - $195.00 (contact els2e@virginia.edu to request a group discount for your agency, office, facility, school or work setting: $80/registrant). Cancellation fee - $25.00.

Assessing Risk for Violence in Clinical Practice

September 18 2019, 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. Fees: Employees of VA DBHDS facilities and CSBs - $90.00. Others - $225.00 (contact els2e@virginia.edu to see if a group discount is possible). Cancellation fee - $25.00

Evaluating for Capacity

September 30 2019, Charlottesville VA: Eric Drogin JD, PhD, ABPP on faculty of the Harvard Medical School (Forensic Psychiatry Service, Department of Psychiatry, Beth Israel Deaconess (BIDMC) Medical Center) and Amber Vernon PsyD, with Richmond Behavioral Health Authority will present a one-day program on evaluation of capacity, that will provide a broad overview of decision-making capacity with in-depth discussion focused on applications related to assessment in civil, forensic and community-based mental health settings. Fees: Employees of VA DBHDS facilities and CSBs - $90.00. Others - $225.00 (contact els2e@virginia.edu to see if a group discount is possible). Cancellation fee - $25.00

Basic Forensic Evaluation: Principles and Practice

October 7-11 2019: This five-day program provides foundational, evidence-based training in the principles and practice of forensic evaluation with adults. Content includes clinical, legal, ethical, practical and other aspects of forensic mental health 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. Fees: Employees of VA DBHDS facilities and CSBs - $450.00. Others - $1125.00. Cancellation fee - $25.00.

Evaluating Individuals Found Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity

December 6 2019: 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: $90.00 Others: $225.00 Cancellation fee: $25.00

Cultural Competency Issues with Forensic Evaluation

February 24 2020, Charlottesville VA: Barry Rosenfeld PhD, Professor and Chair, Department of Psychology and Adjunct Professor of Law, Fordham University, will present a one-day program on issues related to forensic assessment of individuals from diverse ethnic and linguistic backgrounds. Workshop topics will follow the timeline of a typical evaluation with a review of issues and solutions that can be implemented. Please see a complete description on the program webpage. Fees: Employees of VA DBHDS facilities and CSBs - $90.00. Others - $225.00 (contact els2e@virginia.edu to see if a group discount is possible). Cancellation fee - $25.00. Refunds are available only if requested at least 24 hours before the program date.

Conducting Mental Health Evaluations for Capital Sentencing Proceedings - Live online training

RE-SCHEDULED as a LIVE ONLINE program - May 21-22 2020: This two-day program prepares experienced forensic mental health professionals to meet the demands of a capital sentencing case. 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: $185. Others: $300. A 'group rate' - $185/per registrant - is available of two or more coming from an agency.

Evaluating Online: Video-conference Forensic Evaluations - LIVE ONLINE PROGRAM JUNE 4 2020

Forensic evaluations using video-conference technology. LIVE-ONLINE training June 4 2020, 1:00-4:00 PM (Eastern time): Given the sudden surge in VCFE methodology what do we know about the utility and validity of this format? What are the strengths, limitations, and risks? What factors and ethical principles should evaluators consider when preparing for, conducting, and writing about evaluations conducted virtually? Experts Michelle Guyton PhD, ABPP and Alexander Millkey PsyD will consider these issues and involve participants in discussion. Fees: Employees of VA DBHDS facilities and CSBs - $75.00. Others - $125.00. Cancellation fee - $25.00. Refunds are available only if requested at least 24 hours before the program date.

Assessing Risk for Violence in Clinical Practice - Live-Online training September 29 2020

Online: Topics of this 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 using case example(s). 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. Fees: Employees of VA DBHDS facilities and CSBs - $90.00. Others - $225.00. Cancellation fee - $25.00.

Evaluating Online: Video-conference Forensic Evaluations - Live-Online training September 3 2020

May be AVAILABLE as a recording of live online program September 3 2020. Given the sudden surge in video conference forensic evaluations what do we know about the utility and validity of this format? What are the strengths, limitations, and risks? What factors and ethical principles should evaluators consider when preparing for, conducting, and writing about evaluations conducted virtually? Experts Michelle Guyton PhD, ABPP and Alexander Millkey PsyD will consider these issues and involve participants in discussion. PLEASE request information about availability of recording.

Forensic Assessment of Malingering, Live online training

Live online training, April 1 2021: This one-day program trains mental health professionals to apply current research and best clinical practice to the assessment of malingering in forensic work. The training will be conducted by expert faculty Richard Rogers, PhD, ABPP, and Scott Bender, PhD, ABPP-CN, who are the editors of the primary text on this topic: Clinical Assessment of Malingering and Deception, 4th Edition (2018). See more inside about the program and about a research opportunity with the program. Fees: Employees of VA DBHDS facilities and CSBs - $150.00. Others - $150.00. Cancellation fee - $25.00.

Payment for accredited hours for April 1 2021 Forensic Assessment of Malingering through UVA Office of Continuing Medical Education accreditation

This is a unique payment page only to pay for the accredited hours for April 1 2021 Forensic Assessment of Malingering through UVA Office of Continuing Medical Education accreditation. The amount due is $108 ($18 x 6 hours=$108.00). With any questions contact els2e@virginia.edu. See complete accreditation information inside.

DATES TBD: Conducting Mental Health Evaluations for Capital Sentencing Proceedings, Live online training

Live online training, Dates TBD: This two-day program prepares experienced forensic mental health professionals to meet the demands of a capital (death penalty) sentencing case, and may be of interest to attorneys and others. Lecturers are attorneys, mitigation specialists, psychologists, and neuropsychologists who are experienced in capital cases. Content includes relevant law, as well as detailed discussion of mitigation, intellectual disabilities, and violence risk assessment at capital sentencing. Fees: Employees of VA DBHDS facilities and CSBs - $225.00. Others - $325.00. Cancellation fee - $25.00.

Forensic Evaluation: Principles and Practice, Online

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic and related public health guidelines the Institute's 2020 and early 2021 Forensic Evaluation: Principles and Practice foundational training regarding forensic mental health evaluations with adults will be entirely online. Approximately 17 hours of recorded lectures will be accompanied by recommended readings, brief quizzes, and supplementary resources to be completed at your convenience. Live-online sessions with faculty may be provided for discussions, Q&A, and other support. Completion of qualifications of training must be confirmed by lead faculty. Please register your interest to receive further details. Fees: Employees of VA DBHDS facilities and CSBs - $450.00. Others - $1125.00.

Payment page for Northern Virginia Mental Health Institute

This is a unique payment page only for Northern Virginia Mental Health Institute. Open the full webpage to 'register' for this 'program' by 'clicking' through the 'to register' button. You will need to create a user profile, or use an existing user profile you may have with the ILPPP website. Be sure the email address in the user profile is the one that will go to, or will be forwarded to, No VA MHI fiscal team. That email address will then receive an confirmation email, and later an email with secure link for CC payment. Thank you. Contact Edward Strickler at els2e@virginia.edu with any questions. Thank you.

Payment page for Northern Virginia Mental Health Institute

This is a unique payment page only for Northern Virginia Mental Health Institute. To NoVAMHI: Open the full webpage and 'click' through the button on the page 'to register'. You will need to create a user profile or use an existing user profile you may have with the ILPPP website. Be sure the email address in the user profile is the one that will go to, or will be forwarded to, the proper person to pay. That email address will then receive an confirmation email, and later an email with secure link for CC payment. Thank you. Contact Edward Strickler at els2e@virginia.edu with any questions. Thank you.

Evaluation of Defendant's Intent under Virginia Code §19.2-271.6, Live online

Live online training, September 14 2021: This one-day program trains mental health professionals to conduct evaluations of defendants’ intent for an alleged offense, responsive to a new provision of the Virginia law: Va. Code § 19.2-271.6. The training will be conducted by a team of mental health professionals and attorneys to address, comprehensively, the background and rationale behind the new law, the types of mental conditions the new law covers, the legal framework of intent and mental condition evidence, and how to conduct evaluations that appropriately address defendants’ intent. Fees: All - $75.00. Cancellation fee - $25.00.

Physicians and Social Workers - Pay for accredited hours for 9-14-2021 Evaluation of Defendant's Intent - UVA Office of CME

This program is Jointly Provided by the University of Virginia School of Medicine and School of Nursing and the ILPPP, SOM. UVA. The University of Virginia School of Medicine and School of Nursing designates this live activity for a maximum of 5.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Providers should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Award of these accredited hours requires payment of $12 per credit hour = $60.00 (5 hours x $12/per hour). Use this webpage to apply and pay. After payment instructions for registering the award with the UVA Office of CME will be provided. Thank you.

Psychologists - Pay for accredited hours for 9-14-2021 Evaluation of Defendant's Intent - American Psychological Association

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. APA requires full participation in the live, interactive program and completion of a formal assessment of learning (a quiz provided at the end of the training on the online training platform). Award of these accredited hours requires payment of $12 per credit hour = $60.00 (5 hours x $12/per hour). Use this webpage to apply and pay. Thank you.

Payment page for Northern Virginia Mental Health Institute

This is a unique payment page only for Northern Virginia Mental Health Institute. Open the full webpage to 'register' for this 'program' by 'clicking' through the 'to register' button. You will need to create a user profile, or use an existing user profile you may have with the ILPPP website. Be sure the email address in the user profile is the one that will go to, or will be forwarded to, No VA MHI fiscal team. That email address will then receive an confirmation email, and later an email with secure link for CC payment. Thank you.

Assessing Risk for Violence in Clinical Practice, Live Online, November 3 2021

November 3 2021, Live Online, 9:45AM-4:45PM Eastern: Topics of this 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 using case example(s). 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. Fees: Employees of VA DBHDS facilities and CSBs - $90.00. Others - $225.00. Cancellation fee - $25.00.

Forensic Evaluation: Principles and Practice, Online

October 11 launch of online resources expected: In response to the Covid-19 pandemic and related public health guidelines Fall 2021 Forensic Evaluation: Principles and Practice - foundational training regarding forensic mental health evaluations with adults - will be entirely online. Approximately 17 hours of recorded lectures will be accompanied by recommended readings, brief quizzes, and supplementary resources to be completed individually. Weekly scheduled live online group sessions with faculty will augment other online learning. Completion of of all requirements, including a report writing exercise, must be by a date set in January 2022. Fees: Employees of VA DBHDS facilities and CSBs - $450.00. Others - $1125.00.

Psychologists - Pay for accredited hours for 11-3-2021 Assessing Risk - American Psychological Association

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. APA requires full participation in the live, interactive program and completion of a formal assessment of learning (a quiz provided at the end of the training on the online training platform). Award of these accredited hours requires payment of $12 per credit hour = $60.00 (5 hours x $12/per hour). Use this webpage to apply and pay. Thank you.

Physicians and Social Workers - Pay for accredited hours for 11-3-2021 Assessing Risk - UVA Office of CME

This program is Jointly Provided by the University of Virginia School of Medicine and School of Nursing and the ILPPP, SOM. UVA. The University of Virginia School of Medicine and School of Nursing designates this live activity for a maximum of 5.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Providers should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Award of these accredited hours requires payment of $12 per credit hour = $60.00 (5 hours x $12/per hour). Use this webpage to apply and pay. After payment instructions for registering the award with the UVA Office of CME will be provided. Thank you.