Training & Symposia

The Institute of Law, Psychiatry and Public Policy offers training programs and sponsors conferences in mental health law, forensic evaluation and related topics. Many programs, developed with the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services and the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services , meet the training requirements specified in Virginia statute related to forensic evaluations. These programs address adult and juvenile clients separately, and cover basic forensic practice as well as the various code-mandated forensic evaluations which include adjudicative competence, legal sanity, and risk assessment. Other programs cover evaluation of sex offenders, defendants charged with capital murder, and individuals acquitted as Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity. Additional programs and symposia vary year-by-year in response to community needs, emerging research and developments in the field.

The Institute also offers participants the opportunity to receive continuing education (CE) credits.

Negotiated discounted program registration fee rates are available for agencies, associations and other groups. To discuss obtaining a discounted rate for your group, please email Edward Strickler, Training Program Coordinator, at

View/print a pdf calendar showing programs currently being offered

To view descriptions of scheduled training programs click on program type on menu bar above.

To find program registration fees and/or apply for program registration you must sign into your account (if you are a returning registrant) or create an account if you are a first-time potential registrant. You do not have to complete the application process by signing-in or creating an account.

To apply for registration for a specific training program, complete the following task:

1) Click on program type from menu bar above

2) Click on desired program

3) Click on “Apply for program”