Fall 2015 Basic Forensic Evaluation: Principles and Practice

October 5-9 2015, five-day program

Institute of Law, Psychiatry, and Public Policy Offices, Charlottesville VA

Program Summary

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.

The program provides an introductory to intermediate level instructional level that will  inform a variety of mental health professionals and others interested to learn about clinical, legal, ethical and other aspects of conducting forensic evaluations with adults.

The formal program is expected to be from 9:00 AM through 4:30 PM or 5:00PM daily, Monday through Friday, with lunch break on your own.  Admitted participants will receive a full agenda. 

Lead faculty for the program will be Daniel Murrie PhD, Director of Psychology with ILPPP. Other faculty include Janet Warren DSW, Lawrence Fitch Esq., Dewey Cornell PhD, Angela Torres PhD, Sara Boyd PhD, Scott Bender PhD, and Bruce Cohen MD.  The proposed agenda - day by day with times and faculty - may be requested from els2e@virginia.edu

No faculty have disclosed financial relationships with any commercial interests that would conflict with their presentation and no commercial support has been accepted for the training program. Questions regarding faculty disclosures should be directed to els2e@virginia.edu

Requirements Met by the Program

To be presented to the VA DBHDS Commissioner as eligible to conduct evaluations of trial competence or legal sanity with adults licensed clinicians must complete this training, pass a written examination, and submit satisfactory writing samples of adult forensic competence and sanity evaluation in consultation with ILPPP faculty. In this training the multiple choice examination will be provided to participants at the end of day four, Thursday, to be completed and returned before departing on Friday.  The writing exercise will be provided on Friday  to participants and should be completed and returned before departing on Friday.

For providers who have already completed training qualifications to conduct juvenile forensic evaluations:

Licensed clinicians who have completed training qualifications of the Juvenile Forensic Evaluation training who like to fulfill the training qualifications for individuals authorized to conduct adult forensic evaluations must complete additional training and qualifications within this five-day program but need not attend all days.  The additional training and qualifications required are the following:

1. Attending the day of the five-day training that covers issues of legal sanity.

2. Successful completion of the Adult Forensic examination.

3. Submission of an adult evaluation report writing sample as required by faculty - for ILPPP faculty review and comment.  This report writing requirement - involving competence and sanity issues - can be accomplished by attending Friday of this training which is set aside for this writing project. 

For providers who would like to go on after this training to accomplish additional qualifications to conduct juvenile forensic evaluations :

Licensed clinicians who have completed training qualifications of the (Adult) Basic Forensic Evaluation training who would like to fulfill the training qualifications approved by the VA DBHDS Commissioner for individuals authorized to conduct juvenile forensic evaluations must complete additional training beyond this adult-focused training.  The additional training - Evaluation Update: Applying Forensic Skills with Juveniles - provides two-three days of training (depending on the final agenda) on issues pertaining to the forensic assessment of juvenile offenders.

This Update training qualifications will encompass: 

1. Two to three days of the Juvenile Forensic Training program to cover content on the juvenile justice system, juvenile competence to stand trial, juvenile competence restoration, and transfer to criminal court, and broader developmental issues pertinent to legal decisional capacity and an overview of psychopathology and cognitive disabilities among children and adolescents  not covered in the adult training sequence.

2. Successful completion of the Juvenile Forensic examination. 

3. Submission of a juvenile competency evaluation report  - for ILPPP faculty review and comment - completed either independently or on the 6th day of training  - Advanced Case Presentation: Juvenile Adjudicative Competence - which is designed to provide an on-site opportunity for a practice case.

See more under Juvenile Forensic Programs: http://cacsprd.web.virginia.edu/ILPPP/OREM/JuvenilePrograms

Please send questions to els2e@virginia.edu

Educational Objectives

With the proposed agenda:

Day one objectives. At the conclusion of day one participants will be able to:

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 objectives. At the conclusion of day two participants will be able to:

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 objectives. At the conclusion of day three participants will be able to:

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 objectives. At the conclusion of day four participants will be able to:

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 varieites 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 mutliple choice exam on day four.

Day five objectives. At the conclusion of day five participants will be able to:

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

With Faculty supervision, participants will practice offering testimony from their report on day five.

Location

The program will be held at offices of the Institute of Law, Psychiatry, and Public Policy, at 1230 Cedars Court, Suite 108, Charlottesville, Virginia 22903. Please use your favorite mapping tools to find directions from your address.

Cedars Court is a cul de sac off Barracks Road with community banks on both corners of the intersection of Cedars Court and Barracks Road. Turn off Cedars Court into the 1228-1230 office center. Come to the rear parking area, to find entrances to ILPPP offices, Suite 108, in the 1230 building. There is ample free parking. Please do not park in the '2-hour limited' spaces: patients arriving to various clinics need these spaces. Thank you.

Public transportation closest to ILPPP is Route 5 bus with Charlottesville Area Transit: Public bus routes for Charlottesville area

Registration

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, from this page: http://cacsprd.web.virginia.edu/ILPPP/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 you into the program you will receive another automated email that confirms your registration and includes your invoice information and online payment instructions.

Before the program ILPPP will send further information to assist your planning. Questions about registration may go to els2e@virginia.edu or to telephone 434-924-5126 where you may also leave a message (please clarify the program title and date about which you are inquiring in any message you leave). We look forward to your participation in programs of the Institute and are delighted to assist you with your questions.

Registration & Cancellation Fees and Refund Policy

Registration fees: Employees of VA DBHDS facilities and Community Services Boards/Behavioral Health Authorities: $300. Others: $750. Cancellation fee: $25

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).

Continuing Education Accreditations

The program is presented by Institute of Law, Psychiatry, and Public Policy at the University of Virginia (ILPPP). The program is jointly sponsored by the Office of Continuing Medical Education of the University of Virginia School of Medicine, VA Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services ( VA DBHDS), and ILPPP. Continuing Education credits/hours will be available.

Please review following information carefully. ILPPP seeks various Continuing Education (CE) accreditations. These accreditations involve considerable time and costs and have widely variable rules that must be administered. Please also remember that a professional governed by a health professional regulatory board, office, or agency is responsible for knowing the current law, regulations, rules, and deadlines governing their practice or employment. The Virginia Department of Health Professions may be found at http://www.dhp.virginia.gov/

Up to 25 hours/credits of CE are expected for this program depending on the final agenda and completion of the training. Continuing education is requested, paid for, and awarded only after the completion of the program.

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.

Approval standards require 100% participation in each day for which CE award is requested.

Fees: These credits are available through ILPPP at $6 per credit hour. For this program registrants at the full $750 fee may receive the award without additional fee.

Office of CME of the UVA School of Medicine: Please read Required Statement regarding Education Activity* and Accreditation and Designation Statements** below.

Fees: American Medical Association PRA Category 1 Credits (tm) - sometimes called CME/Continuing Medical Education, or particular interest to physicians - are available at $12 per credit. Other professionals may also be interested in a certificate of Hours of Participation available through joint sponsorship of the program with the Office of Continuing Medical Education of the UVA School of Medicine, which are available at $12 per hour.

Virginia Mandatory CLE Board: For some programs accreditation of CLE credit hours are applied for through the Virginia State Bar's Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Board. Accreditation of CLE has not been applied for for this program. There is no fee for award of Continuing Legal Education.

Virginia DCJS Partial In-Service Credit-Career Development/Elective: For some programs accreditation of Partial In-Service Credit (PIC)-Career Development/Elective hours are applied for through the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) for sworn criminal justice officers under the purview of VA DCJS.  Accreditation for PIC award has not been applied for for this program.  There is no fee for award of Partial In-Service Credits.

Requesting other specialty Continuing Education accreditations : A registrant interested in Continuing Education awards other than those names above may inquire with ILPPP about the specialty accreditation(s) that in their interest ( e.g. through NASW, NBCC, etc). Specialty CE accreditations require additional time and costs and have strict deadlines; therefore, please inquire not less than 6-8 weeks before the program date in order to allow time to consider the specialty accreditation, make the application if appropriate, and to assign appropriate charges for awarding credit. Please inquire at els2e@virginia.edu Thank you.

Of interest to Virginia Social Workers: According to Regulations Governing the Practice of Social Work of the Virginia Board of Social Work at 18 VAC 140-20-10 et seq., Revised September 26, 2013 (Statutory Authority: §§ 54.1-2400 and Chapter 37 of Title 54.1 of the Code of Virginia) regarding continued competency requirements for renewal of an active license contact hours of continuing education may be obtained from a combination of board-approved activities, that may include c. Workshops, seminars, conferences, or courses in the behavioral health field offered by federal, state or local social service agencies, public school systems or licensed health facilities and licensed hospitals (18VAC140-20-105. Continued competency requirements for renewal of an active license)". The University of Virginia Health System is a licensed hospital.

A participant completing the program may request after the conclusion of the program a complimentary email confirming attendance in the program.

Any Continuing Education must be requested and paid for at the conclusion of the ILPPP program and within one week of the program. ILPPP accepts CE payment by cash or check only (check should be made payable to 'ILPPP'). Credit Card or EDI transfer payments are not accepted for CE payment.

For questions regarding CE, please contact Edward Strickler at 434-924-5126 or ELS2E@virginia.edu. Thank you.

* REQUIRED STATEMENT REGARDING EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITY

Jointly Provided by the Office of Continuing Medical Education of the University of Virginia School of Medicine
and Institute of Law, Psychiatry, and Public Policy.


** ACCREDITATION AND DESIGNATION STATEMENTS

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 program for a maximum of
25 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 hours of participation (equivalent to AMA PRA Category 1
Credit(s)TM) to each non-physician participant who successfully completes this educational activity.
Institute of Law, Psychiatry, and Public Policy maintains a permanent record of participants who have been
awarded CEUs.