Winter 2016 Conducting Mental Health Evaluations for Capital Sentencing Proceedings

February 29 and March 1 2016, two-day program

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

Program Description

This two-day program (one full day and the second day until early afternoon) 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. The agenda includes statutory guidelines for conducting these evaluations, the nature of the mitigation inquiry, the increased relevance of mental intellectual disabilities, the process of consulting with both the defense and the prosecution, and ethics in forensic practice.   

In the formal program Day one is expected to begin from 9:00 AM and conclude by 5:00 PM, Day two is expected to begin from 9:30 AM and to conclude in the early afternoon before lunch.  Details of the program will be provided when available.

It is expected that the agenda will proceed as follows:

Day one:

Morning - Introductions and overview, Legal context for capital case evaluations in Virginia, Context of evaluations in capital cases (including 3:1 evaluations). Questions and discussion

Afternoon - Violence risk and concepts of future dangerousness, Practical considerations in capital cases (including 3:1 evaluations), Roles of mitigations specialist,  Questions and discussion

Day two:

Cognitive and Neuropsychological assessment for the Commonwealth of Virginia, Capital case evaluations, Questions and discussion

Faculty is expected to include the following experts:

Daniel Murrie, PhD, ILPPP, School of Medicine, University of Virginia; David Bruck Esq., School of Law, Washington and Lee University; Eileen Ryan DO, Commonwealth Center for Children and Adolescents, Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, and ILPPP, School of Medicine, University of Virginia; Bernice Marcopulos PhD, Psychology Department, James Madison University.  Other faculty include Mitigation Specialists with the Office of the Capital Defender for Northern Virginia, Claire Benack and Donna Fessler; and Sharon Kelley, JD, PhD, with ILPPP.

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

Educational Objectives

At the conclusion of the program participants will be able to

Identify sources of Virginia law regarding capital case evaluations

Outline some elements and structure, rules and requirements of capital mitigation evaluations

Outline some practical stages and steps of capital mitigation evaluations

Discuss the role of capital mitigation specialists

Define 'future dangerousness' and discuss its relationship with violence risk assessment

Discuss cognitive and neuropsychological Assessment after Atkins v. Virginia

Requirements Met by This Program

Citation of the Virginia Code sections pertinent to this program may be found at  http://law.lis.virginia.gov/vacode/19.2-169.5/ : § 19.2-169.5. Evaluation of sanity at the time of the offense; disclosure of evaluation results.

You may visit ILPPP links to areas of Virginia Code involved with forensic evaluation here: http://cacsprd.web.virginia.edu/ILPPP/ExpertDirectory

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

Continuing Education and CE Accreditations

The program is presented by the Institute of Law, Psychiatry and Public Policy at the University of Virginia, jointly sponsored  by the  Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, and jointly provided by the Office of Continuing Medical Education of the University of Virginia  School of Medicine and the Institute of Law, Psychiatry and Public Policy. 

Up to 9 hours/credits of CE are expected for this program depending on the final agenda and completion of the training. Continuing education is  awarded only after the completion of the program.  A general certificate of attendance will be provided at no charge.   Certificates awarding  accredited CE requires completion of formal request and may require payment.  Please see details below - and at registration on the day of the program - regarding accredited Continuing Education.

Continuing Education Accreditations

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 $190 fee may receive the award without additional fee.   Others, please make check payable to ‘ILPPP’ .

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

Fees: AMA PRA Category 1 Credits (tm) - sometimes called CME/Continuing Medical Education, of 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 providership of the program with the Office of Continuing Medical Education of the UVA School of Medicine, which are available at $12 per hour. 

To claim AMA PRA Category 1 Credits (tm)  or Hours of Participation the applicant MUST make payment - in the form of a check, payable to 'ILPPP' - in order to receive a unique code that authorizes claiming credit at a secure website. Claiming AMA PRA Category 1 Credits (tm) or Hours of Participation  MUST  be completed ASAP if not on the program date: the platform for claiming the program's credits or Hours expire 30 days after the program.

Award of AMA PRA Category 1 Credits (tm)  or Hours of Participation for partial attendance of a program is possible. Participants must claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the program.

Virginia Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Board of the Virginia State Bar: For some programs accreditation of CLE credit hours are applied for through the Virginia State Bar's Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Board.  This program has been approved for 9.0 credit hours including (0.0) credit hours for Ethics by the Virginia Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Board.  A unique course ID has been issued and must be used to claim CLE credit hours. 

Please request the form  that transmits the CLE information including the course ID.  There is no fee for award of Continuing Legal Education.

Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services 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.  Award of PIC hours is not available for this program. Please return to find posted information or inquire at els2e@virginia.edu.  There is no fee for award of Partial In-Service Credits. 

Other Continuing Education accreditations

A general certificate of attendance will be provided at no charge.  This may satisfy many needs.  It is the responsibility of individual participants  to know what attestation of participation meets their individual needs.

A registrant interested in Continuing Education awards other than those  named above may inquire with ILPPP about the specialty accreditation(s)  of 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 December 30, 2015 (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  "workshop, seminars, conferences, or course in the behavioral health field offered by federal, state or local social service agencies, public school systems or licensed health facilities and licensed hospitals“ under 18VAC140-20-105. Continued competency requirements for renewal of an active license. The University of Virginia Health System is a licensed hospital.

For CE credits requiring payment IPPP accepts a check. made payable to 'ILPPP'. Credit card payment is not allowed for CE credits.  

Please bring a check with you to the program or arrange to mail the check within one week of the program date.  Thank you. 

If a Commonwealth of Virginia agency is paying for CE credits an EDI (electronic) payment may be made. 

Please be sure to complete all requests  and payments for CE ASAP if not on the program date.

Continuing Education accreditation rules vary by accrediting agency.  Claiming PRA Category 1 credits or Hours of Participation has strict deadlines: the applicant MUST bring payment - in the form of a check, made to 'ILPPP' - or arrange to send payment within one week of the program date in order to receive a unique code that authorizes claiming credit at a secure website.   Claiming these credits of Hours should be completed within 1-2 weeks of the program date: the platform for claiming the program's credits or Hours expire 30 days after the program Claiming Continuing Legal Education typically has a window of time in which application may be made.   Other accreditations have deadlines.  Please be sure to complete all requests  and payments for CE within 1-2 weeks of the program date.

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
9 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.