Evaluation Update: Applying Forensic Skills with Juveniles

Monday through Wednesday, March 27, 28, 29 2017

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

For evaluators already qualified by training to assess adults participants will learn foundational information and skills to perform mental health evaluations of competency to stand trial for courtroom, restoration, and other legal proceedings involving juveniles.

Program Summary

This three-day program is for experienced adult forensic evaluators - who have already completed the five-day “Basic Forensic Evaluation” program (regarding evaluation of adults) and accomplished all relevant qualifications for performing adult forensic evaluation - and wish now to complete relevant qualifications to perform juvenile forensic evaluations. The 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 juveniles. The format combines lectures, clinical case material, and practice case examples for evaluation of juveniles.

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

The formal program is expected to be from 9:00 AM through 4:30 PM or 5:00PM daily, Monday through Wednesday, with lunch break on your own.  Please request - at els2e@virginia.edu - the final formal program with day by day content and faculty.

Please see note below regarding Commonwealth of Virginia training requirements and the Juvenile Adjudicative Case program that completes the sequence of training requirements for licensed clinicians eligible to conduct evaluations of juvenile competence.


Lead faculty for the program will be Janet Warren DSW, Professor of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences with ILPPP. Please request - at els2e@virginia.edu - the final formal program with day by day content and faculty.

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:

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.

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 trial, under Virginia law.

Name components of the forensic mental health system in Virginia.


Day two

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

Discuss the concept of rational understanding as it relates to assessing juvenile adjudicative competence.

Describe some aspects of empirical and other research on juvenile adjudicative competence.

Identify components of Virginia’s program of restoration to competence to stand trial.

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

Discuss key information describing significant mental health problems among juvenile populations.

Discuss key information regarding malingering among juvenile populations.

Describe implications upon transfer of juveniles and forensic assessment of juvenile when considering adolescent development.

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.

Commonwealth of Virginia requirements met by the program

To be presented to the VA DBHDS Commissioner as eligible to conduct evaluations of juvenile competence licensed clinicians must complete this training, pass a written examination, and submit satisfactory report writing samples of juvenile adjudicative competence  in consultation with ILPPP faculty.

In this training the multiple choice examination will be provided to participants at the end of day three, Wednesday, to be completed and returned by a deadline set by faculty.

Most participants will complete the writing exercise through the Juvenile Adjudicative Competence Case program  for all evaluators who have successfully completed the Juvenile Forensic Evaluation training  or Evaluation Update training and who wish to complete the training requirements approved by the VA DBHDS Commissioner for individuals authorized to conduct juvenile competence evaluations.  Some participants - with agreement of faculty - may complete the writing exercise by participation in a local case of juvenile adjudicative competence.


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.  One mapping resource is here

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

You may also use this link to search for lodging nearby ILPPP offices. 


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

Registration fees: Employees of VA DBHDS facilities and Community Services Boards/Behavioral Health Authorities: $140. Others: $375. 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 and CE accreditations

A general certificate of attendance will be provided at no charge.  This may satisfy many participants' needs.

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.  Information regarding the various health professional boards within The Virginia Department of Health Professions may be found at http://www.dhp.virginia.gov/

Some participants' needs may require award of accredited Continuing Education credits/hours and may require additional payment beyond the registration fee for the training.   It is the responsibility of individual participants to know what attestation of participation meets their individual needs and to request accredited CE on the day of the program or within one week of the program date.

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 TBD 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.  

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.  Please make check payable to ‘ILPPP’ .

American Board of Professional Psychology / American Board of Forensic Psychology: ILPPP programs convey hours of specialized training in forensic psychology that may be included in application for ABPP / ABFP Board certification in Forensic Psychology.

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 not been approved for CLE credit.

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.  ...  There is no fee for award of Partial In-Service Credits. 

Other Continuing Education accreditation

A registrant interested in Continuing Education awards other than those  named above may inquire with ILPPP about the specialty accreditation(s)  of their interest.  Specialty CE accreditation 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 advise ILPPP at els2e@virginia.edu

Please be sure to complete all requests for CE credits/hours on the program day or within one week of the program date.   Accreditation rules vary but all accreditation agencies have documentation deadlines.  Please request and pay (or advise of payment plans)  for CE on the program day or within one week of the program date. 

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

Continuing Medical Education/Hours of Participation required statements:


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.


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
TBD 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.