Conducting Mental Health Evaluations for Capital Sentencing Proceedings

March 19-20 2018, Monday-Tuesday, two day program

ILPPP Office, 1230 Cedars Court, Suite 108, Charlottesville VA

Forensic Training Series

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.

Date: Monday March 19 and Tuesday March 20, 2018   

Time: Monday March 19 , 9:00AM to 5:00PM. Lunch on your own.  Tuesday March 20, 9:00AM to 1:00PM  Program day concludes before lunch.

Location: Offices of ILPPP, University of Virginia, Charlottesville VA.  ILPPP is at 1230 Cedars Court, Suite 108, Charlottesville, VA 22904.  Cedars Court is a cul de sac off Barracks Road, near Emmet Street (US 29 Business) and the US 29/250 Bypass.  There is a local bank on both corners at the entrance to Cedars Court.  ILPPP offices are in the 1228-1230 Cedar Court Center, in the 1230 Building, which is the rear building.  ILPPP entrances are at the farthest corner of the 1230 Building.  There is plenty of free parking but please do not park in spots marked 'Visitor' which are for the convenient of patients visiting clinics at the Center.  Please use your favorite mapping tools to find directions from your address.  One mapping resource provides this Mapping to ILPPP

If you are interested to know about local lodging please inquire with  Several hotels nearby include the following:

University's Cavalier Inn  - 15-20 minutes walking minutes walking, 5-8 minutes driving
105 North Emmet Street, Charlottesville VA, 22903-1728 / Phone - 434-296-8111 / Toll Free - 888-882-2129

Marriott Residence Inn – 5-8 minutes walking, 3-5 minutes driving

1111 Millmont Street , Charlottesville VA 22903 / Phone - 434-923-0300

The English Inn  - 10-12 minutes walking (shorter walk along city footpath, longer walk along streets), 5-8 minutes driving

2000 Morton Drive, Charlottesville VA 22903 / Phone - 434-971-9900 / Toll Free - 800-786-5400

Lead faculty for this program: Daniel Murrie PhD, Professor, School of Medicine, ILPPP is lead faculty.   Other faculty include David Bruck JD, School of Law, Washington and Lee University, Sharon Kelley JD, PhD, ILPPP, UVA, Bernice Marcopulos PhD, Department of Graduate Psychology, James Madison University, and Capital Mitigation Specialists.  Brief bios will be provided on the agenda.  

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, form, 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


The following speaker(s) with this program have no personal or professional financial relationships with a commercial entity producing healthcare goods and/or services: (in alphabetical order) :

David Bruck JD, Bernice Marcopulos PhD, Daniel Murrie PhD

The planning committee have no personal or professional financial relationships with a commercial entity producing healthcare goods and/or services (in alphabetical order): Daniel Murrie PhD, Michael Schaefer PhD, Benjamin Skowysz LCSW, Janet Warren DSW

Accreditation and Designation Statements:

For physicians and others

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 live activity for a maximum of 10.0 (expected) 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 10.0 (expected) hours of participation (equivalent to AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)tm) to each non-physician participant who successfully completes this educational activity. The University of Virginia School of Medicine maintains a record of participation for six (6) years.

The program is jointly provided by the Office of Continuing Medical Education of the the University of Virginia School of Medicine and the Institute of Law, Psychiatry, and Public Policy at the University of Virginia.

The cost will be $12 for each hour of credits claimed out of the 10 total available.  NOTICE:  Physicians and any others requesting either PRA Category 1 award or Hours of Participation award MUST PAY IN ADVANCE or BRING A CHECK TO THE PROGRAM.   Inquire at

For psychologists and others

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.

The cost will be $6 per hour ($6 x 10 hours = $60).

For attorneys

Virginia Mandatory Continuing Legal Education, of the Virginia State Bar, has approved 10.0 credits hours including (0.0) credit hours for Ethics for this program.  Accreditation for this program is approved through October 31 2018. 

There will be no additional cost for these credits.

Continuing education

Please find complete information regarding continuing education at the link provided below or 

email  Thank you. 

LINK to Continuing Education details. Please cursor to the program of interest. 

How to register for the program

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:
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 
Registration & Cancellation Fees and Refund Policy
Fees: Employees of VA DBHDS facilities and CSBs - $150.00.  Others - $375.00 (contact to see if a group discount is possible). Cancellation fee  - $25.00. 
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).