4 Hours | 4 CEs

This on-demand professional training program, Assessment of Competence to Stand Trial, is presented by Lori L. Hauser, Ph.D., ABPP, in partnership with The American Academy of Forensic Psychology.

This program focuses primarily on the evaluation of competence to stand trial in adults. After a brief review of the case law and conceptual underpinnings of the construct, a model and specific assessment methods are presented. Common forensic assessment instruments are covered, as well as other more informal means of assessment. Particular attention is given to report writing and the ethical conflicts that may arise in conducting such evaluations. 

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this program you will be able to:

  • Describe the legal and conceptual underpinnings of the construct of competence to stand trial

  • Describe the relevant assessment techniques (e.g., validity tests, psychological tests, forensic assessment instruments, use of third-party information) for assessing functional abilities to proceed to trial

  • Describe potential ethical conflicts, and the principles and guidelines for resolving them, relevant to the assessment of competence to stand trial and the provision of expert testimony within the court system

  • Describe a model for writing reports and offering testimony regarding competency evaluations in accordance with applicable rules of evidence

Presented By

Lori L. Hauser, PhD, ABPP

Lori L. Hauser, PhD, ABPP, is a board-certified forensic psychologist employed at Whiting Forensic Hospital in Middletown, Connecticut. There, she oversees the competency restoration service and conducts forensic evaluations – competency, as well as general and sexual violence risk management – for the hospital. She represents Forensic Psychology on the Council of Specialties in Professional Psychology, and she is the Practice Sample Review Chair for the American Board of Forensic Psychology. Dr. Hauser also provides training and consultative services, both nationally and internationally, to practitioners and investigators in the areas of interviewing and credibility assessment, risk / threat assessment, and cognitive bias.
  • Intended Audience

    This self-paced program is intended for mental health and other allied professionals.

  • Experience Level

    This self-paced program is appropriate for beginner, intermediate, and advanced level clinicians.

  • CE / CPD Credit

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  • 1


    • Review Before Proceeding

  • 2


    • Lesson 1 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 3

    Evaluation of Competence to Stand Trial

    • Lesson 2 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 4

    Scenario - Group Discussion

    • Discussion Topic #1

    • Discussion Topic #2

    • Lesson 3 Video

  • 5

    Methods of Assessment

    • Lesson 4 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 6

    Forensic Assessment Instruments

    • Lesson 5 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 7

    Response Style, Malingering, and Special Populations

    • Lesson 6 Video

  • 8

    Formulation, Reports, and Testifying

    • Lesson 7 Video

    • Reference List

  • 9


    • Instructions

    • Evaluation

    • Submission Verification

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American Academy of Forensic Psychology

We are proud to partner with the American Academy of Forensic Psychology (AAFP) for this training. AAFP is a non-profit organization of board certified forensic psychologists whose mission is to contribute to the development and maintenance of forensic psychology as a specialized field of study, research and practice. The Academy does this by providing high quality continuing education workshops, providing a forum for the exchange of scientific information among its members, and conferring awards upon outstanding students and practitioners in the field of forensic psychology.

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