4 Hours | 4 CEs

This self-paced training program Assessment of Competence to Stand Trial is presented by Lori L. Hauser, PhD, ABPP

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 methods of assessment are presented. Common forensic assessment instruments are covered, as well as other more informal means of assessment. Particular attention is given to report writing, as well as to the ethical conflicts that may arise in conducting such evaluations. 

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course 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 course is intended for mental health and other allied professionals.

  • Experience Level

    This self-paced course 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

    • 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

  • 9

    Course Evaluation

    • Evaluation

    • Submission Verification

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