3 Hours | 3 CEs

This self-paced training program on AAFP: Case Law - Criminal Responsibility is presented by Robert Cochrane, PsyD, ABPP 

This program covers case law pertaining to criminal responsibility matters. Participants are provided case background, the legal issue, the court’s ruling, and the mental health implications for 13 landmark cases. This program is useful for practicing clinicians and those preparing for board certification.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Describe three bases for cases being heard by the Supreme Court and two judicial philosophies

  • Describe rulings in six criminal responsibility cases

  • Describe three criminal responsibility standards (cognitive, ALI, “product” test)

Presented By

Robert Cochrane, PsyD, ABPP

As the Internship Director at the Federal Correctional Complex in Butner, North Carolina, Dr. Cochrane is actively involved in administrating, teaching, and supervising students who have an interest in forensic and correctional psychology. He has supervised and worked with interns and psychiatry residents for 20 years, and throughout his career has taught seminars, classes, and workshops to students and early career professionals. He also teaches a case law seminar series at FCC Butner and Central Regional Hospital. Dr. Cochrane has coordinated workshops, guest lectures, and joint training ventures with other internship programs. He is a Site Visitor for internship programs for APA, as well as a Mentor for the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers. Dr. Cochrane is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of North Carolina and guest lecturer at Duke University. Dr. Cochrane is the past President of the American Academy of Forensic Psychology, as well as a board member and examination faculty member of the American Board of Forensic Psychology. Furthermore, he is a book, journal, and APA conference reviewer, and has served on and chaired a variety of committees, such as the IRB, Grants-In-Aid for Division 41, and Ethics. In addition to his training responsibilities, Dr. Cochrane conducts criminal pretrial evaluations for the Federal Bureau of Prisons, and he consults and conducts “civil” examinations (personal injury, fitness for duty, etc.) privately. He has testified throughout the country and has completed a number of capital and high-profile cases. While primarily a clinician, Dr. Cochrane finds time to be involved in research, including published projects on competency restoration.
  • 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

    APA, ASWB, CPA, NBCC Click here for state and other regional board approvals.


  • 1


    • Review Before Proceeding

  • 2


    • Lesson 1 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 3

    Criminal Responsibility

    • Lesson 2 Video

    • Kahler v. Kansas Case

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 4

    Commitment and Hospitalization

    • Lesson 3 Video

    • Jones v. U.S Case

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 5

    Diminished Capacity

    • Lesson 4 Video

    • Ibn-Tamas v. United States

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 6

    Imposing/Rejecting the Defense

    • Lesson 5 Video

    • Reference List

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 7

    Course Evaluation

    • Evaluation

    • Submission Verification

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