4 Hours | 4 CEs

This on-demand professional training program on Competencies in the Criminal Process is presented by Christopher Slobogin, J.D., LLM, in partnership with The American Academy of Forensic Psychology.

This program provides a comprehensive analysis of the law governing six competencies that arise in the criminal process: competency to stand trial, competency to plead guilty, and competency to waive legal representation, with a brief mention of competency to waive the insanity defense and other defenses. Although relevant research and assessment protocols are discussed, the focus of this workshop is the law’s approach to these issues.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this program you will be able to:

  • Describe the factors relevant to assessing competency to stand trial, plead guilty, and waive counsel

  • Describe a competency evaluation that addresses the fundamental issues relevant to the courts

  • Describe a competency assessment instrument appropriate to legal needs and time constraints

  • Describe a treatment plan to restore competency that addresses issues relevant to refusal of medication

  • Describe a competency report’s allegiance to competency criteria

Presented By

Christopher Slobogin, J.D, LLM

Christopher Slobogin, JD, LLM, has authored more than 100 articles, books and chapters on topics relating to criminal procedure, mental health law and evidence. Director of Vanderbilt Law School’s Criminal Justice Program, he is one of the 5 most cited criminal law and procedure law professors in the nation, according to the Leiter Report. The book Psychological Evaluations for the Courts, which he co-authored, is considered the standard in forensic mental health. In recognition for his work in that field, he received the Distinguished Contribution Awards from both the AAFP and the American Psychology-Law Society. Professor Slobogin has also served as chair of the Task Force that revised the American Bar Association’s Mental Health Standards, reporter for the ABA’s Task Force on the Insanity Defense, and co-reporter for standards dealing with mental disability and the death penalty that have been adopted by the ABA, the American Psychiatric Association and the American Psychological Association.
  • 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

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


  • 1


    • Review Before Proceeding

  • 2

    Competency to Proceed, Plead Guilty and Waive Counsel - Part 1

    • Lesson 1 Video

  • 3

    Competency to Proceed, Plead Guilty and Waive Counsel - Part 2

    • Lesson 2 Video

  • 4

    Competency to Proceed, Plead Guilty and Waive Counsel - Part 3

    • Lesson 3 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 5


    • Instructions

    • Evaluation

    • Submission Verification

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  • Convenience & Flexibility

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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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