4 Hours | 4 CEs

This self-paced training program on Criminal Competency and Responsibility in Individuals with ASD is presented by Bob Stinson, PsyD, JD, ABPP and A.J McConnell, PsyD

There are over 3 million individuals in the United States diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, and prevalence estimates rates have doubled since 2000. Criminal competency evaluations and criminal responsibility evaluations are two of the most common criminal forensic evaluations completed. This presentation provides information and practical guidance for assessing criminal competency and criminal responsibility in individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder, with an emphasis on how characteristics of the disorder uniquely affect relevant psycholegal abilities.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Describe common characteristics of criminal offenders diagnosed with ASD

  • Describe how attributes of ASD are most likely to impact psycholegal capacities related to criminal competency and criminal responsibility

  • Describe key tools for use in assessing persons with ASD

Presented By

Bob Stinson, PsyD, ABPP

Bob Stinson, Psy.D., J.D., LICDC-CS, ABPP is a board-certified forensic psychologist, an attorney at law, and a licensed independent chemical dependency counselor – clinical supervisor. Dr. Stinson is listed in the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology. He worked for 15 years on a forensic unit at an inpatient psychiatric hospital serving the severely mentally ill, where he also served on the hospital’s Ethics Committee for a number of years, chairing it for his last two years. Now, Dr. Stinson is the Chief of Behavioral Health Services for the Ohio Department of Youth Services. He lectures across the country in the areas of mental health law and ethics.

A.J. McConnell, PsyD

A.J. McConnell, PsyD is a psychologist at Forum Ohio, LLC In Columbus. Dr. McConnell has worked at a county board of developmental disabilities, a forensic psychiatric hospital, and a large children’s hospital and he is on the faculty at Ohio State University. Dr. McConnell has written and presented on topics related to co-parenting, family stressors, and forensic issues in individuals with neurodevelopmental disabilities, including those with ASD.
  • 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

    Multiculturalism Aspects of Autism

    • Lesson 2 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 4

    Autism and Comorbidity

    • Lesson 3 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 5


    • Lesson 4 Video

  • 6

    Assessment Tools

    • Lesson 5 Video

    • References

  • 7

    Course Evaluation

    • Evaluation

    • Submission Verification

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