4 Hours | 4 CEs

This on-demand professional training program on Criminal Competency and Responsibility in Individuals with ASD is presented by Bob Stinson, PsyD, JD, ABPP, and A.J McConnell, PsyD, in partnership with The American Academy of Forensic Psychology

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 program 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 program 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 is a Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Psychology (AAFP) and a Diplomate in forensic psychology with the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP). Dr. Stinson worked for 15 years on a forensic unit at Twin Valley Behavioral Healthcare (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. Dr. Stinson served as the Chief of Behavioral Health Services for the Ohio Department of Youth Services for over 3 years. He provides training and supervision to students, interns, and post-doctoral residents. He lectures across the country in the areas of mental health law and ethics. He has been an Adjunct Professor of Clinical Psychology at Wright State University’s School of Professional Psychology and he is currently an Adjunct Professor of Clinical Psychology at The Ohio State University Department of Psychology, he is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, and he is an Adjunct Professor of Law at The Ohio State University’s Moritz College of Law. Dr. Stinson holds membership in several legal and psychological professional associations, including APA (and several of its divisions), AAFP (where he served on the Board from 2017 to 2022, serving as President in the last two years), OPA (where he is a Past-President and is a member and past-chair of the Ethics Committee), OSBA, and COPA (where he is a Past-President). In his law practice, he represents professionals as it relates to licensing board issues and related matters.

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 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


    • 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


    • 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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