20 Hours | 20 CEs

This self-paced training program on Evaluation of Criminal Responsibility/Insanity is presented by Ira K. Packer, PhD, ABPP.

This program provides a comprehensive overview of evaluations of criminal responsibility (insanity; mental state at the time of the offense). Best practices are described and the empirical basis for evaluation in this area are highlighted. Participants are given an overview of the legal standards and context for criminal responsibility evaluations are presented. The empirical research on criminal responsibility and insanity acquittees are presented and best practices in preparing for these evaluations are emphasized. Finally, data collection and the importance of third-party and corroborating data are discussed.

Additionally, the evaluation process, including the interview and relevant testing, are discussed with a focus on case formulation. Case conceptualization, data integration, formulation, report writing, expert testimony regarding insanity and criminal responsibility are discussed.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Describe the best practices and the empirical basis for evaluation in this area

  • Describe the legal standards for criminal responsibility

  • Describe the context for criminal responsibility

  • Describe the empirical research on criminal responsibility and insanity

  • Describe the evaluation process and case formulation

  • Describe interviews and relevant testing

  • Describe case conceptualization, data integration, and formulation

Presented By

Ira K. Packer, PhD, ABPP

Dr. Ira K. Packer, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, directs the highly respected UMMS Postdoctoral Residency Program in Forensic Psychology, and directs the Forensic Evaluation Service at Worcester Recovery Center and Hospital. He also is the Director of the Massachusetts Center of Excellence for Specialty Courts.

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  • 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

    Introduction to Criminal Responsibility

    • Lesson 1 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 3

    Legal Bases

    • Lesson 2 Video

    • The Legal Context

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 4

    Cognitive Prong

    • Lesson 3 Video

  • 5

    Volitational Prong

    • Lesson 4 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 6

    Substance Abuse

    • Lesson 5 Video

    • Forensic Mental Health Concepts

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 7

    Criminal Responsibility Interview Proccess

    • Lesson 6 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 8

    Collateral Sources

    • Lesson 7 Video

    • Preparation for the Evaluation

    • Empirical Foundations and Limits

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 9

    Psychological Testing

    • Lesson 8 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 10

    Interviewing Part 2

    • Lesson 9 Video

    • Data Collection

  • 11


    • Lesson 10 Video

    • Interpretation

    • Interpretive Strategy Figure

  • 12

    Report Writing

    • Lesson 11 Video

    • Report Writing and Testimony

    • Checklist for Criminal Responsibility Reports

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 13

    Issues with Forensic Reports

    • Lesson 12 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 14

    Diminished Capacity

    • Lesson 13 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 15


    • Lesson 14 Video

    • CR Report Sample

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 16

    Sample Case

    • Lesson 15 Video

  • 17


    • Instructions

    • Evaluation

    • Submission Verification

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