6 Hours | 6 CEs

This self-paced training program on Evidence-Based Evaluations of Criminal Responsibility is presented by Terry Kukor, PhD, ABPP.

This program focuses on assessment of a defendant’s mental state at the time of the offense as it relates to issues of criminal responsibility (sanity). Specific topics include: practical assessment of the defendant’s understanding of the nature, quality, and wrongfulness of his/her behavior; objective and subjective standards of moral wrongfulness; evidentiary basis for inferences about wrongfulness; amnesia and sanity; using collateral information; psychological testing in sanity evaluations; relationship between symptoms and mental state at the time of the alleged offense; dealing with complications (e.g., denial of involvement in the alleged offense); accounting for contradictory data; formulating opinions; and malingering in sanity evaluations. A practice model for the assessment of criminal responsibility is introduced, with an emphasis on gathering and evaluating the evidence necessary to address the functional legal capacities in question. Practical report writing strategies are reviewed as well. Clinical cases and vignettes provide participants with practical opportunities to apply the conceptual framework to case detail in criminal responsibility evaluations.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Describe legal principles relevant to the evaluation of criminal responsibility (sanity)

  • Describe a conceptual framework for evaluating legal sanity

  • Describe questions designed to elicit “big picture” and “behavioral detail” data pertinent to evaluation of criminal responsibility evaluations

  • Describe examples of evidence that can be used to support an opinion about sanity

  • Describe effective techniques for bridging clinical and behavioral data with relevant legal principles

  • Describe how bias can interfere with objective consideration of diversity factors (e.g., race, culture, sexual orientation, etc.) in the evaluation of criminal responsibility

  • Describe the conceptual framework to forensic case examples

Presented By

Terry Kukor, PhD, ABPP

Dr. Terry Kukor is a licensed psychologist and one of 370 psychologists who are board certified in forensic psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology. He is the Director of Forensic and Specialized Assessment Services for Netcare Access in Columbus, Ohio. He serves as an adjunct professor in the Departments of Psychology at Drexel University and Miami University, and as a member of the Auxiliary Faculty, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health at The Ohio State University. Dr. Kukor has specialized in criminal forensic evaluation for more than 25 years, during which time he has performed a wide variety of forensic evaluations, including criminal responsibility, competence to stand trial, juvenile competency & waiver, violence risk assessment, and threat assessment.
  • 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


    • Lesson 1 Video

    • Intoxication and Settled Insanity—Unsettled Matters

    • Amphetamine-Induced Psychosis

  • 3

    Deconstructing Commonly Found Terms

    • Lesson 2 Video

    • Methamphetamine Psychosis: Epidemiology and Management

    • Methamphetamine-Induced Psychosis

  • 4

    Mental Disease and Defect

    • Lesson 3 Video

    • Differentiating Substance-Induced and Primary Psychotic Disorders

    • Differentiating First Episode Substance Induced and Primary Psychotic Disorders

  • 5

    Case Presentation 1

    • Lesson 4 Video

    • Jane Doe Sanity Evaluation Case Data

  • 6

    Keys to an Evidence-Based Sanity Evaluation

    • Lesson 5 Video

    • Sanity Evaluation Questions

    • Video Conference Forensic Evaluation (VCFE) Checklist

    • Notification Form for VCFE

    • Rights Statement for VCFE

    • Limitations and Caveats for VCFE

  • 7

    Pertinent Questions

    • Lesson 6 Video

    • Sanity Interview Form

    • Vignette- I Must of Done Somebody Wrong

    • A Comparison of Methamphetamine-Induced Psychosis and Schizophrenia

    • When Acute-Stage Psychosis and Substance Use Co-Occur

  • 8

    Assessment of Capacity to Conform

    • Lesson 7 Video

    • Are Forensic Experts Biased by the Side That Retained Them?

  • 9

    Cultural Competency in Forensic Assessment

    • Lesson 8 Video

  • 10

    Presenting the Opinion

    • Lesson 8 Video

    • James Doe- Sanity Evaluation Data

    • Resources for Reducing Errors in Forensic Reports

    • References

    • Course Quiz

  • 11

    Course Evaluation

    • Evaluation

    • Submission Verification

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