6 Hours | 6 CEs

This on-demand professional training program on Evidence-Based Evaluations of Criminal Responsibility is presented by Terry Kukor, Ph.D., ABPP, in partnership with The American Academy of Forensic Psychology.

This program focuses on assessing 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 their behavior; objective and subjective standards of moral wrongfulness; evidentiary basis for inferences about wrongfulness; amnesia and sanity; using collateral information; psychological testing in criminal responsibility evaluations; the 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 criminal responsibility evaluations. A practice model for the assessment of criminal responsibility is introduced, emphasizing 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 valuable opportunities to apply the conceptual framework to case detail in criminal responsibility evaluations.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this program 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

Terry Kukor, Ph.D., ABPP, is board-certified in forensic psychology. He is a Senior Forensic Psychologist at Netcare Access in Columbus, Ohio. He holds adjunct positions at Drexel University, Miami University, and The Ohio State University. Dr. Kukor has specialized in criminal forensic evaluation for more than 30 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. He teaches workshops for the American Academy of Forensic Psychology, and is a threat assessment consultant for Work Trauma Services Inc. At Netcare, he performs criminal forensic evaluations on court-referred adults and juveniles. He also does fitness for duty evaluations for the Federal Aviation Administration, and consults with a regional office of the FBI. In 2016, he was recognized with the Howard H. Sokolov Forensic Mental Health Leadership Award, presented by the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services. In 2019, he was granted the Distinguished Contributions to Forensic Psychology Award by the Executive Committee of the American Academy of Forensic Psychology.
  • 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

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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

    • Sample Report: James Doe

    • Sample Report: Jane Doe

    • References

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 11


    • 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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