4 Hours | 4 CEs

This self-paced training program on the Introduction to Forensic Assessment in Death Penalty Cases: Practical and Ethical Considerations is presented by Maureen Reardon, PhD, ABPP. 

This course offers guidance on the practical and ethical considerations most relevant to forensic work in death penalty cases. An overview of key legal concepts is provided to orient participants to the most common referral questions at each stage of the capital litigation process — from pre-trial evaluations of competence through post-sentencing waivers and competence for execution. Issues of racial bias, “environmental coercion,” professional competence/advocacy, and involuntary treatment are discussed as ethical dilemmas to be considered in this specialized area of forensic practice.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Describe the three stages of the capital litigation process for which forensic expert consultation may be relevant

  • Describe mitigating factors that involve exclusively psychological phenomena

  • Describe cultural diversity issues that may influence capital prosecution and sentencing

  • Describe ethical considerations unique to forensic evaluations in death penalty cases

Presented By

Maureen Reardon, PhD, ABPP

Dr. Reardon obtained a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Florida State University in 2004. She is board-certified in forensic psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology. Currently, Dr. Reardon maintains a private practice in Raleigh, North Carolina, primarily offering forensic evaluation and consultation services across North Carolina and southern Virginia (www.reardonphd.com). Dr. Reardon serves on the faculty for the St. John’s University Forensic Psychology Postdoctoral Certificate Program and has offered seminars and workshops for mental health and legal professionals on a variety psycholegal topics. She serves on the examination faculty for the American Academy of Forensic Psychology and is the current President of the American Board of Forensic Psychology.
  • 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


    • Overview

  • 2


    • Introduction

  • 3

    Practical and Ethical Considerations

    • Practical and Ethical Considerations

  • 4

    Practical and Ethical Considerations

    • Practical and Ethical Considerations - Part 2

    • Quiz

  • 5

    Course Evaluation

    • Course Evaluation

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