5 Hours | 5 CEs

This self-paced training program on Not So Uncommon Topics in Competency Evaluations is presented by Candyce Shields, PhD, ABPP

This course examines topics that arise less commonly, but that are no less influential in the assessment of competency to stand trial. Topics include: developing informed opinions about the likelihood/probability of restoration to competence; amnesia for the offense in evaluations of competence to stand trial; imposition of a viable insanity defense over a defendant’s objection; and competence to waive the right to counsel (proceed pro se). Relevant case law and literature are reviewed. General and specific conceptual considerations in performing evaluations that involve the topic areas are discussed.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Describe factors relevant to developing informed opinions regarding the likelihood/probability of restoration to competence

  • Describe relevant case law and factors relevant to developing informed opinions where amnesia for the alleged offense(s) is at issue in evaluations of competence to stand trial

  • Describe relevant case law and literature regarding the imposition of an insanity defense on defendants

  • Describe relevant case law and factors relevant to developing informed opinions when evaluating specific competencies to waive counsel

Presented By

Candyce Shields, PhD, ABPP

Dr. Candyce Shields earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Western Michigan University, a master’s degree in rehabilitation psychology and counseling from the University of North Carolina, and a master’s and her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the University of Louisville. She completed a predoctoral internship at the Federal Correctional Complex in Butner, North Carolina and a postdoctoral fellowship in forensic psychology at the Wyoming State Hospital in Evanston, Wyoming. She is an Early Career Grant recipient from the American Academy of Forensic Psychology (AAFP) and achieved board certification in forensic psychology in 2008 from the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP).
  • 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

    Not so "Uncommon" Topics in Competency Evaluations

    • Lesson 1 Video

    • Faretta v. California (1975)

    • Frendak v. United States (1979)

    • Godinez v. Moran, (1993)

    • Indiana v. Edwards, (2008)

    • North Carolina v. Alford, (1970)

    • US v. Marble, (1991)

    • Whalem v. US, (1965)

    • References

    • Course Quiz

  • 3

    Course Evaluation

    • Evaluation

    • Submission Verification

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