Competency

Feb
15

General Intelligence Is a More Robust Predictor of Competency Restoration than a Measure of Externalizing Behaviors

The present study evaluated whether specific aspects of psychopathological constructs assessed by the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-2 Restructured Form (MMPI-2-RF), and specific cognitive abilities assessed by the Wechsler Abbreviated Scale of Intelligence (WASI/WASI-II), were associated with length of competency restoration among 344 male pretrial defendants hospitalized in a maximum security forensic psychiatric hospital. Higher Juvenile […]

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Oct
19

MMPI-2-RF Scales Have Limited Utility in Predicting Competency Restoration

The present study evaluated whether specific aspects of psychopathological constructs assessed by the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-2 Restructured Form (MMPI-2-RF) and specific cognitive abilities assessed by the Wechsler Abbreviated Scale of Intelligence (WASI/WASI-II), were associated with length of competency restoration of a sample of male pretrial defendants in a maximum security forensic psychiatric hospital. No […]

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Oct
12

Attorneys’ perspectives on their clients’ abilities to plead guilty

A substantial minority of attorneys may have faced a professional quandary in terms of doubting a client’s competence to plead but choosing not to raise the issue—a conflict for which little professional guidance exists. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in Psychology, Public Policy and Law. Below is a summary of […]

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Apr
06

MMPI-2-RF comparison groups for defendants evaluated for Competency to Stand Trial and Criminal Responsibility

The MMPI-2-RF can be useful in characterizing defendants evaluated for Competency to Stand Trial and Criminal Responsibility, which will allow forensic examiners to have a better sense of what to expect in terms of MMPI-2-RF results from individuals undergoing such evaluations. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in The International Journal […]

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Feb
23

Research should Include Consideration of Combined CST and MSO Evaluations

Combined evaluations of competency to stand trial (CST) and mental state at the time of the offense (MSO) should be incorporated into research methodology to more closely mirror clinical practice. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in Law and Human Behavior. Below is a summary of the research and findings as […]

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Jun
09

Conducting competent research on competency and sanity

Incorporating combined competency to stand trial (CST) and mental state at the time of the offense (MSTO) evaluations into CST and MSTO research is an important methodological consideration not to be overlooked. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in Law and Human Behavior. Below is a summary of the research and […]

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Mar
10

Cognitive Processing Style May Represent a Threat to Making Competent Plea Decisions

A person’s cognitive processing style may affect his or her decision to accept a plea bargaining more so than his or her values. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in Psychology, Public Policy, and Law. Below is a summary of the research and findings as well as a translation of this […]

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Jan
20

Use of Psychological Instruments Makes No Difference in Contested Competency Cases

Identifying which defendants are at increased risk to repeat a return to competency (RTC) program would allow more resources to be allocated toward those who have the greatest need, thus reducing the cost associated with repeating the program. This study found that defendants diagnosed with a psychotic disorder and who had three or more previous […]

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Oct
14

Outpatient Competency Restoration Shows Promising Outcomes

Outpatient competency restoration programs (OCRP’s) demonstrate high competency restoration rates, low program failure rates, and financial savings for state institutions. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in Psychology, Public Policy, and Law. Below is a summary of the research and findings as well as a translation of this research into practice. […]

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Aug
14

CONCEPT Offers Fall Training course on Competence to Stand Trial

Best Practices in the Evaluation of Competence to Stand Trial Dr. Patricia Zapf October 4 – December 12, 2015 30 hours over 10 weeks (includes 10 hours of consultation)   One of the primary foundations of criminal law is that all defendants have a right to a fair trial. Towards this end, upwards of 60,000 […]

By Amber Watkins | Competency . Professional Training
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Apr
03

Summer Training Institute offers in person workshops at John Jay College of Criminal Justice

What plans do you have for this summer? We hope you plan to come to the Summer Training Institute for in person workshops at John Jay College this June! The instructors are internationally recognized experts, prolific authors, and engaging presenters. Below are highlights of two of the programs offered during Summer Institute on Juvenile Competency […]

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Mar
06

Join us for Summer Training Institute

Join us for Summer Training Institute at John Jay College, June 1st -5th. You will engage in in-person workshops with internationally recognized experts, prolific authors, and engaging presenters.  Below are highlights of two workshops that will be offered during Summer Training Institute. The 5 day Foundations of Violence Risk Assessment workshop goes from June 1st […]

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