AAFP: Assessment of Competence to Stand Trial

Presented By Lori L. Hauser, PhD, ABPP
Lori L. Hauser, PhD, ABPP

4 hours | 4 CEs

This On Demand professional training program on Assessmentof Competence to Stand Trial, is presented by Lori L. Hauser, PhD, ABPP, in partnership with The American Academy of Forensic Psychology.

This program focuses primarily on the evaluation of competence to stand trial in adults. After a brief review of the case law and conceptual underpinnings of the construct, a model and specific assessment methods are presented. Common forensic assessment instruments are covered, as well as other more informal means of assessment. Particular attention is given to report writing and the ethical conflicts that may arise in conducting such evaluations.

Intended Audience

This on-demand professional training program is intended for mental health and other allied professionals

Experience Level

This on-demand professional training program is appropriate for beginner, intermediate, and advanced level clinicians.

CE / CPD Credit

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Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this program you will be able to:

Describe the legal and conceptual underpinnings of the construct of competence to stand trial

Describe the relevant Assessmenttechniques (e.g., validity tests, psychological tests, forensic Assessmentinstruments, use of third-party information) for assessing functional abilities to proceed to trial

Describe potential ethical conflicts, and the principles and guidelines for resolving them, relevant to the Assessmentof competence to stand trial and the provision of expert testimony within the court system

Describe a model for writing reports and offering testimony regarding competency evaluations in accordance with applicable rules of evidence


Presented By

Lori L. Hauser, PhD, ABPP

Lori L. Hauser, PhD, ABPP, is a board-certified forensic psychologist employed at Whiting Forensic Hospital in Middletown, Connecticut. There, she oversees the competency restoration service and conducts forensic evaluations – competency, as well as general and sexual violence risk management – for ...


1. Introduction

2. Evaluation of Competence to Stand Trial

3. Scenario - Group Discussion

4. Methods of Assessment

5. Forensic Assessment Instruments

6. Response Style, Malingering, and Special Populations

7. Formulation, Reports, and Testifying

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Program Partner

American Academy of Forensic Psychology (AAFP)

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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