AAFP: Competencies in the Criminal Process

Presented By Christopher Slobogin, J.D., LLM
Christopher Slobogin, J.D., LLM

4 hours | 4 CEs

This on-demand professional training program on Competencies in the Criminal Process is presented by Christopher Slobogin, J.D., LLM, in partnership with the American Academy of Forensic Psychology (AAFP).

This program provides a comprehensive analysis of the law governing six competencies that arise in the criminal process: competency to stand trial, competency to plead guilty, and competency to waive legal representation, with a brief mention of competency to waive the insanity defense and other defenses. Although relevant research and Assessmentprotocols are discussed, the focus of this program is the law’s approach to these issues.

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 factors relevant to assessing competency to stand trial, plead guilty, and waive counsel

Demonstrate a competency evaluation that addresses the fundamental issues relevant to the courts

Describe a competency Assessment instrument appropriate to legal needs and time constraints

Demonstrate a treatment plan to restore competency that addresses issues relevant to refusal of medication

Describe a competency report’s allegiance to competency criteria


Presented By

Christopher Slobogin, J.D., LLM

Christopher Slobogin has authored more than 200 articles, books and chapters on topics relating to mental health law, criminal law and procedure, and evidence. Named director of Vanderbilt Law School’s Criminal Justice Program in 2009, Professor Slobogin is one of the five most cited criminal law an...


1. Competency to Proceed, Plead Guilty, and Waive Counsel - Part 1

2. Competency to Proceed, Plead Guilty, and Waive Counsel - Part 2

3. Competency to Proceed, Plead Guilty, and Waive Counsel - Part 3

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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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