Constitutional Criminal Mental Health Law: An Overview

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

4 Hours | 4 CEs

This on-demand professional training program on Constitutional Criminal Mental Health Law: An Overview is presented by Christopher Slobogin, JD, LLM.

This program covers the crucial legal doctrines that govern forensic practice, including:

  • Constitutional rules and representative statutes concerning the forensic evaluation process
  • Competence to proceed
  • Competence to make decisions in the criminal process (pleading guilty, waiving counsel, waiving the insanity defense)
  • Commitment and treatment of those found incompetent
  • The insanity defense and other psychological defenses
  • Commitment of people found insane
  • Mental disability and the death penalty
  • Sexually violent predator laws
  • Risk assessment

The program surveys all-important Supreme Court opinions and a sampling of state and federal approaches to the issues. Case Vignettes are reviewed, and their implications for forensic practice.

This program enables beginning practitioners to understand the legal framework governing their work. It provides experienced practitioners with a more nuanced understanding of the legal rules they already know.

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 most important legal rules governing competence, insanity, death penalty, and criminal commitment

Describe the rationales for those rules

Describe the rules for their daily practice

Describe the rules with an eye toward reform


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. Competence to Proceed

2. Introduction to Vignette Cases 1 and 2 and Discussion

3. Commitment and Treatment of Those Found Incompetent

4. Decisional Competence

5. Introduction to Vignette Cases 3 and 4 and Discussion

6. Case 5: Unabomber Case

7. Competence to Represent Self

8. Insanity Defense

9. Mens Rea Defense (Diminished Capacity)

10. Capital Punishment

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