20 hours | 20 CEs
This on-demand professional training program on Evaluations for High Stakes Sentencing is presented by Mark Cunningham, PhD, ABPP. This badge-earning program can be shared digitally on platforms like LinkedIn or your resume and counts towards a certificate. Enroll in this program to earn credit towards Criminal Forensic Assessment Certificate and share your new digital credentials with prospective employers and colleagues.
Landmark U.S. Supreme Court cases such as Woodson, Jurek, Atkins, and Miller mandated individualized sentencing when the death penalty is sought, or a defendant is facing a life-without-parole for an offense committed as a juvenile. Mental health professionals are routinely called upon to assist in illuminating the associated considerations of moral culpability and specific deterrence. The program is divided into four modules, each focusing on a high-stakes sentencing context or issue: Evaluation for capital mitigation, capital violence risk assessment for prison, evaluation of intellectual disability, and evaluation in juvenile murder. For each type of evaluation, Dr. Cunningham describes the conceptual underpinnings, evaluation procedures, and relevant research literature and presents an analysis/integration of case data. Dr. Cunningham provides extensive illustrations of how the findings can be effectively communicated in reports and through slide-assisted testimony.
This on-demand professional training program is intended for mental health and other allied professionals
This on-demand professional training program is appropriate for beginner, intermediate, and advanced level clinicians.
Upon completion of this program you will be able to:
Describe the contrasting theories of the state and defense at capital sentencing and how these are operationalized in evidence and argument
Describe moral culpability and its relationship to choice
Describe the procedures in conducting an evaluation of capital mitigation
Describe four methodologies for violence risk assessment
Describe the various sources for rates of serious prison violence and specify the primary inmate-specific correlates
Describe the conceptual basis for the exclusion of persons with ID from death-sentencing
Describe the two sources for the primary diagnostic criteria for ID and their common elements
Describe the evolution of diagnostic criteria for ID from DSM-IV-TR to DSM-5
Describe the four primary factors in brain maturation
Describe how brain immaturity impacts decision-making and susceptibility to peer influences
Mark Cunningham, PhD, ABPP
Mark D. Cunningham, Ph.D., ABPP, is a Seattle-based, board-certified clinical and forensic psychologist, researcher, and prolific scholar. His forensic practice is national in scope, and he is licensed in 14 states. He has testified extensively in high-stakes cases, including insanity defenses invol...
2. Sentencing Considerations
3. Violence and the Person
4. Capital Sentencing
5. Capital Sentencing - Theories and Conceptualizations
6. Capital Sentencing - Adverse Developmental Factors
7. US DOJ Models
8. ACEs Models
9. Violence Risk Assessment for Prison
10. Violence Risk Assessment for Prison - Jury Capability
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