LIVE: Atkins Evaluations: Procedures, Psychometrics, and Recommendations

December 8, 2023  |  9:00 AM - 1:00 PM Pacific

Presented By Mark Cunningham, PhD, ABPP
Mark Cunningham, PhD, ABPP

December 8, 2023
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM Pacific

4 Hours | 4 CEs

Live Virtual Training via Zoom

Mark Cunningham, PhD, ABPP presents a live virtual professional training program on Atkins Evaluations: Procedures, Psychometrics, and Recommendations in partnership with the American Academy of Forensic Psychology (AAFP).

Atkins assessments are the only psycholegal issue where the diagnosis is dispositive. The associated diagnostic findings are a matter of life and death. Psychometric and assessment sophistication in conducting and interpreting the evaluation are essential.

This all-level workshop is directed toward fostering these skills. Instruction will include case law, evolutions in diagnostic criteria, primary evaluation elements, psychometric considerations, effort testing, nature and assessment of adaptive skill deficits, etiology and onset, and presentation of findings in reports and testimony. These will be illustrated with case examples.

The workshop is intended for forensic psychologists conducting or contemplating Atkins assessments. Other interested audiences include forensic psychologists, more broadly; forensic psychiatrists and fellows; clinical and forensic psychology graduate students, interns, and fellows; attorneys representing capital defendants or special populations; and social workers conducting mitigation and sentencing evaluations.

Program Outline:

  • Recent evolutions in diagnostic criteria
    • DSM
    • AAIDD
  • Case law
  • Evaluation elements
  • Psychometric considerations
    • Standard error of measurement
    • Other sources of error
    • Norm obsolescence
    • Test specific factors
  • Effort assessment
  • Assessment of Adaptive Skill Deficits
    • Conceptualizations and cautions
    • Adaptive skill scales
    • Interviewing for anecdotal detail
  • Etiology and onset
  • Reports and testimony
    • Findings based on Atkins reports
    • Powerpoint slides in Atkins's testimony

Intended Audience

This live program is intended for mental health and other allied professionals.

Experience Level

This live program is appropriate for beginner, intermediate, and advanced level clinicians.

CE / CPD Credit

APA, ASWB, CPA, NBCC: Click here for state and other regional board approvals.

Presented By

Mark Cunningham, PhD, ABPP

Mark D. Cunningham, Ph.D., ABPP is a Seattle-based, board-certified clinical and forensic psychologist, researcher, and prolific scholar, authoring more than 60 publications that have been cited an aggregate of 1800+ times in the scholarly literature, as well as by SCOTUS (Moore v. Texas, 2017) and ...

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this program you will be able to:

Describe how diagnostic criteria for intellectual disability have evolved in recent editions of DSM and AAIDD

Describe five sources/procedures in Atkins assessments

Describe three psychometric considerations in interpreting IQ scores

Describe six considerations in assessing adaptive skill deficits


Live Event Policy

Registration for our live events is covered for one (1) person per purchase. If you would like to purchase for a group, please contact our group training team.

Event Communications

Event Communications

When registering, use an email that is active and that you check regularly. We are not responsible for communications not being received; if you do not add to your email safe sender list, our emails are likely to end up in your spam or junk folders.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation Policy

Have a sudden change of plans and are unable to attend live? No worries, you will be given access to the on-demand version of the program once available.

Event Conduct

Event Conduct

Professional conduct is expected during our live programs. Our goal is to make our events as interactive as possible for all participants. We reserve the right to remove any participants who are disruptive, act unprofessionally, or who we are unable to verify their purchase.

Develop a Specialty Area of Practice

Transforming mental health professionals into experts

Expert Instructors

Professional training developed and delivered by the field's leading experts

CE Credit

Earn CE credit for meaningful professional training that will elevate your practice

Convenience & Flexibility

Learn at your own pace, from wherever you might be!

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.

Company Image