LIVE: Insanity Evaluations: Advanced Applications

April 3, 2024  |  9:00 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific

Presented By Robert A. Schug, Ph.D.
Robert A. Schug, Ph.D.

April 3, 2024
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific

2 Hours | 2 CEs

$125 Registration | Live Training via Zoom

Robert A. Schug, Ph.D. presents a live virtual professional training program on Insanity Evaluations: Advanced Applications.

This program is designed for experienced (advanced-level) forensic psychologists and psychiatrists who specialize in conducting court-appointed insanity evaluations. It is also suitable for other mental health professionals interested in insanity assessment, provided they have some prior experience in this field.

The psycho-legal question of insanity is one of the most challenging to address in forensic assessment, as understanding an individual’s mental state at the time of a criminal offense presents unique challenges, particularly when a period of time has passed between the offense and the evaluation.

This program will present advanced techniques and strategies in the assessment of insanity for the forensic evaluator, utilizing what the presenter refers to as a “researcher mentality.” Three primary sources of evaluation data are discussed, with an emphasis on psychological testing and less conventional, more “out-of-the-box” sources of collateral information. Advanced data analysis and integration, case conceptualization and formulation, report writing, courtroom testimony, and other important considerations are also discussed.

Program Outline:

  • Introductory Material
    • Statistics re: insanity plea
    • Challenges of insanity evaluations
    • Conceptual Issues (M’Naughten Standard)
      • Nature/quality of act
      • Wrongfulness
    • Adopting the “Researcher Mentality”
    • The Evaluation: Three Primary Sources of Data
      • The Defendant
      • Clinical interviews
      • Observations
      • Psychological testing
    • Collateral Interviews
      • Collateral interview considerations and strategies.
      • Standardization of the collateral interview across interviewees.
    • Other Collateral Data (“The Big Three”)
      • 1. Jail medical/mental health records
      • 2. Jail telephone calls
      • 3. Police body-worn camera footage
    • Report Writing
    • Testimony and Other Considerations
    • Case Example(s)

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

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Presented By

Robert A. Schug, Ph.D.

Dr. Robert Schug is a neurocriminologist and clinical psychologist specializing in the biology and psychology of the criminal mind. Professor, forensic evaluator, and a true “criminal mind scientist,” his research focuses on understanding the relationship between extreme forms of psychopathology and...

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this program you will be able to:

Describe the conceptual and practical challenges of conducting insanity evaluations with an eye for addressing the specific criteria of insanity

Describe robust sources of data for the insanity evaluation, with a focus on psychological testing and collateral data acquisition and analysis

Describe evaluation data to a psycho-legal opinion regarding insanity

Describe and defend insanity evaluation methodologies to triers-of-fact via courtroom testimony


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