MDLPA: Mental Illness, Dangerousness, the Police Power, and Risk Assessment

Presented By Heather Ellis Cucolo, JD | Michael Perlin, JD
Heather Ellis Cucolo, JD Michael Perlin, JD

20 hours | 20 CEs

This On Demand professional training program on Mental Illness, Dangerousness, the Police Power, and Risk Assessment is presented by Michael L. Perlin, JD, and Heather Ellis Cucolo, JD, in partnership with Mental Disability Law and Policy Associates.

This program deals with the relationship between mental illness, dangerous behavior, and police power, the ability of mental health professionals to predict dangerousness, and the significance of risk Assessmentinstruments for a variety of decisions to be made in the legal system. Participants will discover how these relationships and concepts play out in a variety of settings, including involuntary civil commitments, right to refuse treatment, insanity defense acquittee retention hearings, sex offender status hearings, sentencing cases, death penalty ‘future dangerousness’ inquiries, death penalty mitigation hearings, and Tarasoff (duty to protect) cases in civil law.

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 relationship between mental illness, dangerous behavior and the police power

Describe the perceived and actual relationship between mental disorder and violence

Describe how violence is assessed clinically and actuarially (structured and unstructured)

Describe the significance of the Police Power in the commitment process.

Describe the ability of mental health professionals to predict dangerousness

Describe the significance of the Parens Patriae power in the commitment process.

Describe the significance of risk Assessmentinstruments for decision making in the legal system

Describe extent to which the public misapprehends the relationship between mental illness and dangerousness

Describe the significance of the MacArthur Network research.

Describe the relationship between basic involuntary civil commitment principles and risk assessment

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Presented By

Heather Ellis Cucolo, JD

Heather Ellis Cucolo is an adjunct professor in New York Law School’s online mental disability law program, has served as Acting Director of that program, and has contributed to the development of courses within the program as well as assisted in collaboration with Asia-Pacific partners to fost...

Presented By

Michael Perlin, JD

Michael L. Perlin is Professor of Law Emeritus at New York Law School (NYLS), founding director of NYLS’s Online Mental Disability Law Program, and founding director of NYLS’s International Mental Disability Law Reform Project in its Justice Action Center. He is also the co-founder of Mental Di...

Curriculum

1. Introduction

2. Mental Illness and Dangerousness

3. Use of Police Power

4. Violence and Risk Assessment

5. Dangerousness

6. Right to Refuse Treatment

7. Risk Assessment

8. Retention Hearings

9. Death Penalty

10. Duty to Protect

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Program Partner

Mental Disability Law and Policy Associates, LLC

We are proud to partner with Mental Disability Law and Policy Associates, LLC for this training. MDLPA is a boutique educational training company that offers specialized mental disability law consulting, the creation or enhancement of distance learning programs, in-house or online courses, and day or weekend training seminars to reputable organizations, educational institutions, professional groups, and advocacy groups focused on providing advanced knowledge and skills to persons working with marginalized populations.

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