Evaluation of Criminal Responsibility/Insanity

Evaluation of Criminal Responsibility/Insanity


20 Hours | 20 CEs (CEUs)


Program Description

This self-paced online training program on Evaluation of Criminal Responsibility/Insanity is presented by Dr. Ira Packer. This program provides a comprehensive overview of evaluations of criminal responsibility (insanity; mental state at the time of the offense). Best practices are described and the empirical basis for evaluation in this area are highlighted. Participants are given an overview of the legal standards and context for criminal responsibility evaluations are presented. The empirical research on criminal responsibility and insanity acquittees are presented and best practices in preparing for these evaluations are emphasized. Finally, data collection and the importance of third-party and corroborating data are discussed.

Additionally, the evaluation process, including the interview and relevant testing, are discussed with a focus on case formulation. Case conceptualization, data integration, formulation, report writing, expert testimony regarding insanity and criminal responsibility are discussed.

The fee for this training program is $500 and includes all materials and readings. Participants should expect to commit approximately 20 CE hours to complete this training program. Throughout the training program, there are quizzes that must be passed with a 70% in order to advance in the course. Once the course is completed participants will complete a course evaluation and then will be able to print their certificate of completion.

Intended Audience

This training program is relevant for professionals who want to develop skills in forensic evaluation, including psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, and other mental health professionals who intend to add evaluation of criminal responsibility (insanity) to their forensic practice. This training program is appropriate for beginner, intermediate, and advanced level clinicians.

Upon completion of this course, the participant should be able to:

– Describe the best practices and the empirical basis for evaluation in this area
– Describe the legal standards for criminal responsibility

– Describe the context for criminal responsibility

– Describe the empirical research on criminal responsibility and insanity

– Describe data collection and importance of third-party and corroborating data

– Describe the evaluation process and case formulation
– Describe interviews and relevant testing

– Describe case conceptualization
– Describe data integration
– Describe formulation
– Describe report writing regarding insanity and criminal responsibility

About Dr. Ira Packer


Ira K. Packer, Ph.D., Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, directs the highly respected UMMS Postdoctoral Residency Program in Forensic Psychology, and directs the Forensic Evaluation Service at Worcester Recovery Center and Hospital. He also is the Director of the Massachusetts Center of Excellence for Specialty Courts. Dr. Packer previously served (1993-1996) as the Assistant Commissioner for Forensic Mental Health in Massachusetts. He has been a practicing forensic psychologist for over 35 years, with a particular focus on evaluations of criminal responsibility, competence to stand trial, and violence risk assessment.

Dr. Packer has served in a number of leadership capacities affecting Forensic Psychology nationally. He was a member of the examination faculty for the American Board of Forensic Psychology (ABFP) and has previously served as National Chair of Examinations, Vice-President, and President of ABFP. He has also served as Vice-President and President of the American Academy of Forensic Psychology (AAFP). Dr. Packer chaired the Forensic Specialty Council that developed the Education and Training Guidelines for Forensic Psychology (which enables, for the first time, accreditation by APA of Postdoctoral Residencies in Forensic Psychology). He has also served as Vice President (2007) and President (2008-2009) of the Council of Specialties in Professional Psychology. In 2007, Dr. Packer was presented with the Distinguished Contributions to Forensic Psychology Award by the American Academy of Forensic Psychology.

Dr. Packer received his B.A from Columbia University in 1974 and his Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania in 1979. He has provided numerous workshops and presentations nationally, including topics such as Criminal Responsibility, Violence Risk Assessment, and Expert Witness testimony. He has numerous publications including two books: Packer, I.K. (2009). Evaluation of Criminal Responsibility. New York, NY: Oxford University Press; Packer, I.K. and Grisso, T. (2011). Specialty Competencies in Forensic Psychology. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

This training program is excellent for forensic mental health professionsal that want to add evaluation of criminal responsibility/insanity to their practice.
Participants will learn about the legal standards and context for criminal responsibility evaluations
Participants will learn about empirical research and case formulation. There will be a focus on interview and relevant testing
Participants will learn about case formulation, data integration, report writing, and expert testimony regarding insanity and criminal responsibility

“I enjoyed the presentation styles of the presenters and the relevant and
informative information presented. Thank you.”

“The information was imparted well and it was helpful to have the practice examples. This was a great training.”

“The resource materials were easily accessible and relevant and the entire training process was excellent.”

Continuing Education Credit

This Distance Learning Course is a Home Study Training Program. To earn CE’s, you will have to complete the course quizzes and evaluation for this Home Study Distance Learning Course. No partial credit is available. For this course, you will need to pass the course quizzes with 70% correct and complete a course evaluation form to earn the certificate. You can take the test as many times as necessary to pass. Participants will earn 20 CE hours for completion once they have completed these requirements. Each participant will be able to print their CE certificate immediately after completing and passing the post-test and evaluation.

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

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