Evidence-Based Evaluations of Criminal Responsibility

Evidence-Based Evaluations of Criminal Responsibility


6 Hours | 6 CEs (CEUs)


Program Description

This self-paced training program on Evidence-Based Evaluations of Criminal Responsibility is presented by Dr. Terry Kukor.

This program focuses on assessment of a defendant’s mental state at the time of the offense as it relates to issues of criminal responsibility (sanity). Specific topics include: practical assessment of the defendant’s understanding of the nature, quality, and wrongfulness of his/her behavior; objective and subjective standards of moral wrongfulness; evidentiary basis for inferences about wrongfulness; amnesia and sanity; using collateral information; psychological testing in sanity evaluations; relationship between symptoms and mental state at the time of the alleged offense; dealing with complications (e.g., denial of involvement in the alleged offense); accounting for contradictory data; formulating opinions; and malingering in sanity evaluations. A practice model for the assessment of criminal responsibility is introduced, with an emphasis on gathering and evaluating the evidence necessary to address the functional legal capacities in question. Practical report writing strategies are reviewed as well. Clinical cases and vignettes provide participants with practical opportunities to apply the conceptual framework to case detail in criminal responsibility evaluations.

Intended Audience

This training program is intended for mental health and allied professionals, including psychologists, social workers, counselors, and marriage and family therapists. This training program is for beginner, intermediate, and advanced level clinicians. 

Upon completion of this training program, participants should be able to:

  • Describe legal principles relevant to the evaluation of criminal responsibility (sanity)
  • Describe a conceptual framework for evaluating legal sanity
  • Describe questions designed to elicit “big picture” and “behavioral detail” data pertinent to evaluation of criminal responsibility evaluations
  • Describe examples of evidence that can be used to support an opinion about sanity
  • Describe effective techniques for bridging clinical and behavioral data with relevant legal principles
  • Describe how bias can interfere with objective consideration of diversity factors (e.g., race, culture, sexual orientation, etc.) in the evaluation of criminal responsibility
  • Describe the conceptual framework to forensic case examples

About Dr. Terry Kukor

Dr. Terry Kukor is a licensed psychologist and one of 370 psychologists who are board certified in forensic psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology. He is the Director of Forensic and Specialized Assessment Services for Netcare Access in Columbus, Ohio. He serves as an adjunct professor in the Departments of Psychology at Drexel University and Miami University, and as a member of the Auxiliary Faculty, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health at The Ohio State University. Dr. Kukor has specialized in criminal forensic evaluation for more than 25 years, during which time he has performed a wide variety of forensic evaluations, including criminal responsibility, competence to stand trial, juvenile competency & waiver, violence risk assessment, and threat assessment. He is an approved trainer for the American Academy of Forensic Psychology and the Suicide Prevention Resource Center, and is a threat assessment consultant for Work Trauma Services Inc. At Netcare, he supervises Netcare’s Probate Pre-screeners, who do evaluations for Probate Court about individuals who may require involuntary civil commitment. He performs and supervises criminal forensic evaluations on court referred adults and juveniles, does fitness for duty evaluations for the Federal Aviation Administration, and consults with a regional office of the FBI.

Course Outline

  • Overview of specific topics related to a defendant’s mental state at the time of the offense
  • Practice model for the assessment of criminal responsibility and report writing strategies
  • Review clinical cases and vignettes — gaining practical experience

Here’s what others are saying about this training:

Dr. Kukor was very clear, organized. He gave pertinent references we can use. His use of supplementary materials was very helpful.

Everything is applicable and not “filler” information. Dr. Kukor condensed a ridiculously vast amount of information and made it very accessible. Thanks!

Dr. Kukor is incredibly knowledgeable and a great presenter; the supplemental materials are also great

Continuing Education Credit

This Distance Learning Course is a Home Study Training Program. To earn CEs you are required to complete all course materials, quizzes, and the evaluation. No partial credit is available. A score of 70% is required to proceed; you will be able to re-take any quiz on which you score less than 70%. Participants will earn 6 CE hours upon completion of these requirements. The CE Certificate will become available for download upon completion of the course evaluation.

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

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