Not So Uncommon Topics in Competency Evaluations

Not So Uncommon Topics in Competency Evaluations


5 Hours | 5 CE’s (CEU’s) | $250


Program Description

This online training program on Not So Uncommon Topics in Competency Evaluations is presented by Dr. Candyce Shields. This course examines topics that arise less commonly, but that are no less influential in the assessment of competency to stand trial. Topics include: developing informed opinions about the likelihood/probability of restoration to competence; amnesia for the offense in evaluations of competence to stand trial; imposition of a viable insanity defense over a defendant’s objection; and competence to waive the right to counsel (proceed pro se). Relevant case law and literature are reviewed. General and specific conceptual considerations in performing evaluations that involve the topic areas are discussed.

Course Outline:

  • Likelihood/probability of restoration of competence
  • Amnesia for the offense
  • Viable insanity defense
  • Right to waive counsel

Intended Audience

This training program is intended for psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers and other mental health professionals who conduct competency evaluations for the criminal courts or those who would like to expand their practice to offer evaluations of adjudicative competence. This training program is for beginner, intermediate, and advanced level clinicians.

Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to:

– Describe factors relevant to developing informed opinions regarding the likelihood/probability of restoration to competence
– Describe relevant case law and factors relevant to developing informed opinions where amnesia for the alleged offense(s) is at issue in evaluations of competence to stand trial
-Describe relevant case law and literature regarding the imposition of an insanity defense on defendants
-Describe relevant case law and factors relevant to developing informed opinions when evaluating specific competencies to waive counsel

About Dr. Candyce Shields

Dr. Candyce Shields earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Western Michigan University, a master’s degree in rehabilitation psychology and counseling from the University of North Carolina, and a master’s and her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the University of Louisville. She completed a predoctoral internship at the Federal Correctional Complex in Butner, North Carolina and a postdoctoral fellowship in forensic psychology at the Wyoming State Hospital in Evanston, Wyoming. She is an Early Career Grant recipient from the American Academy of Forensic Psychology (AAFP) and achieved board certification in forensic psychology in 2008 from the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP). Dr. Shields formerly served as a member of the examination faculty for the American Board of Forensic Psychology (ABFP), reviewing practice samples and conducting oral examinations for board certification. She is the past treasurer of the AAFP. She has taught multiple workshops nationally for the AAFP on the topics of evaluating competence to stand trial and legal insanity. Dr. Shields is currently employed as an Assistant Director of Evaluation Services and Forensic Psychologist at the Center for Forensic Psychiatry in Saline, Michigan. At the Center she conducts forensic evaluations relative to competence to stand trial, legal insanity, and competence to waive Miranda. She is also an Adjunct Clinical Instructor with the Department of Psychiatry in the University of Michigan Medical School. She is the 2016 recipient of the Distinguished Contributions to Forensic Psychology award given by the AAFP.

Continuing Education Credit

This Distance Learning Course is a Home Study Training Program. To earn CE’s, you will have to complete the webinar quiz and evaluation for this Distance Learning Recorded Webinar. No partial credit is available. For this webinar, you will need to pass the webinar quiz with 70% correct and complete a webinar evaluation form to earn the certificate. You can take the test as many times as necessary to pass. Participants will earn 5 CE hour 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, CPA, ASWB, NBCC. Click here for state and other regional board approvals.

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