An organization interested in the objective outcome from the use of psycho-legal elements in juvenile and criminal forensic evaluations to determine competency and sanity.

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Capacity FOR JUSTICE
2022
SUMMER CONFERENCE


The Texas Department of State Health Services

&

CAPACITY FOR JUSTICE

present

Ethics of Forensic Practice Summer 2022 

VIRTUAL CONFERENCE

June 30th - July 1st
9:00 AM - 1:30 PM

REGISTER HERE

Thursday, June 30

9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

The Role of Diagnoses in Forensic Evaluations
Mary Alice Conroy, Ph.D., ABPP

11:00 – 11:15 a.m.
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11:15 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Working with Difficult Evaluees: Strategies and Outcomes
Matthew Faubion, M.D.

 

Friday, July 1

9:00 - 10:00 a.m.

A Public Defender’s Perspective on Working with Psychiatric/Psychological Experts
Melissa Shearer, J.D.

10:00 – 10:15 a.m.
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10:15 – 11:15 a.m.

A Judge’s Impressions of Forensic Evaluations
The Honorable Leon Grizzard

11:15 – 11:30 a.m.
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11:30 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Developmental Maturity and Sophistication in Fitness to Proceed Evaluations
Jennifer Rockett, Ph.D.


Learning Objectives

Mary Alice Conroy, PhD
Upon completion of this event, participants should be able to: Identify historical view of experts on the use of diagnoses in forensic assessments; Describe major advantages and disadvantages of using diagnoses in these assessments; discuss ways that diagnoses may be helpful to the trier of fact; 

Matthew Faubion, MD
List the 3 most common diagnoses resulting in finding of incompetency to stand trial; List 3 factors to consider in determining foreseeability of trial competency restoration; Describe at least 3 potential settings for trail competency restoration and compare and contrast the treatment modalities amongst these settings.

Melissa Shearer, J.D.
Identify the components of a public defender's ethical duty to provide zealous representation; Distinguish the distinct roles played by the defender and the expert witness; Discuss perspectives of public defenders and experts on the best practices for developing and maintaining productive working relations

The Honorable Leon Grizzard, J.D.
Describe the key elements of Daubert challenges; Identify effective methods of presenting expert reports and testimony; Identify methods or practices that detract from expert reports and testimony.

Jennifer Rocket, PhD
Discuss the role of assessing developmental maturity and sophistication when providing opinions on the rational capacity of youth undergoing fitness to proceed evaluations; Discuss methods for assessing developmental maturity, sophistication, and decisional capacity in the context of fitness to proceed evaluations; Describe the role of diagnoses in the context of fitness to proceed evaluations


Continuing Medical Education:

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Texas Medical Association (TMA) through the joint providership of The Texas Department of State Health Services, Continuing Education Service and Capacity FOR JUSTICE. The Texas Department of State Health Services, Continuing Education Service is accredited by TMA to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Texas Department of State Health Services, Continuing Education Service designates this live activity for a maximum of 8.00 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This course has been designated by The Texas Department of State Health Services, Continuing Education Service for 8.00 credits of education in medical ethics and/or professional responsibility.

Licensed Psychologists:

The Texas Department of State Health Services, Continuing Education Service is approved as a provider of professional development hours for licensed psychologists, per the Texas Administrative Code Rule ยง463.35 (f)(1). The Texas Department of State Health Services, Continuing Education Service has awarded 8.00 professional development hours and 8.00 hours in professional ethics.

Social Workers:

The Texas Department of State Health Services, Continuing Education Service, the continuing education provider, ensures that the education provided is directly related to the practice of social work; and that the individuals presenting the information have the necessary experience and knowledge in the topics presented. The Texas Department of State Health Services, Continuing Education Service has awarded 8.00 hours of credit and 7.75 hours in professional ethics.

Certificate of Attendance:

The Texas Department of State Health Services, Continuing Education Service has designated 8.00 hours for attendance.

Attorneys:

Ethics of Forensic Practice Summer 2022, course # 174136881, has been approved for 8.00 hours of credit, including 2 in legal ethics.


Successful completion of the continuing education event requires that you:

  • Complete registration and sign in
  • Attend the entire event
  • Participate in education activities, and
  • Complete the participant evaluation


REGISTER HERE


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Capacity FOR JUSTICE

    Since its inception in 1995, Capacity FOR JUSTICE (C4J) members have been keenly interested in the more objective outcome from the use of psycho-legal elements in juvenile and criminal forensic evaluations used to determine competency and sanity. (“Capacity” is for mental capacity and “ FOR JUSTICE” is looking toward a fair trial and/or appeal.) Members have made important contributions through research projects across the state by examining the quality of court ordered evaluations for juveniles and defendants.

    Capacity FOR JUSTICE fulfills projects addressing pre & post-adjudication for respondents and defendants with mental illness, intellectual disabilities, or concurrent mental and substance use disorders. Focusing on taking the guesswork out of opinions, C4J conducts research, training, & compiles a registry of professionals whose credentials are consistent with the Texas Code of Criminal Procedures (TCCP) 46B Incompetency to Stand Trial and TCCP 46C Insanity defense.

    Trainings
    New expert qualifications and standardized procedures in TCCP46B and TCCP46C support more consistency and equal protection in mental health expert reports and testimony. Specialized training is a way to become eligible for appointment as an expert witness offering juvenile and criminal forensic testimony in Texas Courts. To assist in providing necessary credit hours for qualified professionals and their support staff, C4J offers courses several times per year on mental health professional reliability and coordination of legal and mental health professional roles in judicial procedures involving mental health issues. View our Upcoming Events, including on-demand webinars, to see what training opportunities are on the horizon. 

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