Capacity FOR JUSTICE

Being an Ethical Forensic Expert

  • 18 Oct 2017
  • 20 Oct 2017
  • Thompson Conference Center, 2405 Robert Dedman Drive, Austin TX, 78712

"Being an Ethical Forensic Expert"

October 18-20, 2017

8:00 AM - 5:30 PM

Thompson Conference Center

2405 Robert Dedman Dr., Austin, TX 78712 

Program Purpose: to provide specialized training to psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers and attorneys, who are specifically named in state statutes, so that they may work collaboratively while serving as expert witnesses in criminal and juvenile forensic cases involving competency to stand trial, the insanity defense, fitness to proceed or lack of responsibility for conduct, and to assist those other professionals who are or may also be involved in these processes to improve their skills and knowledge.

Upon completion of this event, participants should be able to delineate the following objectives: 

  1. Describe three ethical issues in conducting bilingual (English/Spanish) forensic evaluations
  2. Identify essentials of effective testimony
  3. List three criteria for the diagnosis of intellectual disability
  4. List six factors and ethical issues to consider in evaluating individuals with intellectual disabilities for forensic issues
  5. Describe the three domains assessed to determine adaptive functioning
  6. Determine appropriate methods of assessing adaptive behavior for forensic purposes
  7. Identify three methods of detecting malingering in forensic populations
  8. Describe the types of settings and functions used in Texas for assessment and treatment of forensic populations
  9. Describe three key factors to consider in conducting sanity evaluations
  10. Identify methods for assessing sanity and report findings
  11. Describe programs that provide services to persons found not guilty by reason of insanity in Texas
  12. Choose appropriate methods for evaluating competence to stand trial with various populations
  13. Describe best practices in conducting a sanity evaluation
  14. Utilize best practice techniques to perform competency evaluations
  15. Identify essential elements of good reports
  16. Describe the process for conducting a juvenile fitness to proceed evaluation
  17. Describe the process for conducting a juvenile lack of responsibility for conduct evaluation
  18. Discuss key laws in Texas relating to insanity, competency, and expert testimony
  19. Apply federal rules and key case law decisions in providing expert testimony testimony in federal cases
  20. Identify key features of providing expert testimony
  21. Identify essentials of effective testimony

PARKING:  Attendees may park in Lot 40 (enter on Red River St). A parking map can be found at the TCC website. There are a limited number of spaces  available (241). Parking in an area that requires a UT Permit will result in a Ticket. TCC is not responsible for Tickets that are issued while attending an event at TCC.


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