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Upcoming events

    • 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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    • 31 Dec 2017
    • On-demand Webinar

    ON-DEMAND WEBINAR:
    This webinar can be taken at any time. The date associated with this event is only for administrative purposes. 

    Forensic Evaluation 2015
    on-demand webinaR

    8 hours of professional development for psychologists


    Chapter One
    Overview from Arrest to Courtroom (1.25 hours)
    Phillip Lyons, JD, PhD

    Chapter Two
    Incompetency to Stand Trial Under Texas Law (1.25 hours)
    Phillip Lyons, JD, PhD 

    Chapter Three
    Legal, Clinical & Ethical Aspects of CST Evals (1.5 hours)
    Billy James, PhD and Matthew Faubion, MD 

    Chapter Four
    Insanity & Criminal Responsibility Under Texas Law (1.25 hours) Phillip Lyons, JD, PhD

    Chapter Five
    Legal, Clinical & Ethical Aspects of Insanity Evals(1.25 hours) Matthew Faubion, MD and Gianina Gomez, MD

    Chapter Six
    Texas Forensic Mental Health System (1.5 hours)
    Matthew Faubion, MD, Gianina Gomez, MD, and Billy James, PhD

    Pricing

    Full - $200

    DSHS employees: If you are a DSHS employee, you are eligible to receive a discounted rate. Please email Lauren Witt at tpa_lwitt@att.net from your official DSHS email address to receive more information, including the discount code. 

    Brief workshop description:

    Overview from Arrest to Courtroom

    Psychologist and attorney Phillip M. Lyons, Jr., J.D., Ph.D., provides an overview of the process from arrest to courtroom. He will define legal, clinical and ethical responsibilities and events at each stage of the criminal process to include a timeline of the criminal process, the stages in prosecution of criminal charges, and an overview of the state court system.

    Incompetency to Stand Trial Under Texas

    Psychologist and attorney Phillip M. Lyons, Jr., J.D., Ph.D., provides an overview of the history behind competency (and incompetency) to stand trial under Texas law. Participants will be able to recognize and apply Texas law as it relates to competency to stand trial in a Texas criminal proceeding. Additionally, Texas law and Code of Criminal Procedure (46B) as applied to legal, clinical and ethical issues, along with implications for this issue will be discussed.

    Legal, Clinical, & Ethical Aspects of Competency to Stand Trial Evaluations
    Psychologist Billy James, Ph.D., and psychiatrist Matthew Faubion, M.D., describe the legal, clinical, and ethical aspects in conducting competency to stand trial evaluations. Drs. James and Faubion will provide historical perspective in reviewing case studies such as Dusky v. United States. There will be a highlight of the Code of Criminal Procedure (4B) procedures and practices and an overview of what conducting this 46B evaluation entails. Special issues and case examples will be discussed.  

    Insanity & Criminal Responsibility Under Texas Law Psychologist and attorney Phillip M. Lyons, Jr., J.D., Ph.D., dives into the Code of Criminal Procedure (46C) Insanity Defense standards and procedures, as well as those of other mental incapacities. Dr. Lyons will provide a brief overview of the topic history, Texas case law related to insanity, related Texas Statutes and procedures including, but not limited to, TCCP 46C, and conclusions.

    Clinical & Ethical Aspects of Insanity Evaluations Psychiatrists Matthew Faubion, M.D., and Gianina Gomez, M.D., will identify Code of Criminal Procedure (46C) processes and practices, and they will discuss key legal, clinical, and ethical issues in insanity evaluations. During this presentation, Drs. Faubion and Gomez will provide legal standards, a review of relevant records, examination of defendants, collateral interviews and formulating opinions based off of this information.

    Texas Forensic Mental Health System
    Psychiatrists Matthew Faubion, M.D., Gianina Gomez, M.D., and psychologist Billy James, Ph.D., describe three current issues impacting the delivery of forensic mental health services in Texas. “Manifest dangerousness” is defined and unpacked in how it applies to individual patients and their movement to various settings along continuum of forensic care in Texas. This presentation includes an overview of service availability, fiscal constraints, standards of professional service, legal definitions, Dangerousness Review Board, transitional settings and services available, as well as case studies. 

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    • 31 Dec 2017
    • On-demand Webinar

    ON-DEMAND WEBINAR: 
    This webinar can be taken at any time. The date associated with this event is only for administrative purposes. 

    Contemporary Issues in Forensic Evaluations
    on-demand webinaR

    8 hours of professional development for Psychologists


    Chapter One

    Ethical Issues in Juvenile Forensic Evaluations
    Stephen A. Thorne, PhD

    Chapter Two

    Insanity and Beyond
    Maureen Burrows, MD, MPH

    Chapter Three

    Legal Requirements & Practicalities for Expert Testimony – Federal and State
    J. Ray Hays, PhD

    Chapter Four

    Ethical Concerns: Intellectual Disability
    Ollie J. Seay, PhD

    Pricing

    Full - $200

    DSHS employees: If you are a DSHS employee, you are eligible to receive a discounted rate. Please email Lauren Witt at tpa_lwitt@att.net from your official DSHS email address to receive more information, including the discount code.

    Brief workshop description:

    Ethical Issues in Juvenile Forensic Evaluations 
    Psychologist Stephen Thorne, Ph.D., provides an overview of issues that should be considered in the forensic evaluation of juveniles.  He identifies resources for ethical guidelines for conducting these evaluations and provides a review of relevant Texas law.  He further describes way in which juvenile forensic evaluations differ from adult forensic evaluations through presentation of research findings.

    Insanity and Beyond
    Maureen Burrows, M.D., M.P.H., is a psychiatrist who performs sanity evaluations.  She reviews historical origins of the insanity plea, the Texas definition of insanity, and element of the sanity evaluation.  She then discusses diagnoses commonly associated with insanity pleas, report writing, and treatment following an insanity ruling. 

    Legal Requirements & Practicalities for Expert Testimony – Federal and State
    Psychologist and attorney J. Ray Hays, Ph.D., J.D., provides an overview on how to identify federal rules on expert testimony. This course will include a study of case law (Frye, Daubert, Joiner, Kumho), reviewing Federal Rules, and an overview of the ways expert testimony is judged. Additionally, state requirements and practicalities will be discussed with an explanation of the laws in Texas relating to insanity, competency, and expert testimony. Incompetent vs. Insane, expectations of lawyers, and requirements to testify topics will be discussed.

    Ethical Concerns: Intellectual Disability
    Ollie J. Seay, Ph.D., is a psychologist who performs forensic evaluations of persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  In her presentation, she outlines the vulnerabilities of and fact about  individuals with intellectual disabilities within the criminal justice system.  She reviews the elements required for the diagnosis of intellectual disability, and discusses the difficulties encountered by individuals with intellectual disability during various stages from arrest to incarceration. 

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