Capacity FOR JUSTICE

Events/Education

    • 28 Sep 2018
    • 29 Sep 2018
    • The Woodlands Center, Sam Houston State University, 3380 College Park Drive, The Woodlands, Texas, 77384

    "Advanced Workshop on Ethics and Challenges in Forensic Evaluation"

    September 28-29, 2018

    8:00 AM - 5:30 PM

    The Woodlands Center

    Sam Houston State University

    3380 College Park Drive, The Woodlands, Texas 77384

    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. Discuss (3) ethical concerns attorneys and experts should consider when working together
    2. Describe (3) practices experts use in working effectively with attorneys
    3. Describe (3) practices attorneys use in working effectively with experts
    4. Determine strategies for making effective decisions in challenging forensic evaluations
    5. Discuss advantages and disadvantages of potential choices in forensic evaluations
    6. Apply skills for making ethical choices in resolving challenging issues in forensic evaluation
    7. Identify potential resources to use in resolving ethical dilemmas 
    8. Discuss pros and cons of choices in forensic evaluation
    9. Identify ethical choices in resolving challenging issues in forensic evaluation
    10. Identify techniques for conducting effective interviews 
    11. Describe the impact of various cultural factors on forensic evaluation
    12. Discuss pros and cons of experts interviewing witnesses and victims
    13. Identify potential problems in working with defendants with physical disabilities
    14. List (3) ways to improve expert testimony
    15. Identify relevant laws related to expert testimony 
    16. Discuss the roles and responsibilities of forensic experts 
    17. Identify key points to consider in retrospective competency evaluation 
    18. Discuss legal and clinical issues involved in reevaluation of competency after restoration 
    19. Describe legal and clinical concerns about evaluating competency at various points in the forensic process 
    20. Identify problems in working with defendants with intellectual and developmental disabilities Determine information to be included in competency vs. sanity reports
    21. Discuss the responsibilities of forensic experts in working with attorneys


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      • 31 Dec 2018
      • 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 2018
      • 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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