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Academic Catalog 2016-2017 
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PSY-588 Asmt- Forensic Evaluation in Criminal Settings

0.5 semester credits

This lab focuses on the practical aspects of conducting and reporting on a forensic psychological evaluation in criminal settings. Students must have a basic working knowledge of clinical interviewing and minimally to have completed PALS on WAIS and MMPI. We will examine the various legal issues that a criminal forensic psychologist may be asked to consider, including various competencies (trial, sentence, Miranda waiver), the capacity of a minor to be tried as an adult, criminal responsibility (insanity, extreme emotional disturbance, diminished capacity), criminal intent, suggestibility/coercion, false confessions, sentencing issues, capital mitigation, and dangerousness. A model for conducting forensic psychological exams will be provided, and the use of defendant and collateral interviews, psychological tests, reviewing records and discovery will be presented. Practical issues relating to the determination of malingering will be reviewed, and special problems associated with unusual diagnoses will be considered. The preparation of psychological reports in a criminal setting will be reviewed, and a sample report presented for discussion.
Pre-requisites: PSY-710B , PSY-710C  
Delivery Method: In person
Grading Default: Credit/No Credit Only
Learning Objective(s):  

1. Familiar with various types of legal competency in criminal cases and understand the role of psychologists in assessing competency.

2. Able to distinguish between competency and​ criminal responsibility.​

3. Understands the role of psychologists in assessing criminal responsibility.

4. Familiar with common methods for assessing malingering in criminal evaluations.

5. Understands best practices in conducting forensic assessments in criminal cases.

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