Forensic Psychological Evaluations: Considerations for Criminal and Civil Attorneys

Production Date: May 21, 2015 Practice Areas: Litigation Estimated Length: 5427 minutes


$ 89 Litigation In Stock

This course focuses on a primary area of forensic psychology practice: forensic mental health assessment (FMHA). FMHA  refers to the process mental health professionals engage in when conducting evaluations for the courts or for attorneys who have retained them. Forensic psychologists are not simply clinical psychologists practicing in the legal arena, and forensic evaluations are not just psychological evaluations for legal cases. Rather, forensic practitioners have specialized training and conduct evaluations in a manner distinct from traditional psychological assessments. 


This course is provided by Daniel Agatino, Ph.D., Esq., a New Jersey-based criminal defense and entertainment/copyright law attorney, and Gianni Pirelli, Ph.D., a licensed psychologist who maintains a private forensic psychology practice in New Jersey. They address the distinctions between the forensic and therapeutic roles of mental health professionals, and highlight the significant differences in how forensic psychologists approach and conduct evaluations as compared to clinical psychologists, psychiatrists, and psychotherapists. In addition, the instructors provide an overview of the types of criminal and civil psychological evaluations typically conducted by forensic psychologists, including but not limited to:


I.   Criminal

a.   Criminal Competencies

b.   Criminal Responsibility (e.g., Diminished Capacity, Insanity)

c.   Sentencing Mitigation


II.   Civil

a.   Civil Commitment

b.   Civil Competencies

c.    Personal Injury

d.    Workers’ Compensation and Employment Discrimination

e.    Fitness for Duty

f.     Firearm Evaluations

g.    Immigration

h.    Domestic and Family Matters


Learning Objectives:

I.    Recognize the distinction between the roles of psychologists, psychiatrists, and therapists in criminal and civil matters 

II.   Appreciate Forensic Mental Health Assessments (FMHAs): what they are, when to use them, and how they are conducted

III.  Grasp the different types of forensic psychological assessment approaches 

IV.  Identify the psychiatric disorders typically seen in criminal and civil cases

V.  Understand the considerations relevant to the direct and cross-examination of psychological and psychiatric experts


cassidy m.
Boulder, CO

the conversation presentation format is, in general, more engaging than the typical lecture format

Chris R.
Las Vegas, NV

Cross-discipline courses are always appreciated

Gerard S.
North Collins, NY

Great course.

Chris C.
Morgantown, WV

Informative and interesting. Outstanding in every way.

Linda R.
Roslyn Heights, NY

Very informative and up to date.

William D.
Denver, CO

Very well presented and informative.

John W.
Westminster, CO


Jean W.
Boulder, CO

Good presentation.

Gregory C.
Broomfield, CO

It was good.

Karla C.
Denver, CO

Good speakers; worked well together.

Dennis J.
Denver, CO

great presentation

Rita Q.
Denver, CO

Great seminar. Best one so far.

Hugh A. P.
Fort Worth, TX

Very helpful and interesting

Leta B.
Lone Tree, CO

I was impressed the speaker was sensitive to labeling people and displayed the wisdom of actually seeing people rather than just labels.

Margaret L.
Chicago, IL

This was right on for one of my current courses. Thanks!

Erich S.
Aspen, CO


James M.
Broomfield, CO

Presenters were stellar. One of the best programs thus far.

Clara K.
New York, NY

Fantastic course. Very good presentation.

Clute, TX

Wonderfully done!

Peter C.
Anchorage, AK

Mr. Ferrelli came across very down to earth and real when he spoke about his role within the legal process. very interesting.

Yancey P.
Chicago, IL

Fantastic job on this topic.

Jeffrey P. R.
White Plains, NY

Good substance, but came across as a marketing piece.

Sally S.
Elmhurst, IL

very good

elizabeth v.
Crystal Lake, IL

Excellent presentation and highly relevant to my practice.

William W.
Alexandria, VA

very interesting subject on something i have little involvement - good to learn new things!

Rodrick W.
Chicago, IL

This seminar started me to seriously consider using a forensic psychologist in some of my PI cases where there are PTSD type injuries. It was very informative.