Atkins Evaluations: Procedures, Psychometrics, and Recommendations
Mark Cunningham, PhD, ABPP presents a live virtual professional training program on Atkins Evaluations: Procedures, Psychometrics, and Recommendations in partnership with the American Academy of Forensic Psychology (AAFP).
Atkins assessments are the only psycholegal issue where the diagnosis is dispositive. The associated diagnostic findings are a matter of life and death. Psychometric and assessment sophistication in conducting and interpreting the evaluation are essential.
This all-level workshop is directed toward fostering these skills. Instruction will include case law, evolutions in diagnostic criteria, primary evaluation elements, psychometric considerations, effort testing, nature and assessment of adaptive skill deficits, etiology and onset, and presentation of findings in reports and testimony. These will be illustrated with case examples.
The workshop is intended for forensic psychologists conducting or contemplating Atkins assessments. Other interested audiences include forensic psychologists, more broadly; forensic psychiatrists and fellows; clinical and forensic psychology graduate students, interns, and fellows; attorneys representing capital defendants or special populations; and social workers conducting mitigation and sentencing evaluations.