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MacCAT-CA On Demand Training

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CE Credits: 2.5 Credits
Length: 2.5 Hours
Level: Introductory
Training Style: Video
Category: Sexual Offending
Intended Audience: Mental Health, Correctional, and Legal Professionals

Training Description
In criminal justice systems across the globe, defendants are required to be competent to proceed throughout the legal process, displaying a rational and factual understanding of the proceedings as well as the capacity to consult with counsel with a reasonable degree of rational comprehension. The leading evidence-based instrument for the evaluation of competence to proceed is the MacArthur Competence Assessment Tool-Criminal Adjudication in Criminal Competence Evaluations (MacCAT-CA). Peer-reviewed research conducted internationally has established that the MacCAT-CA provides accurate and reliable competency evaluations. In this workshop, attendees will review the foundations of competence to proceed and compare instruments designed to assess it. Seminal research on the MacCAT-CA will be described, and comprehensive instructions will be given on how to administer the tool in practice as well as how to interpret its findings.
Officially authorized by the MacCAT-CA’s publisher and presented by a leading trainer, this workshop is eligible for 2.5 hours of valuable Continuing Education Credit. Attendees should have access to the MacCAT-CA Professional Manual purchasable through the instrument’s publisher, Psychological Assessment Resources, Inc. For details, visit:
More cost-effective and time-efficient than attending an in-person workshop but covering the same content, this innovative On Demand training is the first-of-its-kind.
Trainer Biography
Randy Otto, PhD, is the former President of the American Psychology-Law Society, the American Board of Forensic Psychology, the American Academy of Forensic Psychology, and the American Board of Professional Psychology. Currently a faculty member at the University of South Florida, he has chaired the Committee to Revise the Specialty Guidelines for Forensic Psychology and served on the interdisciplinary committee that revised the American Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Mental Health Standards. Dr. Otto’s research, writing, and practice focus on forensic psychological assessment. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (Division 41) and has received awards for his work from the Society for Personality Assessment, the University of California San Francisco, the American Academy of Forensic Psychology, and the New York State Psychological Association.
Learning Objectives
This training is designed to help you:
  • Review competence to proceed and the foundations of its evaluation
  • Examine seminal research findings on the MacCAT-CA
  • Describe the administration procedure of the MacCAT-CA

1 Sponsorship: The Global Institute of Forensic Research, Inc is approved by the American Psychological Association, National Board of Certified Counselors, National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors, and Canadian Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education trainings. The American Nurses Credentialing Center accepts Continuing Education Credit sponsored by the American Psychological Association. Th­e Global Institute of Forensic Research, Inc (provider #1371) is also approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. ASWB Approval Period: June 8, 2019 – June 8, 2022. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. ­The Global Institute of Forensic Research, Inc maintains responsibility for this program and its contents.
2 Refund/Cancellation Policy: If you wish to request a refund on account of technical difficulties, please contact [email protected].
3 Commercial Supports: The Global Institute of Forensic Research, Inc reports no conflicts of interest in the development and sponsorship of this training. The Global Institute of Forensic Research, Inc receives no commercial support for its Continuing Education programs or from its presenters.

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