Psychological Evaluation in an Inpatient Forensic Hospital (6 CE’s)

Presented by Robert E. Connell, Psy. D

May 3rd,  8:30 am – 5:00 pm

Instructional Level


Course Description and Target Audience

The presentation will begin with a review of the history of Logansport State Hospital, from its beginning to the present time. The presenter will then discuss the role of the Department of Psychology within the hospital. A discussion of the types of assessments will follow, with particular attention to the following: risk assessment, assessment for malingering, and assessment of competency to stand trial. Examples of tests and reports will be discussed. A tour of the hospital and discussion on other topics related to psychological services in a forensic hospital will be offered as time allows. The predictive validity of the measures to be discussed is good. For example, most of the risk assessment measures discussed have moderate predictive validity. There are limitations, as with any instrument. The role of these measures as part of an overall assessment will be discussed.

The target audience is mental health providers (advanced doctoral level psychology trainees, psychologists in practice, master’s level clinicians etc).

Learning Objectives

  • Summarize the history of Logansport State Hospital
  • Describe the role of psychologists in a forensic hospital
  • Explain the most common reasons for referral for psychological testing in a forensic hospital setting
  • Identify at least three forensic assessment instruments
  • As time allows, describe several interventions used in a hospital setting

Presenter Information

Robert E. Connell, Psy.D., is the Psychology Director at Logansport State Hospital. He has over 20 years of experience in the assessment of psychiatric patients. For the past 10 years his assessment experience has included inpatient forensic settings.

*National Psychology Training Consortium (NPTC) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. NPTC maintains responsibility for this program and its content.