Psychological Evaluation in a Forensic Hospital (6 CE’s)

Presented by Megan Shaal, Psy.D.

May 6th, 2021
8:30 am – 5:00 pm

Instructional Level

Introductory — Designed for psychologists who may have little to no background in a specialized skill or content area. The learner can become acquainted with the theoretical underpinnings, principles, methods, and perspectives of a content area. Although it can be used as a foundation for more advanced learning, a program may simply focus on breadth, enrichment or general knowledge.

Course Description and Target Audience

The presentation will discuss the various capacities, tasks, and duties of a psychologist working in a maximum security forensic hospital. The presenter’s journey within the field of forensic psychology will be discussed. The differences between clinical and forensic psychology will be highlighted. The history of Logansport State Hospital, including the context of deinstitutionalization, will be reviewed. The presenter will then discuss the role of the Department of Psychology within the hospital, including assessment, treatment, management of risk, supervision, consultation, and administrative work. Finally, if time allows, self-care/burnout will be discussed, as well as what it’s been like to prevent/mitigate COVID-19 in a forensic hospital.

The target audience is mental health providers (advanced doctoral level psychology trainees, psychologists in practice, master’s level clinicians etc). There are no known risks to this presentation.

Learning Objectives

  • Attendees will be able to discuss the history of Logansport State Hospital.
  • Attendees will be able to describe the role of psychologists in a forensic hospital.
  • Attendees will be able to identify the most common reasons for referral for psychological testing in a forensic hospital setting.
  • Attendees will be able to identify at least three forensic assessment instruments.
  • Attendees will be able to describe several interventions used in a hospital setting.
  • Attendees will be able to identify patient/client and personal contributions to resistence in treatment.

Presenter Information

Megan Shaal, Psy.D., is a supervisor of psychology staff within a maximum security forensic inpatient hospital program. She has over 15 years of experience working in forensic settings, including forensic hospitals, state and federal corrections, and outpatient forensic clinics. She also has over 20 years of experience working in the mental health field.


Location and Costs

$100.00 – Regular Registration Fee (no affiliation with NPTC or member sites)
$75.00 – Consortium Affiliate (staff of member site and not currently providing supervision)
No Charge – NPTC Director or Supervisor (provided supervision in the past year or is about to provide supervision)

*Credit card charges are subject to an additional fee.
** Group rates may be available; contact Katherine Dixon to request consideration.
***Refund/Cancellation: Please give 24-hour notice to receive a full refund of the CE cost.

This presentation will be offered via Zoom.

*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.