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What does the General Practitioner Need to Know about Forensic Psychiatry?
Asynchronous Materials
Learners are asked to view and complete the Asynchronous Modules prior to attending the Live Session for this course.

This course is designed to address what psychiatrists in general practice need to know in order to engage effectively with the legal system. Through case presentations, interactive roleplay sessions, and didactics, the participants will learn the core practical skill and knowledge needed to better interact with the courts in these matters. The topics addressed will include Treatment Over Objection, hospital retention, report writing and testifying in court


3 hours of asynchronous video lecture and 1 hour of live instruction.

Live Session: June 5th, 2024 from 6:00-7:00 PM EST.

Attendance during the live session is required to claim credit.

Learning Objectives

  • Provide effective testimony in court as a treating psychiatrist and understand subpoenas, depositions, and witness qualifications
  • Objective Two: Perform accurate forensic-related assessments that arise in general practice (Treatment Over Objection, hospital retention, AOT/IOC)
  • Write effective reports for court submission and improve clinical documentation
  • Improve skill in dealing with forensic-related issues that occur in general practice, including “dangerousness” assessments, duty to warn/protect, and ethical issues that arise in practice

Target Audience

Medical Students, Residents/Fellows, Psychiatrists, other mental health professionals

Estimate Time to Complete

Estimated Duration: 4 hours
Program Start Date: May 22, 2024
Program End Date: August 2, 2024

Attendees will have an opportunity to participate in Q&A*.

*Live session on 6/5/2024.

How to Earn Credit

After evaluating the program, participants will be provided with an opportunity to claim hours of participation and print an official CME certificate (physicians) or certificate of participation (non-physicians) showing the event date and hours earned.

Continuing Education Credit

The American Psychiatric Association (APA) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The APA designates this enduring CME activity for a maximum of 4.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Faculty and Planner Disclosures

The American Psychiatric Association adheres to the ACCME’s Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Medical Education. Any individuals in a position to control the content of a CME activity — including faculty, planners, reviewers or others — are required to disclose all relevant financial relationships with ineligible entities (commercial interests). All relevant conflicts of interest have been mitigated prior to the commencement of the activity.


  • George Annas, MD.
  • Jennifer Piel, MD.
  • Tobias Wasser, MD. 


  • George Annas, MD.
  • Jennifer Piel, MD. 
  • Tobias Wasser, MD. 
  • Vishal Madaan, MD.

Accessibility for Participants with Disabilities

The American Psychiatric Association is committed to ensuring accessibility of its website to people with disabilities. Please contact the American Psychiatric Association at 202-559-3900, if you require assistance seven (7) business days prior to the start of a live webinar.

Technical Requirements

This internet-based CME activity is best experienced using any of the following:

  • The latest and 2nd latest public versions of Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or Safari
  • Internet Explorer 11+

This Web site requires that JavaScript and session cookies be enabled. Certain activities may require additional software to view multimedia, presentation, or printable versions of the content. These activities will be marked as such and will provide links to the required software. That software may be: Adobe Acrobat Reader, Microsoft PowerPoint, and Windows Media Player.

Optimal System Configuration:

  • Browser: Google Chrome (latest and 2nd latest version), Safari (latest and 2nd latest version), Internet Explorer 11.0+, Firefox (latest and 2nd latest version), or Microsoft Edge (latest and 2nd latest version)
  • Operating System: Windows versions 8.1+, Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard) +, Android (latest and 2nd latest version), or iOS/iPad OS (latest and 2nd latest version)
  • Internet Connection: 1 Mbps or higher

Minimum Requirements:

  • Windows PC: Windows 8.1 or higher; 1 GB (for 32-bit)/2 GB (for 64-bit) or higher RAM; Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM driver; audio playback with speakers for programs with video content
  • Macintosh: Mac OS X 10.5 or higher with latest updates installed; Intel, PowerPC G5, or PowerPC G4 (867MHz or faster) processor; 512 MB or higher RAM; audio playback with speakers for programs with video content

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Availability: No future session
Expires on 08/02/2024
Cost: $190.00
Credit Offered:
4 CME Credits
4 COP Credits
Contains: 3 Courses
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