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Assessing Decision Making Capacity: Clinical, Ethical, and Legal Applications
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This full day workshop will focus on increasingly common areas of capacity assessment for those who work with older adults in independent practice, long term care and other settings.

When: Friday, November 2, 2018
8:30 AM
Where: New England Association Services
2400 Post Road
Warwick, Rhode Island  02886
United States
Contact: Jack Hutson

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This full day introductory workshop will focus on increasingly common areas of capacity assessment that the Behavioral Health provider may be called upon to complete in the clinical setting.  Initially, the clinical and legal historical perspective of capacity will be reviewed. Using this historical perspective, capacity assessment frameworks will be discussed, including how to map the clinical assessment onto the legal framework.  The Behavioral Health provider will learn step by step instructions on how to conduct an assessment of decision making capacity, and be introduced to resources for future reference.  Specific tools used to evaluate different capacities will be addressed.  Reviewing the paperwork necessary for the state of Rhode Island and legal procedures will also be emphasized.  Presentations of cases will be described across settings (independent practice, outpatient, inpatient, and home-based primary care).

Jessica V. Strong, PhD is a licensed clinical geropsychologist and Advanced Fellow in Geriatrics at the New England GRECC.  She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Louisville, specializing in Aging and Neuropsychology.  Dr. Strong completed her clinical internship and clinical post-doctoral fellowship at the Boston VA Healthcare System.  She holds two Bachelor's degrees with majors in Psychology, German, and Music Performance.  Dr. Strong's research focuses broadly on music and cognitive change, and music as an intervention in late life.  She is also engaged in research related to education and training in capacity evaluation and cognitive testing.

Patricia Bamonti, PhD., is a licensed clinical psychologist specialized in geriatric mental health. She works as a staff psychologist in the Geriatric Mental Health Outpatient clinic at Boston VA Healthcare System (VABHS) and is an instructor in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Bamonti earned her doctorate from West Virginia University and completed pre-and postdoctoral training at the Milwaukee VAMC.  She provides individual and group psychotherapy and serves as a major supervisor within the Geropsychology training program. She co-founded the capacity training clinic, along with Dr. Strong, in 2017 at VABHS. Dr. Bamonti’s research focuses on older adults’ coping with chronic illness and physical disability, suicide prevention, and behavioral interventions for insomnia.

(6 CE Credits)
At the conclusion of the workshop, participants:

1. Explain differences between clinical and legal terms for capacity. 
2. Discuss two unique assessment frameworks for different types of capacity questions (e.g., independent living vs. treatment consent).
3. Assess ethical conflicts that may arise in evaluating decision-making capacity. 
4. Apply at least four important steps to take when preparing for and conducing a capacity evaluation.
5. Compile two resources to assist in completing capacity evaluations.

• Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. • Workshop begins promptly at 8:30 a.m. • Workshop concludes at 4:00 p.m.

• For RIPA members the fee is $109. • For non-members the fee is $169. • For student members the fee is $65. • For student non-members the fee is $89.

Lunch Option: A bag lunch will be available for an additional charge of $15.00.  The lunch will include a sandwich, fruit, chips, dessert, and beverage. Choose this option on the Registration Form.  (Available for registration prior to October 28, 2018)


• A handling fee of $30 is deducted for cancellation prior to Friday, October 26, 2018. No refund will be made thereafter.
• Fee includes refreshment breaks.
• Participants arriving late or departing early will not receive credit or documentation of attendance.
• No partial credit provided. • Please submit any special needs requirements to the RIPA CPE Committee, 401-732-2400.
• Written grievances about the workshop may be addressed to the RIPA CPE Committee. • For more information about the workshop, please call the RIPA CPE Committee at 401-732-2400.

CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS: For Psychologists: The Continuing Professional Education Committee of the Rhode Island Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Continuing Professional Education Committee maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Participants earn 6 credits for this program. For Social Workers and Mental Health Counselors: Applications for continuing education credits have been mailed to specific regulatory boards for approval for this workshop. Participants earn 6 credits for this program. For Other Disciplines: Call the RIPA office at 401-732-2400.