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  • November 06, 2020
  • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • via Zoom webinar


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Webinar Description

Forensic psychology is an important part of the legal justice system that ensures fair and just treatment for mentally-ill individuals involved with the legal system.  This two-part event will feature nationally-recognized forensic psychologist Robin Belcher-Timme, who will address the principles of psychological assessment for civil commitment and competency assessment for legal proceedings.  The second part of the training will comprise a panel of experts in legal and psychological assessment from multiple perspectives: attorneys, a judge, and an experienced local forensic psychologist. These presenters will speak in a panel format on the Idaho legal system expectations and reflections on a wealth of professional experiences to help Idaho psychologists understand how to get involved in forensic examination and court proceedings.



Principles of Forensic Evaluation in Idaho - Presented by Dr. Robin Belcher-Timme 

Like many jurisdictions across the country, the demand for forensic evaluations in Idaho outpace the supply of qualified evaluators. This workshop provides a basic overview of forensic evaluation methodology, such that practicing psychologists are introduced to assessment of competency to stand trial in a criminal proceeding along with the process for involuntary civil detention. Participants will leave with basic knowledge of psycho-legal principles for each type of evaluation, along with resources and recommendations for further study.


Local Perspectives in Competency Evaluation & Civil Commitment Evaluation - Panel presentation by Judge John Mitchell, Dr. Craig Beaver, Lisa Sheckler, Esq., and Aaron Bazzoli, Esq.

Mental Health Competency Evaluations and Commitments for Restoration of Competency from the Judicial System’s Perspective (including the perspective of the attorneys) - Hon. John T. Mitchell

This presentation will focus on 
Idaho Code 18-210 (can’t proceed with most criminal hearings if the defendant lacks capacity) and 18-211 (evaluating capacity and court’s ability to order restoration hospitalization/treatment under Idaho Code 66-402(9)), and determining fitness to proceed by the court under 18-212.  Judge Mitchell will discuss how the attorney’s and the criminal defendant’s wishes play into competency.  Areas where competency determinations may be improved will be covered, too.  

Neuropsychological Overview of Competence to Proceed in Idaho - Craig Beaver, PhD

This presentation is focused on understanding issues related to criminal defendants' competency to proceed in Idaho courts.  It will provide an understanding of Idaho Code 18-211 which sets forth the requirements for competency evaluations.  Further, it will provide an overview of commonly-used assessment tools in assessing competency to proceed.  Finally, it will provide an overview of assessment considerations with defendants that have special needs or other related disabilities that potentially could interfere with their competence.

The Roles & Duties of a Psychologist in Court Proceeding
 - Lisa Sheckler, Esq.

A Prosecutor's Prospective Court hearings involving mental health issues are sealed to protect the privacy of the defendant or patient.   Consequently, learning about these proceedings can be challenging.  This presentation will provide a general overview of the laws governing these practice areas and give an insider’s look as to what happens, who is involved, and describe the role of a psychologist and/or mental health professional. 

Aaron Bazzoil's presentation TBD
A Public Defender's viewpoint of the above. 

About the Speakers

Robin Belcher-Timme, PsyD, ABPP, CCHP-MH, is board-certified in forensic psychology, and specializes in addressing questions before criminal courts across the country. Dr. Timme performs evaluations of competency to stand trial, mental state at the time of an alleged offense, violence risk appraisal, sentencing evaluations, and other questions incorporating psychology and the law. Additionally, Dr. Timme is a Senior Expert with Falcon Correctional and Community Services, Inc., where he provides consultation to justice systems grappling with evolution and reform movements. In that capacity, Dr. Timme assists jurisdictions with reimagining the role of public safety as it relates to public health, aiming to improve justice outcomes and equity for the most marginalized among us. Dr. Timme’s research interests include reducing the reliance on jails for those in behavioral health crises; reducing and eliminating reliance on solitary confinement within jails and prisons; and addressing the impact of toxic stress and trauma on those living and working across the justice system.

Dr. Timme holds master’s degrees in clinical psychology, education, and criminal justice, in addition to a doctoral degree in clinical psychology. He completed his post-doctoral fellowship in forensic psychology at Central State Hospital in Petersburg, Virginia, studying forensic evaluation at the Institute for Law, Psychiatry and Public Policy (ILPPP) at the University of Virginia. Dr. Timme achieved board-certification in forensic psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) and is a Diplomate of the American Academy of Forensic Psychology (AAFP). He is a Certified Correctional Health Professional with a Mental Health specialty (CCHP-MH) through the National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC) and serves on the Executive Committee of the Delaware Psychological Association as Chair of the Ethics Committee.

Dr. Timme lives in southeastern Pennsylvania with his wife and three children.


First Judicial District Judge John T. Mitchell
was born and raised in the Coeur d’Alene area.  After earning his Bachelor’s and Juris Doctor degrees at the University of Idaho, he clerked for Federal U.S. District Court Judges Ray McNichols and Fred M. Taylor, District Judge Fred M. Taylor and U.S. Magistrate Mikel H. Williams.  He was in private practice in Coeur d’Alene for 15 years with Thomas A. Mitchell at Mitchell & Mitchell and was licensed to practice in State of Idaho state courts, Federal Courts and 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.  During that time, he argued several appeals before the State of Idaho Supreme Court and Court of Appeals, and three cases before the United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Appointed to the bench by Governor Kempthorne in 2001, he later won several judicial elections.  In addition to all usual duties and a full district court caseload, Judge Mitchel has volunteered his time as Mental Health Court Judge for Kootenai County and later began a Juvenile Mental Health Docket, meeting weekly to change the conduct of juveniles who have a mental health condition as well as extensive criminal involvement. The juvenile program was later re-named “Family Support Court”  and disbanded in 2017 due to reorganization within Health and Welfare Children’s Mental Health and the lack of funding for a coordinator position.

Most recently, Judge Mitchell served as a board member of the University of Idaho College of Law Advisory Council.  Prior to that, he started ICARE (a Kootenai County child abuse prevention agency) in 1992, and served on its Board of Directors.  He has also served on the Board of Directors for Hospice of North Idaho,  Idaho Volunteer Lawyer’s Program, Lake City Senior Center,  Idaho Legal Aid Services and others and coached several AAU basketball teams. 

He and Linda married in 1985 and have three children. 


Craig Beaver, PhD, ABPP-CN, completed his undergraduate training in psychology at the University of Oregon and his PhD in clinical psychology at Miami University of Ohio, an APA-approved clinical training program.  Dr. Beaver's clinical internship was at the Fort Miley VA Medical Center in San Francisco, an APA-approved clinical internship, in coordination with the UC San Francisco Medical School. 

He completed several years of additional post doctorate supervision with Dr. Lloyd Cripe, Diplomate in Clinical Neuropsychology.  Later, he did his supervision with Dr. David Shapiro and others in Forensic Psychology.

In addition to being licensed as a psychologist, Dr. Beaver holds a Diplomate in Clinical Neuropsychology from the American Board of Professional Psychology/American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology, which recognizes his expertise in brain-behavior relationships.

Dr. Beaver was a Director of Psychological and Neuropsychological Services at Saint Alphonsus Medical Center from 1984 through 1988.  He was Director of Neuropsychological Services at Idaho Elks Rehabilitation Hospital, where he helped design and establish a CARF-accredited outpatient and inpatient brain injury treatment program and helped manage that program for more than 23 years.  Also, he has a private practice providing psychological and neuropsychological assessment and therapy services.  

Dr. Beaver has been qualified to testify in court as an expert witness in many states and federal jurisdictions on brain injury and various traumatic injuries, rehabilitation, psychological issues and mental competency.  Additionally, he has presented at multiple conferences on brain injury, psychological issues and mental health and the law.


Aaron Bazzoli, Chief Public Defender, Canyon County, started practicing law in 1996 in Weiser, Idaho, as a private attorney in a small firm in a small town.  The practice was general law with criminal defense emphasis.   In 1999 he was appointed as the Elmore County Prosecuting Attorney in Mountain Home and was twice elected to that position.  After serving 7 years there, Aaron and his family moved to Canyon County to be closer to family and he started with the Canyon County Prosecutors Office.  In 2009 Mr. Bazzoli jointed Mimura Law Office, which were contracted as public defenders for Canyon County, and served with them until 2014 when Canyon County started an institutional office.  Between 2014 and 2017, Mr. Bazzoli ran his own private firm handling family law and criminal defense cases. In 2017 he was appointed the Chief Public Defender for Canyon County and has served there since.

The office itself handles approximately 240 involuntary mental commitments and extensive practice of representing indigent clients in guardianship, developmental disabled individuals, and those facing criminal charges but are found by the Courts to be incompetent to stand trial. 

Lisa Sheckler has been a deputy prosecuting attorney in Kootenai County for the past 13 years.    She is the lead deputy in the areas of involuntary commitments, juvenile prosecution, and child protection.  As a prosecutor she has participated in competency proceedings for both adults and juveniles, court-ordered mental health plans of treatment for juveniles, mental health specialty courts, involuntary commitment proceedings, and mental health stake holder meetings.   In her free time she enjoys skiing, sailing, and a good book.

Continuing Education Credits

This workshop is intended for post-doctorate-level psychologists; however, other licensed health and mental health care providers and legal professionals are welcome to attend.  This workshop is sponsored by the Idaho Psychological Association. The Idaho Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Idaho Psychological Association maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Four (4.0) continuing education credits will be available to psychologists for full attendance of both parts of this event.  Two (2.0) credits will be available for full attendance of the morning session or full attendance of the afternoon session.

Other health/mental health professionals
This event provides a total of four (4.0) contact hours; two (2.0) hours for the morning session and two (2.0) for the afternoon session.  Attendance letters will be provided. Contact your board or professional association for your specific continuing education requirements.       

Important please read:  This event has been divided into two separate parts:  a morning session and an afternoon session.  CE credit/attendance letters will be provided for:  full attendance of the session, passing the post-test for that session with a score of 80% (in 2 attempts) and completing the workshop evaluation for that session. 

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