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Neuropsychology Forum

Neuropsychiatric Issues in Capacity Evaluations and Probate Work

  • October 08, 2014
  • 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
  • Laguna Honda Hospital and Rehabilitation Center - 375 Laguna Honda Blvd. San Francisco, CA 94116


  • Affiliate Members paying after preregistration deadline.
  • Paying after preregistration deadline. No CEUs available.
  • No CEUs available.
  • Members who Pre-register
  • Non-NCNF member rate (e.g. physician, community, attorney) who Register after pre-reg deadline.. Psychologists and other mental health professionals will receive APA CE. No other CE credit is issued (e.g. AMA CE, MCLE)
  • Non-NCNF members rate (e.g. physician, community, attorney). Psychologists and other mental health professionals will receive APA CE. No other CE credit is issued (e.g. AMA CE, MCLE)
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  • For students who want to preregister but not be members.
  • For student non-members paying after pre-reg deadline

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The Northern California Neuropsychology Forum invites you to our fall symposium:
   Neuropsychiatric Issues in Capacity Evaluations and Probate Work

...With Dr. Jonathan Mueller

NCNF welcomes local neuropsychiatrist Dr. Jonathan Mueller, to present on the complex issues of capacity evaluations. Neuropsychologists are often asked to assess individuals for capacity – often a complicated and involved task. Many different types of capacity exist. Examples include:
  • Capacity to make medical decisions
  • Capacity to create a will or trust
  • Capacity to drive safely
  • Capacity to live independently
Decision-making capacity is not all-or-nothing. A person diagnosed with dementia or some other cognitive disorder does not necessarily lack capacity.  An individual may have the capacity to make certain types of decisions but not others.  Furthermore, decision-making capacity can fluctuate, as in the case of a delirium, depression and/or psychosis.  Hence, evaluations are complex, layered situation-dependent and raise many questions. Lastly, capacity evaluations are often required in medical-legal cases, and clinicians performing testamentary capacity evaluations face particular challenges.  Dr. Mueller will identify seven of those challenges and discuss how to effectively meet them.

Learning Objectives:

1. Distinguish delirium from dementia.

2. Describe  4 of the limitations of the MMSE.

3. List 4 factors that can impact cognitive assessment.

4. Predict and prepare for 7 particular challenges of testamentary capacity evaluations.

Jonathan Mueller, MD., is a co-author of the Cognistat test.  Dr. Mueller is a practicing neuropsychiatrist with San Francisco Clinical Neurosciences. He is board-certified separately as a psychiatrist and a neurologist and has two decades of experience assessing older adults and doing probate work.

This program has been approved for 2.0 APA and QME CE credits. NCNF is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. NCNF maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 from 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Laguna Honda Hospital and Rehabilitation Center

John Kanaley Community Center on Laguna Honda Campus

375 Laguna Honda Blvd. San Francisco, CA 94116

        Register by October 1st  to get Early Registration Rates!

NCNF Cancellation Policy: A 50% refund is possible for written cancellation requests sent via email to NCNFsecretary@gmail.com by October 1, 2014. Refunds will not be issued for cancellations requested after October 1, 2014.

For special accommodations, please contact the NCNF President at ncnfpresident@gmail.com.

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