Legal Mental Capacity: A Psychiatrist's Perspective

Date: Thursday, November 8, 2012
Time: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Papillon
Speaker: Dr. Fitzsimmons

About the Topic:   

The goal of the talk is to help listeners with the following:                      

      1. Better understanding of the way in which decision-making capacity
          may be affected by deficits in the four domains of mental function
          mentioned both in the Due Process in Competency Determinations Act
          (DPCDA) and in the Capacity Declaration--Conservatorship form.
     2.  Greater familiarity with the ways in which various psychiatric
          disorders may affect decision-making capacity.
     3.  Increased ability to identify individuals who may have impaired
          decision-making capacity.

About Our Speaker: Patrick Fitzsimmons, MD, specializes in assessing
capacity, susceptibility to undue influence, and the need for conservatorship
in adults of all ages who may have a mental disorder, especially older adults
suspected of having dementia. Dr. Fitzsimmons has 25 years experience as a
psychiatrist, is board certified in geriatric psychiatry, and is an author and
lecturer on mental capacity.


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