This self-paced online training program Cultural Competence in Forensic Assessment is presented by Dr. Barry Rosenfeld. It covers a range of issues related to forensic assessment of individuals from diverse ethnic and linguistic backgrounds. Topics covered include an overview of the construct of “cultural competence” and the requisite self-assessment and pre-evaluation cultural research that is often necessary for cross-cultural assessments. In addition, more focused topics such as modifications to the typical evaluation and treatment process, decision-making regarding psychological testing and the interpretation of test results, the impact of language and culture on the therapeutic alliance, and the use (and misuse) of interpreters are reviewed. Finally, this program concludes with a review and discussion of ethical issues related to cross-cultural forensic assessment and treatment.
The fee for this training program is $250 and includes all materials and readings. Participants should expect to commit approximately 10 CE hours to completing this training program. The program includes both didactic and interactive materials and allows the opportunity to consider the information in light of case examples. Throughout the training program there will be quizzes that must be passed with a 70% in order to advance in the course. Once the course is completed participants will complete a course evaluation and then will be able to print their certificate of completion.
This training program is intended for experienced psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, counselors and other mental health professionals who conduct forensic evaluations for the courts. This training program is for beginner, intermediate, and advanced level clinicians.
Upon completion of this course, the participant should be able to:
– Describe the principals of cultural competence in psychological evaluations – Describe forms of cultural biases that can impact forensic consultation – Describe steps necessary before evaluating individuals of diverse cultural background – Describe decision-making regarding psychological testing and interpretation of test results – Describe appropriate psychological tests that can be used with individuals of particular cultural background – Describe inappropriate psychological tests that can be used with individuals of particular cultural background – Describe assessment and interview data in culturally diverse settings – Describe ethical standards to their cross-cultural practice
About Dr. Barry Rosenfeld
Dr. Barry Rosenfeld is a clinical forensic psychologist, whose clinical work primarily involves psychological evaluations of criminal defendants and civil litigants. These evaluations encompass a wide range of psycho-legal issues including criminal law issues (competence to stand trial, mental state at the time of the offense, malingering, risk of future violence, criminal behavior, or sexual offending) and civil law issues (psychological repercussions of injury, sexual harassment, or torture, and vocational disability due to psychological conditions). Over the past several years he has conducted thousands of such evaluations, both in his private practice as well as in his previous capacity with Bellevue Hospital’s Forensic Psychiatry Clinic of the New York City Criminal and Supreme Courts. Dr. Rosenfeld is licensed to practice psychology in New York State and has been awarded Diplomate status by the American Board of Forensic Psychology and Fellow Status by the American Psychology-Law Society/American Psychological Association. Dr. Rosenfeld is also active in the American Psychology-Law Society (Division 41 of the American Psychological Association), the European Association of Psychology and Law, and the International Association of Forensic Mental Health Services.
This course is excellent for mental health professionals who want to obtain or strengthen skills in forensic evaluation and those professionals who conduct forensic evaluations for the courts. Participants will learn a range of issues related to forensic assessment of individuals from diverse and linguistic backgrounds.
Overview Participants will learn the construct of cultural competence and the requisite of self- assessment
Testing Participants will learn about the typical evaluation and treatment process, decision-making and the interpretation of test results.
Assessment Participants will learn about the ethical issues related to cross-cultural forensic assessment and treatment.
“It is difficult to find good training on this topic so this course is very much appreciated! Dr. Rosenfeld provides helpful examples for thinking through the many ways in which culture comes into play in forensic assessment. Thank you!!”
“I enjoyed hearing about the case examples and possible solutions for working with individuals from others cultures and who speak different languages. This was a great course.”
“Dr. Rosenfeld is very knowledgeable and has a great sense of humor. This was an excellent training. Thank you.”
Continuing Education Credit
This Distance Learning Course is a Home Study Training Program. To earn CE’s, you will have to complete the course quizzes and evaluation for this Home Study Distance Learning Course. No partial credit is available. For this course, you will need to pass the course quizzes with 70% correct and complete a course evaluation form to earn the certificate. You can take the test as many times as necessary to pass. Participants will earn 10 CE hours for completion once they have completed these requirements. Each participant will be able to print their CE certificate immediately after completing and passing the post-test and evaluation.
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