This self-paced professional training program on Evaluation for Workplace Disability is presented by Dr. Lisa Drago Piechowski.
This course provides a conceptual framework and practical strategies for forensic evaluations in matters involving disability statuses such as ADA, disability insurance, and social security. The course begins with an overview of various types of disability cases with an emphasis on the underlying legal context, including recent changes to social security regulations. Next, the basis for the evaluation of disability is explored focusing on functional assessment. Specific subtopics include avoiding ethical pitfalls, understanding the role of diagnosis, assessing dissimulation, and identifying examiner-related threats to validity. This is followed by a discussion of practical strategies for designing an effective assessment, organizing and weighing data, and communicating the findings. Participants will have the opportunity to practice these skills through in-depth case studies including background information, test data, and collateral information.
This program is a self-paced Professional Training Program. The fee for this course is $500 and includes all materials and worksheets. In addition, case studies and other case-relevant materials are provided for training purposes. Throughout the training program, there are 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 course is accredited by the California Division of Workers’ Compensation for 12 hours of Qualified Medical Evaluator (QME) continuing education credits in report writing required to become a QME. COAProvider #18.
This course is intended for professionals that want to enhance their understanding and best practices of workplace disability, including those working in criminal justice, security, health care, social service, education, and human resources settings. This workshop is for beginner, Intermediate, and advanced level clinicians.
Upon completion of this training program the participant will be able to:
– Describe the psycho-legal question to address in disability evaluations – Describe the importance of correctly identifying the definition of disability – Describe examples of potential ethical issues that may arise in disability evaluations – Describe why functional capacity is more important than diagnosis in disability evaluations – Describe how condition, functional limitations, and work demands interact in the determination of disability – Describe how recent changes in Social Security law affect disability evaluations – Describe appropriate methods for data collection in disability evaluations – Describe how issues of cultural diversity can impact the examinee’s presentation in a disability evaluation – Describe strategies for the assessment of malingering in disability evaluations – Describe evaluation data presented in two case studies
About Dr. Lisa Drago Piechowski
Lisa Drago Piechowski, Ph.D., ABPP, a board certified forensic psychologist (ABPP), has been in practice for more than twenty years. Specializing in civil forensic matters, Dr. Piechowski has a particular interest in employment-related cases including disability, wrongful termination, sexual harassment, ADA, fitness for duty, and workplace violence. In addition to her civil work, she is a forensic examiner for the State of Maryland conducting court-ordered competency and criminal responsibility evaluations.
Dr. Piechowski is the author of the book Best Practices for Forensic Mental Health Assessment: Evaluation of Workplace Disability as well as a number of book chapters and articles on topics related to personal injury, fitness for duty, ADA, psychological assessment, and disability. She has provided professional training on these topics for the American Psychological Association, the American Bar Association, the American Academy of Forensic Psychology, and the British Psychological Society.
Dr. Piechowski served on the Taskforce for the Revision of the Specialty Guidelines for Forensic Psychology, as chair of the American Psychological Association Committee on Professional Practice and Standards, and as co-chair of the American Psychological Association Committee on Legal Issues. She is the past-president of the American Board of Forensic Psychology, a past executive board member of the American Academy of Forensic Psychology, and serves as an examiner for board certification in forensic psychology.
In addition to her private practice in Maryland, Dr. Piechowski is an adjunct professor of clinical psychology at the American School of Professional Psychology—Northern Virginia, where she teaches courses in ethics, psychological assessment, and forensic psychology.
This course is designed for mental health professionals who want to learn about evaluation of workplace disability.
Framework This program provides a conceptual framework and practical strategies for forensic evaluations in matters involving disability status such as ADA, disability insurance, and social security – Overview – Case examples – Legal context
Assessment Participants learn about the basis for the evaluation of disability will specific focus on functional assessment – Ethical pitfalls – Diagnosis – Dissimulation – Validity
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 20 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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