This course focuses on the Forensic & Correctional Applications of the Personality Assessment Inventory (PAI) is presented by Dr. John Edens. The course provides an overview of the basic design and structure of the PAI and how this measure can be used with forensic populations in an array of contexts (e.g., pre-adjudication, post-adjudication). Forensic applications of the PAI across various referral questions are highlighted, with discussion of relevant research and clinical case examples included to enhance the application of the PAI in practice. Interpretive procedures and empirical results pertaining to the PAI in various forensic settings are discussed.
The use and interpretation of the PAI for issues of response style, mental disorder, institutional adjustment, and treatment outcome is presented over the course of 2 days, with time for participants to engage in discussion about cases and interpretation practice. The importance of self-report assessment in forensic evaluation is discussed, with particular attention to the limitations of other assessment methods and the relevance of pertinent ethical and practice guidelines. Admissibility of expert testimony based on the PAI is addressed and case examples are reviewed.
The fee for this training program is $500 and includes all materials and worksheets. Participants should expect to commit approximately 20 CE hours to completing this training program. In addition, case studies and other case-relevant materials are provided for training purposes. 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 course is relevant for mental health professionals who conduct forensic evaluations or who intend to add forensic evaluation to their practice. This course is for beginner, intermediate, and advanced level clinicians.
Upon completion of this training program the trainee will be able to:
– Describe the basic design and structure of the PAI
– Describe general interpretive strategies and guidelines for the PAI
– Describe the primary PAI scales and indices used to evaluate response style
– Describe interpretive strategies for the detection of various forms of response distortion on the PAI
– Describe the primary PAI profile characteristics useful for risk assessment
– Describe evidence concerning the utility of the PAI in identifying those at increased risk for recidivism and institutional misconduct
– Describe the primary PAI indicators that reflect treatment needs of examinees
– Describe the utility of the PAI in identifying psychopathology and personality pathology in criminal populations
– Describe the primary PAI indicators that provide data regarding treatment responsiveness
– Describe the limitations of the PAI with respect to evaluating diverse populations
– Describe issues concerning the uses and admissibility of the PAI in relation to legal cases
– Describe specialized interpretive reports developed specifically for the PAI
– Describe the admissibility of testimony based on the PAI
About Dr. John Edens
Dr. John F. Edens is a Professor of Psychology and formerly the Director of Clinical Training in the Department of Psychology at Texas A&M University (TAMU). He is the lead author of the Personality Assessment Inventory Interpretive Report for Correctional Settings (PAI-CS; Edens & Ruiz, 2005). Dr. Edens received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from TAMU in 1996 and completed a two-year post-doctoral fellowship in forensic psychology at the University of South Florida in 1998.
Dr. Edens’ research and clinical interests focus on forensic mental health assessment and the role of such evidence in legal decision-making. He has published over 150 journal articles and book chapters on these and related topics and is in the top 1% of cited researchers in the fields of psychology and psychiatry. Dr. Edens is a recent recipient of the Theodore Millon Award in Personality Psychology (2015), jointly awarded by the Society of Clinical Psychology and the American Psychological Foundation, and also a former recipient of the Saleem Shah Award for Early Career Contributions to Law and Psychology (2001), jointly awarded by the American Psychology-Law Society and the American Academy of Forensic Psychology. He is a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science and a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (Division 41).
Dr. Edens currently serves as an Associate Editor for Psychological Assessment and is a former Associate Editor for both the Journal of Personality Assessment and Assessment. He is a Consulting Editor for numerous other psychology-law journals, including Law and Human Behavior and Behavioral Sciences and the Law. He is also a licensed psychologist (Texas) and consults extensively on legal cases, primarily focusing on state and federal capital punishment trials. Over the years he has collaborated with several state agencies on the utility of various offender intervention and assessment programs and procedures.
This course is designed for mental health professionals who want to learn about the basic design and structure of the PAI and how this measure can be used with forensic populations in an array of contexts.
Participants will learn an overview of the basic design and structure of the PAI
– Forensic Populations
Use and Interpretation
Participants will engage in discussion about cases and interpretation practice.
– Response style
– Mental disorder
– Institutional Adjustment
– Treatment outcome
Participants will learn about how admissibility of expert testimony based on the PAI is addressed and case examples are reviewed
– Self-Report Assessment
– Forensic Evaluation
“Dr. Edens is an extremely knowledgeable presenter and provided very current research and case examples.”
“This course is excellent for all individuals at any level in their career.”
“Dr. Edens thoroughly explained the complexity of the PAI and applications of the PAI in Risk Assessments.”
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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