Do you have a strong evidence-based foundation for your forensic practice? Are you using best practices in all aspects of your forensic work? It’s relatively easy to become so knowledgeable and expert in a particular content area that the foundational aspects of our work might take a back seat. Be sure to brush up on those important skills that set a solid foundation for strong forensic work. This training bundle provides you everything you need to ensure a strong foundation for your forensic practice, whether you’re just starting out or have been doing forensic evaluation for years: Report Writing, Minimizing Bias, Expert Testimony, Ethics, & Cultural Competence.
This self-paced online professional training program on Report Writing for Forensic Evaluations focuses on conducting well-constructed forensic psychological evaluations and how it is not enough to persuade judges, attorneys, and other referral sources. Examiners must also be able to effectively communicate what data they considered, what actions they took, and the opinions they formed and underlying reasoning. Because psychologists, in most cases, do not testify about their work, reports and affidavits the vehicles they must use. Research on forensic examiners’ report-writing practices is reviewed; how forensic practice guidelines, the ethics code, and rules of evidence and procedure shape reports is considered; principles for the organization and structure of forensic reports are identified; and elements of good (and bad) reports are highlighted using multiple examples. For more information on this training click the icon.
This self-paced online training program is presented by Dr. Itiel Dror and focuses on Minimizing bias in Forensic Decision Making. The program covers brain and cognitive issues relating to bias and cognitive processing, and then connects the cognitive science issues to practical and specific issues in forensic decision making. In addition to knowledge about the cognitive factors in forensic decision making, the program also provides practical solutions to address weaknesses as well as best practices to enhance forensic practices.
Specific application to forensic mental health evaluation is provided through engaging discussions between Dr. Dror and Dr. Patricia Zapf, a forensic psychologist and expert in best practices in forensic mental health evaluation. In addition, Dr. Zapf provides elaboration on how the factors discussed by Dr. Dror are applicable to forensic mental health evaluation. For more information on this training click the icon.
This self-paced online training program is devoted to expert testimony that mental health professionals provide in depositions, trials, and administrative hearings. As such, this program should be of interest to all mental health professionals who testify in legal proceedings regardless of their specialty area. The focus is on oral communication of one’s activities and opinions. Thus, preparation of interrogatories, affidavits and reports is not addressed. Reviewed are general principles of effective communication in legal proceedings, research examining effective communication in legal proceedings, research examining effective communication by expert witnesses, strategies and skills to employ during direct- and cross-examination. Considerable use is made of case examples-using excerpts from trial and deposition transcripts-as well as video recordings of mental health professionals testifying. For more information on this training click the icon.
This self-paced online training program focuses on Ethics in Forensic Psychological Practice. Using a case study approach, this training program reviews ethical challenges/issues commonly encountered by forensic psychologists. It is NOT a workshop on ethics in general psychology practice. Participants are encouraged to anchor their judgments in various sources of professional authority (e.g., ethical principles, practice guidelines). After a preliminary discussion of ethical decision making frameworks and various sources of authority relevant to forensic practice, the following challenges are discussed: distinguishing between informed consent, assent, and notification (and when each must be provided and obtained); documenting and communicating findings; issues of multiple roles; privacy, confidentiality and privilege in the forensic evaluation context; recording of, or third party presence during, evaluations; release of reports and test data; examination billing and reimbursement practices; altering reports; offering opinions about persons not examined; obligations to take into account issues of diversity in forensic evaluation contexts; use of social media data; and addressing substandard practice by peers. For more information on this training click the icon.
This self-paced online training program 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. For more information on this training click the icon.