Working Memory: Implications for Criminal Justice, Forensic Mental Health, and Legal Professionals

$100.00

1 Hour | 1 CE (CEU)

 

Program Description

This webinar on Working Memory: Implications for Criminal Justice, Forensic Mental Health, and Legal Professionals is presented by Dr. Jerrod Brown. Working memory can be defined as the ability to temporarily store information while this information is being actively processed. Working memory requires individuals to exhibit attentional control while managing and manipulating relevant information across the span of a few seconds. The capacity to perform this executive function is critical in everyday tasks such as linguistic comprehension, cognitive reasoning, problem solving, decision making, and learning in general. Common among individuals with learning (e.g., dyslexia) and behavioral (e.g., ADHD) disorders, deficits in working memory vary on an individual basis. When present, these working memory deficits often mean the individual can temporarily store and manipulate fewer pieces of information, resulting in a limited capacity to successfully complete complicated tasks. A primary consequence of working memory deficits is the temporary or permanent loss of information. Practically, this can make it difficult for individuals suffering from working memory deficits to comprehend and remember directions, respond to questions, execute tasks, and recall the sequence of events. Struggles with these capabilities can often result in proneness to frustration and bouts of inattention. The presence of such working memory deficits can be particularly dangerous in criminal justice settings where the memories of suspects, defendants, victims, and witnesses are often the basis of life altering legal decisions. Despite the grave consequences of such decisions, there are few advanced education and training opportunities for professionals in criminal justice settings on working memory deficits.

To address existing needs in this critical area, this training familiarizes attendees with working memory deficits and its impact on criminal justice and legal settings. First, attendees will acquire a basic understanding of working memory deficits including definitions and warning signs. Second, the training will guide attendees on an exploration of the biological and environmental causes and risk factors of working memory deficits. In particular, the training will highlight the role that disorders such as fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD), traumatic brain injury (TBI), and schizophrenia can play in the manifestation of working memory deficits. Third, the training will review the diverse consequences that working memory deficits can have in the criminal justice and legal systems. This will include an active discussion of how suspects, defendants, and witnesses with working memory deficits can have deleterious impacts on the legal process. Fourth, attendees will learn techniques to help improve the screening and assessment of individuals with working memory deficits in criminal justice settings. This is imperative as these individuals often go undiagnosed or misdiagnosed as a result of inaccurate self-report information obtained during the assessment process. Fifth, the training will identify treatment techniques, strategies, and programs that have been empirically shown to improve working memory deficits. Sixth, this training will draw to a close with a review of the current research literature on working memory deficits and highlight future research directions in this area. Together, these six key training objectives present an opportunity for criminal justice, forensic mental health, and legal professionals to gain a greater understanding of the impact of working memory deficits in the criminal justice system while offering a path forward to mitigating these issues.

Webinar outline
This webinar will familiarize attendees with working memory deficits and its impact on criminal justice and legal settings.

  • Working Memory deficit warning signs
  • Biological and environmental causes
  • Treatment techniques

Intended Audience
This webinar is relevant for mental health professionals and legal professionals, including those working in forensic, clinical, criminal justice, health care, social service, and educational settings. This webinar is for beginner, intermediate, and advanced level professionals.

Upon completion of this webinar, participants should be able to:

     

  • Describe working memory deficits including definitions and warning signs 

  • Describe the biological and environmental causes and risk factors of working memory deficits 

  • Describe the diverse consequences that working memory deficits can have in the criminal justice 
system from criminal investigations and trials to treatment and supervision
  • Describe techniques to improve the screening and assessment of individuals with working memory 
deficits in criminal justice settings 

  • Describe treatment techniques, strategies, and programs that have been shown to improve working 
memory deficits 

  • Describe the current research literature and highlight existing knowledge gaps that can be 
addressed with future research

About Jerrod Brown

 
Jerrod Brown, Ph.D., is the Treatment Director for Pathways Counseling Center, Inc. Pathways provides programs and services benefiting individuals impacted by mental illness and addictions. Jerrod is also the lead developer of an online Master of Arts degree in Human Services with an emphasis in Forensic Behavioral Health from Concordia University, St. Paul, Minnesota, the founder and CEO of the American Institute for the Advancement of Forensic Studies (AIAFS), and the Editor-in-Chief of Forensic Scholars Today (FST) and the Journal of Special Populations (JSP). Jerrod has completed four separate master’s degree programs and holds graduate certificates in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Other Health Disabilities (OHD), and Traumatic-Brain Injuries (TBI). Jerrod is certified as a Youth Firesetter Prevention/Intervention Specialist, Thinking for a Change (T4C) Facilitator, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Trainer, and a Problem Gambling Treatment Provider.

Continuing Education Credit

 
This Distance Learning Live Webinar is an online Training Program. To earn CE’s, you will have to complete the webinar quiz and evaluation for this Distance Learning Live Webinar. No partial credit is available. For this webinar, you will need to pass the webinar quiz with 70% correct and complete a webinar evaluation form to earn the certificate. You can take the test as many times as necessary to pass. Participants will earn 1 CE hour 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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