Summer Training Institute 2018

August 20- 24, 2018 | Palo Alto, California

Join us for our Summer Training Institute to be held at Palo Alto University in beautiful Palo Alto, California. Summer Training Institute is 5 days of mix-and-match workshops presented by internationally recognized experts in forensic evaluation.

Build your practice and expand your skill set with professional development training by Drs. Stephen Hart, Mark Cunningham, Martin Sellbom, Lisa Piechowski, David Martindale, Jay Flens, Joyce Chu, Bruce Bongar, Peter Goldblum, and Chris Weaver.

Select from 1-, 2-, and 3-day workshops to meet your practice needs. This 5 day professional training opportunity is perfect for forensic mental health professionals, law enforcement & correctional professionals, forensic evaluators, and those wishing to add forensic evaluation to their clinical practice. In addition, the Suicide Assessment workshop meets the NEW California requirements for Continuing Education in this important area.

  • Professional training by internationally recognized experts in forensic evaluation
  • Evidence-based best practices, relevant research outcomes, clinical applications
  • Build the knowledge, skill set, & expertise to take your practice to the next level
APA, CPA, ASWB, NBCC board approved workshops. California psychologists, social workers, counselors and MFT’s are all eligible for CE’s (CEU’s). For a complete listing of board approvals https://www.concept-ce.com/board-approvals/

Professional Training with a Great Vibe

What could be better? Spending a few days in California in August, attending training sessions to develop your skills and build your practice by day, and hanging out with new friends and colleagues by night taking in all the Bay Area has to offer. Aside from the best professional training sessions you’ve ever attended, Summer Training Institute is the perfect way to enjoy a great location, at a great time of year, and meet friends and colleagues with similar interests. Invest in your professional development and  enjoy a few days in a great location. Why not take a few days to come to California this August and hang out with us?

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Our Instructors

Our instructors are internationally recognized experts, prolific authors, and engaging presenters. They have extensive research backgrounds and are engaged in forensic evaluation research and clinical practice. They are the “expert” experts. Each instructor relies on evidence-based best practices and relevant research outcomes to form the basis for the training and then highlights the clinical applications of the research evidence. Case studies and clinical examples illustrate forensic evaluation the concepts and their application.

Increase your knowledge, skill set, and level of expertise by receiving professional development training by the field’s top experts.

Take your forensic practice to the next level!

Visit Our Instructors page (or the workshop page) for more information on our instructors.

Are you a Training Director or Interested in Group Registration for 5 or more? Please complete the form below and we will contact you to initiate the process.

Workshop Information

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Assessment of Risk for Sexual Violence: RSVP & SVR-20 launch

Presented by: Dr. Stephen Hart

3-Day | August 20-22

Upon completion of this training program the trainee will be able to:

  • Describe the SPJ approach to violence risk assessment
  • Describe the diversity of sexual violence
  • Describe diversity of people who commit sexual violence
  • Describe the challenges professionals face during assessment and treatment
  • Describe the risk levels based on statistical profiles
  • Describe the administration procedures for the SVR-20 V2
  • Describe the administration procedures for the RSVP
  • Describe the use of the SVR-20 V2 for developing case conceptualizations and management plans
  • Describe the use of the RSVP for developing case conceptualizations and management plans
  • Demonstrate administration of the SVR-20 V2 and RSVP
  • Describe the SVR-20 V2 and RSVP through case studies

21 Hours | 21 CE Credits | $900 | $750 Early Registration available until June 20th

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Forensic Psychological Assessment in Custody Litigation: Conceptual Issues, Data Integration, and Advanced Topics

Presented by: Drs. David Martindale and Jay Flens

2-Day | August 20-21

Upon completion of this training program the trainee will be able to:

  • Describe the distinctions between clinical and forensic interviewing
  • Describe the factors to be considered in selecting formal assessment instruments
  • Describe the role of the standard error of measurement in the interpretation of test data
  • Describe the ways in which factors such as time of day of test administration can contribute to random error
  • Describe the benefits of reviewing test responses with test-takers
  • Describe the significant shortcomings of several often-used tests
  • Describe the distinction between the direct assessment of parenting and the assessment through the use of structured assessment measure of variables related to parenting skills
  • Describe the relevant factors to be considered in the selection of psychological testing
  • Describe the difference between normative data and context-specific base-rate data
  • Describe the ways in which measures of response style can be most effectively used in the interpretation of custody litigants’ test data
  • Describe the manner in which psychological test data are integrated with data obtained through other sources in custody evaluations
  • Describe methods for effectively explaining test data and interpretations in reports and testimony

 14 Hours | 14 CE Credits | $600 | $500 Early Registration available until June 20th

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Using the MMPI-A-RF in Juvenile Forensic Psychological Evaluations

Presented by: Dr. Martin Sellbom

1-Day | August 22

Upon completion of this training program the trainee will be able to:

  • Describe the rationale for, and methods used in, the development of the MMPI-A-RF
  • Describe the 42 MMPI-A-RF Validity and Substantive scales
  • Describe when to administer the MMPI-A-RF
  • Describe the psychometric properties of MMPI-A-RF scale scores
  • Describe the various score reports available for the MMPI-A-RF
  • Describe the interpretation strategy for the MMPI-A-RF
  • Describe the forensic-correctional comparison group for the MMPI-A-RF
  • Describe how to address challenges of admissibility in court hearings
  • Describe how to assess for over- and under-reporting with the MMPI-A-RF validity scales
  • Describe MMPI-A-RF findings to addressing questions raised in juvenile delinquency hearings

7 Hours | 7 CE Credits | $300 | $250 Early Registration available until June 20th

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Suicide Risk Assessment and Intervention for a Diverse Population

Presented by: Drs. Joyce Chu, Bruce Bongar, Peter Goldblum, and Chris Weaver

1-Day | August 22

Upon completion of this training program the trainee will be able to:

  • Describe six key steps of suicide risk assessment and management
  • Describe clinical inquiry about suicidal ideation, behaviors, and risk to individual client needs
  • Describe dynamic versus static risk factors
  • Describe important clinical and legal documentation considerations involved in suicide risk management
  • Describe the latest research on cultural differences in suicide, and culturally competent assessment and prevention of suicide among ethnic minority and LGBTQ populations
  • Describe predominant barriers to training and practice in culturally competent suicide assessment and practice
  • Describe a guiding framework and assessment tools/approaches that advance culturally competent suicide practice with diverse populations
  • Describe a suicide risk case conceptualization and intervention plan

Looking for a course that fulfills the BOP-California suicide requirement for psychologists? On September 1, 2017, California Governor, Jerry Brown signed the new Suicide Prevention AB 89 law, requiring every psychologist to demonstrate training in suicide prevention by the 2020 renewal cycle. There are a number of different ways to achieve this mandated requirement. A simple way would be to attend this workshop.

7 Hours | 7 CE Credits | $300 | $250 Early Registration available until June 20th

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Evaluations for High Stakes Sentencing: Capital and Juvenile Murder Cases

Presented by: Dr. Mark Cunnungham

2-Day | August 23-24

Upon completion of this training program the trainee will be able to:

Evaluation for capital mitigation

  • Describe the contrasting theories of the State and defense at capital sentencing and how these are operationalized in evidence and argument
  • Describe moral culpability and its relationship to choice

Violence risk assessment for prison

  • Describe four methodologies for violence risk assessment
  • Describe the role of base rates in violence risk assessment for prison

Evaluations of intellectual disability (ID)

  • Describe the conceptual basis for the exclusion of persons with ID from death-sentencing
  • Describe the two sources for the primary diagnostic criteria for ID and their common elements

Miller evaluations

  • Describe the four primary factors in brain maturation
  • Describe how brain immaturity impacts decision-making and susceptibility to peer influences

*Please see product page for all learning objectives.

 14 Hours | 14 CE Credits | $600 | $500 Early Registration available until June 20th

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Evaluation for Workplace Disability

Presented by: Dr. Lisa Drago Piechowski

2-Day | August 23-24

Upon completion of this training program the trainee 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

14 Hours | 14 CE Credits | $600 | $500 Early Registration available until June 20th

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Make the most out of Summer Training Institute with multiple workshop offerings

Here are some possible tracks you can take:

Assessment of Risk for Sexual Violence +Evaluations for High Stakes Sentencing

Forensic Psychological Assessment in Custody Litigation + Using the MMPI-A-RF in Juvenile Forensic Psychological Evaluations

Forensic Psychological Assessment in Custody Litigation + Suicide Risk + Evaluation for Workplace Disability

Using the MMPI-A-RF in Juvenile Forensic Psychological Evaluations + Evaluations for High Stakes Sentencing

Suicide Risk + Evaluations for High Stakes Sentencing

Suicide Risk + Evaluation for Workplace Disability

Summer Training at Palo Alto University

Event Information

Location

The Gronowski Center
5150 El Camino Real
Suite C-15
Los Altos, CA 94022

More information to come regarding the location for each workshop but if you are traveling to California for Summer Training Institute, the easiest will be to stay near:

Social Events

On select nights during the week we will hold social events close to campus. Information will be e-mailed out to registered participants & we’ll let you know where we’re hangin’.

Hotels

The following hotels are located walking distance from where the workshops will be held:

Crowne Plaza Palo Alto (1.3 miles)
4290 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA 94306

Homewood Suites by Hilton Palo Alto (1.2 miles)
4329 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA 94306

Residence Inn by Marriott Palo Alto Mountain View (0.5 miles)
1854 W El Camino Real, Mountain View, CA 94040

Country Inn Motel (0.8 miles)
4345 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA 94306

The following hotel is approximately 15-min by car/Uber to where the workshops will be held:

Quality Inn & Suites At NASA Ames (5.93 miles)
5 Fairchild Drive, Mountain View, CA, 94043, US

Continuing Education

CONCEPT is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) and the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. CONCEPT maintains responsibility for its programs and their content.

Please see the complete listing of approvals here.

For in-person workshops we offer a 50% refund up until 2 weeks out from the start date of each workshop. There are no refunds within 2 weeks but will accommodate with access to the online program.​

If you would like to file a grievance, please read our grievance policy and then file a grievance on our contact page.

You may also send a written grievance to:
Consolidated Continuing Education & Professional Training (CONCEPT)
5668 FishHawk Crossing Blvd, #306 Lithia, FL 33547