7 Hours | 7 CEs

This on-demand professional training program on Cultural Considerations in Forensic Psychology is presented by Michelle Guyton, Ph.D., ABPP, in partnership with The American Academy of Forensic Psychology.

This training program reviews the impact of culture, ethnicity, and language on interviewing, assessment, and diagnosis in the forensic context. Cognitive psychology, as it relates to implicit bias and decision-making, is also discussed. This program focuses on understanding this literature, how it relates to forensic practice, and expanding skills for conducting forensic mental health evaluations with culturally and linguistically diverse individuals. Topics described include cultural expressions of psychopathology, interviewing strategies, working with interpreters, and ethical considerations.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this program you will be able to:

  • Describe patterns of overrepresentation within the criminal justice system for individuals from non-dominant cultures

  • Describe how models of cognitive processing link to implicit bias

  • Describe cultural expressions of psychopathology

  • Describe professional resources that can facilitate understanding of an examinee’s culture and heritage

  • Describe strategies for working effectively with language interpreters

  • Describe how to consider culture and at what stage of the legal process based on referral question

  • Describe and respond to ethical conflicts that arise when psychologists evaluate people from cultures and backgrounds different from their own

  • Describe and use APA guidelines to assist when evaluating culturally and linguistically diverse individuals

Presented By

Michelle R. Guyton, PhD, ABPP

Michelle R. Guyton, PhD, ABPP is a forensic psychologist based in Portland, Oregon who co-owns the Northwest Forensic Institute (NWFI), a group forensic private practice. NWFI provides criminal and civil forensic evaluations within the greater Pacific Northwest. Dr. Guyton also runs the postdoctoral and practicum training programs within her agency and provides trainings nationally on a variety of forensic topics.
  • Intended Audience

    This self-paced program is intended for mental health and other allied professionals.

  • Experience Level

    This self-paced program is appropriate for beginner, intermediate, and advanced level clinicians.

  • CE / CPD Credit

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  • 1


    • Review Before Proceeding

  • 2


    • Lesson 1 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 3

    Culture X Criminal Justice

    • Lesson 2 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 4

    Culture - Definitions and Distractions

    • Lesson 3 Video

    • Multicultural Guidelines

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 5

    Is Talking About Culture Effective?

    • Lesson 4 Video

    • Ethics in the Time of Injustice

    • APA Guidelines on Race and Ethnicity

    • List of Acculturation Measures

    • Low Income and Economic Marginalization

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 6

    A Little Cognitive Psychology

    • Lesson 5 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 7

    Forensic Reseach With Diverse Groups

    • Lesson 6 Video

  • 8

    Interviewing Culturally & Linguistically Diverse People

    • Lesson 7 Video

    • References

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 9


    • Instructions

    • Evaluation

    • Submission Verification

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American Academy of Forensic Psychology

We are proud to partner with the American Academy of Forensic Psychology (AAFP) for this training. AAFP is a non-profit organization of board certified forensic psychologists whose mission is to contribute to the development and maintenance of forensic psychology as a specialized field of study, research and practice. The Academy does this by providing high quality continuing education workshops, providing a forum for the exchange of scientific information among its members, and conferring awards upon outstanding students and practitioners in the field of forensic psychology.

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