4 Hours | 4 CEs

This self-paced training program on AAFP- Forensic Evaluations in the Age of Social Media is presented by Michael Vitacco, PhD, ABPP

The focus of this training program is use and misuse of data derived from social networking sites (SNS) in forensic evaluations. SNS data are increasingly being introduced as evidence in a variety of legal proceedings including criminal responsibility, competence to proceed, personal injury, and child custody cases.  evaluations. 

Discussed in this training program are legal and professional sources of authority that shape use of SNS data, research regarding how SNS data are now being used in forensic evaluations and, using de-identified case examples, how SNS can be of value in forensic evaluations.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Describe recent scholarship focusing on social media’s use in forensic evaluations

  • Describe court cases where social media has been used to address forensic questions

  • Describe how social media may be used as collateral information in forensic examinations

  • Describe ethical ramifications of using social media as collateral information in forensic examinations

  • Describe research and data related to cultural consideration of using social media as a collateral source in forensic examinations

Presented By

Michael Vitacco, PhD, ABPP

Michael Vitacco, PhD, ABPP is a board-certified forensic psychologist who is currently a professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Health Behavior at Augusta University in Georgia. He earned his psychology doctorate at the University of North Texas, completed an internship at a program sponsored by the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and the Department of Justice, and was a forensic fellow at the University of Massachusetts School of Medicine.
  • Intended Audience

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

  • Experience Level

    This self-paced course 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

    Relevant Legal Cases

    • Lesson 2 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 4

    Recent Research

    • Lesson 3 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 5

    Clinical and Forensic Implications

    • Lesson 4 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 6

    Criminal Responsibility Evaluations

    • Lesson 5 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 7

    Competency to Stand Trial

    • Lesson 6 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 8

    General and Sexual VRA

    • Lesson 7 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 9

    Civil-Legal Issues and Employment

    • Lesson 8 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 10

    Ethical Use

    • Lesson 9 Video

    • References

  • 11

    Course Evaluation

    • Evaluation

    • Submission Verification

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