1 Hour | 1 CE

This webinar on Anosognosia: Clinical and Forensic Implications is presented by Jerrod Brown, PhD.

Anosognosia is a condition where a person genuinely lacks insight or awareness of the fact that they suffer from a disorder, disease, or disability. This is distinct from denial, as the symptoms of the person’s condition may limit or prevent thought processes that would enable the conscious choice of denial. Anosognosia has been observed among those with a history of strokes, Alzheimer’s, schizophrenia, mood disorders (e.g., depression and bipolar disorder), and traumatic brain injuries. Regardless of the condition, such a lack of insight or unawareness can contribute to both behavioral and memory problems.

 Behavioral problems could include impulsivity, obsessions, compulsions, aggression, and self- harm. Memory problems may include short- and long-term memory impairments along with a vulnerability to confabulation. Together, the consequences of anosognosia can (a) increase the risk of criminal justice-involvement and (b) undermine a person’s capacity to participate in the legal and mental health systems. The seriousness of criminal justice consequences and mental health treatment compliance issues emphasize the importance of advanced training on anosognosia among clinical, forensic, and criminal justice professionals.

Presented By

Jerrod Brown, PhD

Jerrod Brown, PhD, is the Treatment Director for Pathways Counseling Center, Inc., 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).

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Describe the warning signs, risk factors, and definitional features of anosognosia

  • Describe how anosognosia can affect experiences in mental health and criminal justice systems

  • Describe screening options for those with anosognosia

  • Describe appropriate techniques and approaches to manage and support anosognosia

  • Describe cutting-edge research and current gaps in knowledge of anosognosia

  • Intended Audience

    This webinar is intended for mental health and other allied professionals.

  • Experience Level

    This webinar is appropriate for beginner, intermediate, and advanced level clinicians.

  • CE / CPD Credit

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