4 Hours | 4 CEs

This self-paced training program on Critical Thinking in Forensic Psychological Evaluation is presented by Terry Kukor, PhD, ABPP.

Although each type of forensic psychological evaluation addresses a different and specific question, this program focuses on the decision-making process that cuts across all types of forensic evaluations. Reviewed is research examining clinical decision-making and judgment under uncertainty. Specific critical thinking skills and potential threats to objectivity are reviewed in the context of the reasoning process that is necessary for effective interpretation and synthesis of data in forensic practice. Special attention is given to the management of bias in forensic evaluation.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Describe threats to objectivity in forensic evaluation

  • Describe sources of potential decision-making bias

  • Describe strategies to minimize the influence of bias on the objective consideration of diversity

  • Describe factors (e.g., race, culture, sexual orientation) in forensic evaluation

  • Describe possible remedies to minimize the influence of bias

Presented By

Terry Kukor, PhD, ABPP

Dr. Terry Kukor is a licensed psychologist and one of 370 psychologists who are board certified in forensic psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology. He is the Director of Forensic and Specialized Assessment Services for Netcare Access in Columbus, Ohio. He serves as an adjunct professor in the Departments of Psychology at Drexel University and Miami University, and as a member of the Auxiliary Faculty, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health at The Ohio State University. Dr. Kukor has specialized in criminal forensic evaluation for more than 25 years, during which time he has performed a wide variety of forensic evaluations, including criminal responsibility, competence to stand trial, juvenile competency & waiver, violence risk assessment, and threat assessment.
  • 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

    • Checklist

    • Sanity Evaluation Questions

    • Methamphetamine-Induced Psychosis and Schizophrenia

    • Vignettes

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 3

    Critical Thinking

    • Lesson 2 Video

    • Are Forensic Experts Biased by the Side That Retained Them?

    • Influences on Violence Predicition

    • Resources for Reducing Errors

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 4


    • Lesson 3 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 5

    Final Thoughts

    • Final Thoughts

  • 6

    Additional Resources

    • Video Conference Forensic Evaluation (VCFE) Checklist

    • Limitations and Caveats for Video Conferencing Forensic Evaluations

    • Evaluee Rights Statement

    • Notification Form

    • Amphetamine-Induced Psychosis

    • Methamphetamine-Induced Psychosis

    • Differentiating Substance-Induced and Primary Psychotic Disorders

    • Differentiating Substance Abuse from First-Episode Schizophrenia

    • Malingered Auditory Hallucination

    • Intoxication and Settled Insanity—Unsettled Matters

    • A Comparison of Methamphetamine-Induced Psychosis and Schizophrenia

    • References

    • Example Excel

  • 7

    Course Evaluation

    • Evaluation

    • Submission Verification

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