5 Hours | 5 CEs

This self-paced training program on Cultural Competence in Forensic Assessment is presented by Barry Rosenfeld, PhD, ABPP.

It covers a range of issues related to forensic assessment of individuals from diverse ethnic and linguistic backgrounds. Topics covered include an overview of the construct of “cultural competence” and the requisite self-assessment and pre-evaluation cultural research that is often necessary for cross-cultural assessments. In addition, more focused topics such as modifications to the typical evaluation and treatment process, decision-making regarding psychological testing and the interpretation of test results, the impact of language and culture on the therapeutic alliance, and the use (and misuse) of interpreters are reviewed. Finally, this program concludes with a review and discussion of ethical issues related to cross-cultural forensic assessment and treatment.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Describe the principals of cultural competence in psychological evaluations

  • Describe forms of cultural biases that can impact forensic consultation

  • Describe steps necessary before evaluating individuals of diverse cultural background

  • Describe decision-making regarding psychological testing and interpretation of test results

  • Describe appropriate psychological tests that can be used with individuals of particular cultural background

  • Describe inappropriate psychological tests that can be used with individuals of particular cultural background

  • Describe ethical standards to their cross-cultural practice

  • Describe assessment and interview data in culturally diverse settings

Presented By

Barry Rosenfeld, PhD, ABPP

Dr. Barry Rosenfeld is a clinical forensic psychologist, whose clinical work primarily involves psychological evaluations of criminal defendants and civil litigants. These evaluations encompass a wide range of psycho-legal issues including criminal law issues (competence to stand trial, mental state at the time of the offense, malingering, risk of future violence, criminal behavior, or sexual offending) and civil law issues (psychological repercussions of injury, sexual harassment, or torture, and vocational disability due to psychological conditions).

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  • 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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Course Preview


  • 1


    • Review Before Proceeding

  • 2


    • Lesson 1 Video

    • Cross-Cultural Issues

    • DSM 2

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 3

    Clinical Evaluation

    • Lesson 2 Video

    • Cultural Formulation Interview (CFI)

    • Cultural Formulation

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 4

    Psychological Testing

    • Lesson 3 Video

    • DSM 3

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 5

    Working with Interpreters

    • Lesson 4 Video

    • DSM 6

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 6

    Putting it All Together

    • Lesson 5 Video

    • Evaluation Report

    • Anthropology in the Clinic

    • Cultural Competence in Health Care

  • 7

    Course Evaluation

    • Course Evaluation

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