20 Hours | 20 CEs

This self-paced professional training program on Evaluation for Workplace Disability is presented by Lisa Drago Piechowski, PhD, ABPP.

This course provides a conceptual framework and practical strategies for forensic evaluations in matters involving disability statuses such as ADA, disability insurance, and social security. The course begins with an overview of various types of disability cases with an emphasis on the underlying legal context, including recent changes to social security regulations. Next, the basis for the evaluation of disability is explored focusing on functional assessment. Specific subtopics include avoiding ethical pitfalls, understanding the role of diagnosis, assessing dissimulation, and identifying examiner-related threats to validity. This is followed by a discussion of practical strategies for designing an effective assessment, organizing and weighing data, and communicating the findings. Participants will have the opportunity to practice these skills through in-depth case studies including background information, test data, and collateral information.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Describe the psycho-legal question to address in disability evaluations

  • Describe the importance of correctly identifying the definition of disability

  • Describe examples of potential ethical issues that may arise in disability evaluations

  • Describe why functional capacity is more important than diagnosis in disability evaluations

  • Describe how condition, functional limitations, and work demands interact in the determination of disability

  • Describe how recent changes in Social Security law affect disability evaluations

  • Describe appropriate methods for data collection in disability evaluations

  • Describe how issues of cultural diversity can impact the examinee’s presentation in a disability evaluation

  • Describe strategies for the assessment of malingering in disability evaluations

  • Describe evaluation data presented in two case studies

Presented By

Lisa Drago Piechowski, PhD, ABPP

Lisa Drago Piechowski, Ph.D., ABPP, a board-certified forensic psychologist (ABPP), has been in practice for more than twenty years. Specializing in civil forensic matters, Dr. Piechowski has a particular interest in employment-related cases including disability, wrongful termination, sexual harassment, ADA, fitness for duty, and workplace violence.

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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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  • 1


    • Review Before Proceeding

  • 2

    Workplace Disability Introduction

    • Lesson 1 Video

    • Amina Khalid Evaluation Referral

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 3

    Ethical Issues

    • Lesson 2 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 4

    Ms. Khalid Discussion

    • Lesson 3 Video

  • 5

    Legal Framework

    • Lesson 4 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 6

    Risk of Relapse

    • Lesson 5 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 7

    Evaluating Disability

    • Lesson 6 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 8


    • Lesson 7 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 9

    Substance Abuse and Traumatic Brain Injury

    • Lesson 8 Video

    • Emergency Dept Recs

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 10

    Job Demands

    • Lesson 9 Video

    • Job Description

    • Example

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 11

    Ms. Khalid Discussion- Job Demands discussion

    • Lesson 10 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 12

    Ms. Khalid Discussion and Assessment Strategies

    • Lesson 11 Video

    • Referral Questions


    • Behavioral Observations

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 13

    Ms. Khalid Interview Discussion and Test Selection

    • Lesson 12 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 14

    Ms. Khalid Test Data

    • Lesson 13 Video

    • RBANS

    • TOMM AK

    • MMPI 2 RF

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 15

    Third Party Data

    • Lesson 14 Video

    • Collateral Phone Interview

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 16

    Data Interpretation

    • Lesson 15 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 17

    Ms. Khalid Discussion and Analyzing Third Party Data

    • Lesson 16 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 18

    Formulating the Opinion

    • Lesson 17 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 19

    Communicating Findings

    • Lesson 18 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 20

    Discussion and Formulation

    • Lesson 19 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 21

    Ms. Khalid Formulation and Brief Discussion

    • Lesson 20 Video

  • 22

    Ms. Khalid Discussion, Reporting, and Threats to Validity

    • Lesson 21 Video

    • References

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 23


    • Instructions

    • Evaluation

    • Submission Verification

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