8 Hours | 8 CEs (8 POST credits)

This on-demand professional training program on Evaluations of Police Suitability and Fitness for Duty is presented by Dave Corey, PhD, ABPP & Mark Zelig, PhD, ABPP, in partnership with The American Board of Police and Public Safety Psychology.

This program provides a comprehensive overview of the two most common psychological evaluations conducted by police psychologists: evaluations of the psychological suitability of police candidates and the psychological fitness of incumbent police officers.

This program discusses the most prominent federal laws and regulations, professional practice guidelines, and ethical standards pertaining to these evaluations. The presenters also provide detailed procedural guidance, including advice for obtaining informed consent, providing disclosure to the involved parties, conducting clinical and collateral interviews, selecting written assessment instruments, integrating the assessment findings to reach determinations of suitability and fitness, and preparing written reports and testimony that anticipate their various audiences and uses.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this program you will be able to:

  • Describe the relevance of no fewer than three federal statutes to police suitability and fitness evaluations

  • Describe the relevance of four sets of professional practice guidelines to police suitability and fitness evaluations

  • Describe provisions in your informed consent document that will decrease the likelihood of ethical and legal issues from arising when you provide suitability or fitness evaluations

  • Describe the evaluation procedures common to both police suitability and fitness evaluations, as well as procedures that are unique to each

  • Describe the advantages of using a data integration model in police suitability and fitness evaluations

  • Describe methods for avoiding four common errors in writing police suitability and fitness evaluations

Presented By

David M. Corey, PhD, ABPP

David M. Corey, Ph.D., ABPP is a licensed psychologist with nearly 40 years of experience performing high-stakes evaluations of candidates and employees in public safety positions (e.g., police officers, firefighters, emergency dispatchers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, federal law enforcement personnel) and other safety-sensitive positions, including physicians, nurses, and pilots. He is the founding president of the American Board of Police & Public Safety Psychology, and a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (Division 18). He is an ABPP board certified specialist in both forensic psychology and in police and public safety psychology.

Mark Zelig, PhD., ABPP

Mark Zelig served as a lieutenant on the Salt Lake City Police Department. Before retiring in 2001, he earned his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Alabama. He is board certified in Clinical Psychology, Forensic Psychology, and Police and Public Safety Psychology. Dr. Zelig has a national independent practice in forensic and police psychology, with offices in Utah and Alaska. He frequently serves as an expert witness for civil and criminal cases involving psychologically-based evidence. He conducts fitness-for-duty and pre-employment evaluations for high risk professions and for impaired professionals. He has served in numerous governance positions within APA and IACP, including chairing the Police and Public Safety Psychology Section of the American Psychological Association (APA). He has a combined total of more than 140 professional publications, presentations, and workshops.
  • Intended Audience

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

  • Experience Level

    This self-paced program is appropriate for beginner, intermediate, and advanced level clinicians.

  • CE / CPD Credit

    APA, ASWB, CPA, NBCC Click here for state and other regional board approvals.


  • 1


    • Review Before Proceeding

  • 2


    • Lesson 1 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 3

    Legal Foundation

    • Lesson 2 Video

    • National Treasury Employees Union v. Von Raab

    • Yin v. State of California

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 4

    Employer Liability

    • Lesson 3 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 5

    Discrimination Law

    • Lesson 4 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 6

    Professional Guidelines & Standards - Part 1

    • Lesson 5 Video

    • Practical Guidance for Occupationally Mandated Psychological Evaluations

    • Psychological Fitness-for-Duty Evaluation Guidelines

    • Ethical Principles Of Psychologists And Code Of Conduct

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 7

    Professional Guidelines & Standards - Part 2

    • Lesson 6 Video

    • Practical Guidance on the Use of the MMPI

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 8

    Communicating OMPE Findings

    • Lesson 7 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 9


    • Instructions

    • Evaluation

    • Submission Verification

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  • CE Credit

    Earn CE credit for meaningful professional training that will elevate your practice

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    Learn at your own pace, from wherever you might be!

The American Board of Police and Public Safety Psychology

We are proud to partner with The American Board of Police and Public Safety Psychology (ABPPSP) for this training. ABPPSP became a fully affiliated specialty board of the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) on October 21, 2011. Police and Public Safety Psychology is concerned with assisting law enforcement and other public safety personnel and agencies in carrying out their missions and societal functions with optimal effectiveness, safety, health, and conformity to laws and ethics. It consists of the application of the science and profession of psychology in four primary domains of practice: assessment, clinical intervention, operational support, and organizational consultation.

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