1 Hour | 1 CE

This on-demand professional training program on Executive Dysfunction and Theory of Mind (ToM) Deficits in Clinical and Forensic Populations is presented by Jerrod Brown, PhD.

Executive function and theory of mind are influential cognitive capabilities in both clinical and forensic settings. Executive function includes an array of cognitive abilities such as information processing, attentional control, working memory, and self-monitoring. These abilities are essential for an individual to think abstractly, control impulses, and adapt to different social situations and environmental settings. Developing quickly during early childhood, executive function sets the stage for the emergence of other important abilities including theory of mind. Theory of mind is an individual’s capacity to understand the mental states of themselves and others. Here, mental states include thoughts, feelings, and desires. The development of theory of mind begins slowly during infancy and increases dramatically between the ages of 3 and 7. Theory of mind is essential for everything from anticipating the actions and reactions of others to establishing and maintaining interpersonal relationships. Deficits in theory of mind result in a number of developmental concerns including making it difficult for a person to understand the perspectives and intentions of others. Deficits in executive function and theory of mind are particularly problematic in clinical and forensic settings. For example, individuals with such deficits are often ill-equipped to make legal decisions such as waving Miranda rights and the right to an attorney. Further, these individuals may be prone to over-confessing, suggestibility, and confabulation during interrogations and investigative interviews.

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 executive function and theory of mind

  • Describe the role of executive function in the development of theory of mind

  • Describe how executive function and theory of mind impact criminal justice and forensic mental health populations

  • Describe ways to minimize the consequences of executive function and theory of mind deficits in clinical and forensic settings

  • Describe empirically-based research findings in this area

  • Intended Audience

    This on-demand training program is intended for mental health and other allied professionals.

  • Experience Level

    This on-demand training program is appropriate for beginner, intermediate, and advanced level clinicians.

  • CE / CPD Credit

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