1 Hour | 1 CE

This webinar on Forensic Aspects of Suggestibility is presented by Jerrod Brown, PhD.

Suggestibility can be defined as the proneness of an individual to accept and adopt the views of another person as truth. For example, when confronted by someone else’s explanation of an event, individuals prone to suggestibility may adopt this alternate explanation as their own memory of the event. Although the behavioral and environmental etiological origins of vulnerability to suggestibility are dynamic and complex, suggestions can be inspired by a range of stimuli from verbal and non-verbal communication with another person to reading text or exposure to various forms of media. Suggestibility can also occur in individuals involved in high-stress situations. For example, in a courtroom setting, the use of repetitious lines of questioning may exacerbate the likelihood of suggestibility, false confessions and wrongful convictions. Awareness of suggestibility is of paramount concern in settings such as the criminal justice system where self-reported information is used to make life-altering decisions. Suggestibility’s impact on memory can have a deleterious influence on justice at each and every point in the criminal justice system. In this webinar, Dr. Brown addresses the phenomenon of suggestibility and its implications for criminal justice, forensic mental health, and legal systems.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this webinar you will be able to:

  • Describe suggestibility and its subtypes

  • Describe warning signs and risk factors for suggestibility

  • Describe the wide-ranging deleterious impacts of suggestibility in the criminal justice, forensic mental health, and legal systems

  • Describe the challenges that forensic mental health professionals face in assessing individuals who are prone to suggestibility

  • Describe approaches and techniques to limit the potential impact of suggestibility in criminal justice, forensic mental health, and legal settings

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).
  • Intended Audience

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

  • Experience Level

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

  • CE / CPD Credit

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