10 Hours | 10 CEs

This self-paced training program on Forensic Case Formulation and Treatment Planning is presented by Michele Galietta, PhD.

In recent years, the practice of formulation has garnered increased attention, particularly for the management and treatment of offender populations. Newer versions of structured professional judgments (SPJ) instruments facilitate the development of contextual formulations and potential scenarios in order to assess and manage risk in offender populations. However, linking risk assessment information with appropriate evidence-based interventions requires additional skills.

This course focuses on teaching participants to utilize risk assessment data in formulations to inform the management and treatment of forensic clients. The course also includes theoretical information about the process of case formulation and its utility. Current practices and the empirical basis for their use are highlighted along with controversies about the relevance of particular types of data in formulations. The course includes both nomothetic and idiographic aspects of formulations. Although there are multiple variations in theoretical approaches to formulations and treatment plans, this course focuses specifically on using SPJ risk data and a behavioral and cognitive-behavioral framework to inform forensic case formulations in order to develop evidence-based treatment plans targeting the most salient treatment targets.

Participants learn the process of behavioral chain analysis to examine past violent behavior as part of relevant data gathering and hypothesis generating. Participants practice on case vignette materials in order to create a forensic case formulation and treatment plan that incorporates specific evidence-based approaches or techniques. Participants also practice the process of ongoing evaluation and modification of formulations and treatment plans as treatment progresses.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Describe the rationale for Forensic Case Formulation

  • Describe the rationale for Treatment Planning

  • Describe essential features of forensic case formulations in order to manage and decrease risk in forensic treatment cases

  • Describe the prevailing research on the reliability and validity of formulations in forensic practice

  • Describe the best practices for formulation and treatment planning

  • Describe the relationship between SPJ concerning violence risk

  • Describe the use of forensic case formulations, including treatment plans

  • Demonstrate formulation and treatment planning using case vignette material

Presented By

Michele Galietta, PhD

Dr. Michele Galietta is Associate Professor of Psychology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York where she served as Director of the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. Program from 2005-2013. Dr. Galietta is a researcher and clinician specializing in the training, adaptation and dissemination of empirically-supported treatments to community and forensic/correctional settings.

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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

    Introduction to Formulation and Treatment Planning

    • Lesson 1 Video

  • 3

    Overview of Formulation

    • Lesson 2 Video

    • Forensic Case Formulation

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 4

    Using Multiple Approaches of Formulation

    • Lesson 3 Video

    • Theoretical, Ethical and Practical Issues

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 5

    Forensic Formulations

    • Lesson 4 Video

    • Personality Disordered Offenders

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 6

    Approaches for Forensic Formulation

    • Lesson 5 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 7

    Treatment Planning

    • Lesson 6 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 8

    Example 1-Discussion

    • Lesson 7 Video

    • Case Formulation

  • 9

    Course Evaluation

    • Evaluation

    • Submission Verification

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