20 Hours | 20 CEs

This self-paced training program on Forensic & Correctional Applications of the Personality Assessment Inventory (PAI) is presented by John F. Edens, PhD.

The course provides an overview of the basic design and structure of the PAI and how this measure can be used with forensic populations in an array of contexts (e.g., pre-adjudication, post-adjudication). Forensic applications of the PAI across various referral questions are highlighted, with a discussion of relevant research and clinical case examples included to enhance the application of the PAI in practice. Interpretive procedures and empirical results pertaining to the PAI in various forensic settings are discussed.

The use and interpretation of the PAI for issues of response style, mental disorder, institutional adjustment, and treatment outcome is presented over the course of 2 days, with time for participants to engage in discussion about cases and interpretation practice. The importance of self-report assessment in forensic evaluation is discussed, with particular attention to the limitations of other assessment methods and the relevance of pertinent ethical and practice guidelines. Admissibility of expert testimony based on the PAI is addressed and case examples are reviewed.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Describe the basic design and structure of the PAI & general interpretive strategies and guidelines for the PAI

  • Describe the primary PAI scales and indices used to evaluate response style

  • Describe interpretive strategies for the detection of various forms of response distortion on the PAI

  • Describe the primary PAI profile characteristics useful for risk assessment

  • Describe evidence concerning the utility of the PAI in identifying those at increased risk for recidivism and institutional misconduct

  • Describe the primary PAI indicators that reflect treatment needs of examinees & that provide data regarding treatment responsiveness

  • Describe the utility of the PAI in identifying psychopathology and personality pathology in criminal populations

  • Describe the limitations of the PAI with respect to evaluating diverse populations

  • Describe issues concerning the uses and admissibility of the PAI in relation to legal cases

  • Describe specialized interpretive reports developed specifically for the PAI & the admissibility of testimony based on the PAI

Presented By

John F. Edens, PhD

Dr. John F. Edens is a Professor of Psychology and formerly the Director of Clinical Training in the Department of Psychology at Texas A&M University (TAMU). He is the lead author of the Personality Assessment Inventory Interpretive Report for Correctional Settings (PAI-CS; Edens & Ruiz, 2005). Dr. Edens received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from TAMU in 1996 and completed a two-year post-doctoral fellowship in forensic psychology at the University of South Florida in 1998.

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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


    • Lesson 1 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 3

    Use of the PAI

    • Lesson 2 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 4

    Psychopathology- Part 1

    • Lesson 3 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 5

    Psychopathology- Part 2

    • Lesson 4 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 6

    Dissimulation and Response Distortion- Part 1

    • Lesson 5 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 7

    Dissimulation and Response Distortion- Part 2

    • Lesson 6 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 8

    Dissimulation and Response Distortion- Part 3

    • Lesson 7 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 9

    Dissimulation and Response Distortion- Part 4

    • Lesson 8 Video

  • 10

    Dissimulation and Response Distortion- Part 5

    • Lesson 9 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 11

    Violence Risk and Institutional Adjustment- Part 1

    • Lesson 10 video

    • Personality Assessment Inventory

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 12

    Violence Risk and Institutional Adjustment- Part 2

    • Lesson 11 Video

    • Applications

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 13

    Treatment Issues

    • Lesson 12 Video

    • Case Law Survey

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 14

    Suicide Risk

    • Lesson 13 Video

    • Predicting Institutional Aggression

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 15

    Specialized Interpretive Reports

    • Lesson 14 Video

  • 16


    • Instructions

    • Evaluation

    • Submission Verification

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