April 2nd & 9th, 2021 & 8:00am-12:00pm (Pacific)

8 Hours | 8 CEs

$300 Registration | $250 Early Registration (through March 19th) 

This live workshop on Cultural Considerations in Forensic Assessment is presented by Barry Rosenfeld, PhD, ABPP

This workshop will cover a range of issues related to forensic assessment of individuals from diverse ethnic and linguistic backgrounds. The last decade has witnessed a surge in awareness of the inherent challenges when applying forensic evaluation techniques to individuals from a different culture. Indeed, the expectation that clinicians will maintain an adequate level of “cultural considerations” in both clinical practice and research has never been greater. This workshop incorporates the ever-growing research literature on culture and forensic assessment and culminates in a number of guidelines for “best practices.” 

The workshop will begin with relevant background on the construct of “cultural co” and recent legal decisions that have addressed the importance of culturally-appropriate assessment techniques. The workshop topics will follow the timeline of a typical evaluation, with a review of issues and solutions that can be implemented prior to the evaluation begins, such as the role of pre-evaluation cultural research and adaptations to traditional procedures for eliciting consent. This will be followed by a review of issues and recommendations for conducting the interview itself, including selection and training of translators, identifying culturally unique symptoms or behaviors, and interpretation of observed behaviors and reported symptoms. 

Finally, the workshop will focus on decision-making regarding psychological testing and the interpretation of test results. Relevant ethical issues related to cross-cultural forensic assessment will be integrated throughout the workshop, as appropriate. Case vignettes will be injected throughout the workshop to highlight relevant issues and techniques and elicit audience participation. 

Presented By

Barry Rosenfeld, PhD, ABPP

Dr. Barry Rosenfeld is a clinical forensic psychologist, whose clinical work primarily involves psychological evaluations of criminal defendants and civil litigants. These evaluations encompass a wide range of psycho-legal issues including criminal law issues (competence to stand trial, mental state at the time of the offense, malingering, risk of future violence, criminal behavior, or sexual offending) and civil law issues (psychological repercussions of injury, sexual harassment, or torture, and vocational disability due to psychological conditions).

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Describe the principals of cultural considerations in psychological evaluations

  • Describe forms of cultural biases that can impact forensic consultation

  • Describe the steps necessary before evaluating individuals of diverse cultural background

  • Describe how to train and utilize interpreters in forensic assessment

  • Describe assessment and interview data in culturally diverse settings

  • Describe appropriate and inappropriate psychological tests that can be used with individuals of particular cultural backgrounds.

  • Describe ethical standards to their cross-cultural assessment practice

  • Intended Audience

    This live workshop is intended for mental health and other allied professionals.

  • Experience Level

    This live workshop is appropriate for beginner, intermediate, and advanced level clinicians.

  • CE / CPD Credit

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