20 Hours | 20 CEs

This self-paced training program on Psychological Evaluation in Personal Injury and Civil Rights Cases is presented by William E. Foote, PhD.

The development and current status of tort and civil right law are described, with a focus on how psychological injuries are conceptualized in personal injury and civil rights cases. Research on sexual harassment and sexual assault is reviewed and a five-stage model for evaluating plaintiffs in civil rights and personal injury cases is presented and discussed. The evaluation of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in civil plaintiffs is highlighted as is the use of assessment measures to assist in the determination of whether or the extent to which an evaluee is feigning or exaggerating. The process of evaluation, including preparation, data collection, interpretation, report writing, and testimony is also discussed.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Describe the development and current status of tort and civil rights law

  • Describe how psychological injuries occur in personal injury and civil rights cases

  • Describe the research in sexual harassment

  • Describe the research in sexual assault

  • Describe a 5 stage model for evaluating plaintiffs

  • Describe how to assess PTSD in civil contexts

  • Describe assessment measures to determine exaggeration or malingering

Presented By

William E. Foote, PhD

Dr. William E. Foote received his Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico in 1978. He has been in private practice as a forensic psychologist since 1979 and has conducted over 3000 forensic evaluations. Dr. Foote has been a consultant to the Indian Health Service concerning forensic issues. He has consulted with the Albuquerque Police Department and New Mexico State Police in criminal investigations.

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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

    Types of Torts

    • Lesson 2 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 4

    Compensatory Damages

    • Lesson 3 Video


    • DILLON v. LEGG


    • Lesson Quiz

  • 5

    Case Sequence

    • Lesson 4 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 6

    Case Documents

    • Lesson 5 Video

    • Evaluation Report

    • ADA Phillips Case

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 7

    Collateral Interviews and Subpoenas

    • Lesson 6 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 8

    Depositions and Testifying

    • Lesson 7 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 9

    The Five Stage Model

    • Lesson 8 Video

    • Axis I and Axis II

    • ADA References

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 10

    Personal Injury and PTSD- Part 1

    • Lesson 9 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 11

    Personal Injury and PTSD- Part 2

    • Lesson 10 Video

    • Disability Graphic

    • Psychological Evaluation Report

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 12

    Testing, Interviews, and Malingering

    • Lesson 11 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 13

    Evaluations, Preparation, and Interviews

    • Lesson 12 Video

    • Psychological Evaluation Report

    • Clinical Interview Outline

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 14

    Five Stage Model

    • Lesson 13 Video

    • Flow Chart

    • Psychological Evaluation Report

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 15

    Civil Rights Law

    • Lesson 14 Video

    • Sutton v. United Air Lines

    • ADA phillips case

    • Barnes v Costle

    • Bundy V. Jackson

    • MERITOR v Vinson

    • Harris v. Forklift Sys.

    • Farragher v Boca Raton



    • Lesson Quiz

  • 16

    Sexual Harassment

    • Lesson 15 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 17

    Sexual Harassment Factors

    • Lesson 16 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 18

    Liability Issues

    • Lesson 17 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 19

    5-Stage Model

    • Lesson 18 Video

    • Course References

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 20


    • Instructions

    • Evaluation

    • Submission Verification

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