1 Hour | 1 CE

This webinar on Suggestibility and Theory of Mind (ToM) in Clinical and Forensic Settings is presented by Jerrod Brown, PhD.

Suggestibility is the predisposition to adopt the inaccurate views of others as fact when recalling memories. This phenomenon can present a host of problems in mental health (e.g., assessment and treatment) and criminal justice (e.g., false confessions and wrongful convictions) settings. Although the research is not conclusive at this point, one potential risk factor for suggestibility is low levels of theory of mind (ToM), particularly among youths. This is the ability to understand the mental states (e.g., emotions, intentions, and knowledge) of other people and, in turn, use this understanding to inform decisions and actions in social situations. The links between suggestibility and ToM may be traced to their shared origins in cognitive (e.g., executive function) and situational (e.g., social contexts) variables. The serious consequences of suggestibility in mental health and criminal justice settings warrant advanced training among the professionals that work in these contexts.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this webinar you will be able to:

  • Describe suggestibility and theory of mind

  • Describe the differences between the warning signs, risk factors, and etiologies of suggestibility and theory of mind

  • Describe appropriate screening and assessment practices for those with suggestibility and/or theory of mind issues

  • Describe how suggestibility and theory of mind issues can impact interactions with the criminal justice, forensic mental health, and legal systems

  • Describe the current state of research on suggestibility and theory of mind and identify pathways forward for research

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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