1 Hour | 1 CE

This webinar on Suggestibility in Children: Clinical and Forensic Considerations is presented by Jerrod Brown, PhD.

Although suggestibility may occur at any age, children may be particularly vulnerable depending on the environment and a host of social, emotional, and psychological variables. This risk is due to cognitive factors (e.g., memory and attentional capacity) and social factors (e.g., psychosocial immaturity and avoidance coping styles) that are heavily influenced by human development. As such, the likelihood of suggestibility substantially decreases as a child advances into adolescence and adulthood. Beyond these cognitive and social factors, suggestibility is also influenced by situational factors including leading and repetitive questions and the presentation of false information. Such situational features are commonplace in clinical and forensic settings (e.g., police interrogations and trials), which raises concerns that children may be prone to memory disturbances with harmful legal consequences (e.g., false confessions and wrongful convictions). This webinar is designed to help assist professionals in clinical and forensic settings to decrease the likelihood of suggestibility among children. Topics addressed include defining suggestibility, discussing the developmental needs of children, identify tactics to maximize the accuracy of memories, and reviewing the needs of future research.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this webinar you will be able to:

  • Describe the forensic and legal implications of suggestibility in children

  • Describe situational, cognitive, and social factors that contribute to suggestibility in children

  • Describe interview approaches that reduce the risk of suggestibility in children

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.

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