1 Hour | 1 CE

This webinar on Suggestibility in the Criminal Justice System: An Advanced Overview is presented by Jerrod Brown, PhD.

Suggestibility occurs when a person adopts inaccurate yet plausible information as accurate. Although the causes of suggestibility are many and varied, cognitive impairments (e.g., executive function and memory), social deficits (e.g., communication skills and self-esteem), and traumatic life experiences may contribute to the phenomenon. The potential for suggestibility is particularly dangerous in legal settings. Here, self-reported information strongly influences an individual’s capacity to participate in legal processes (e.g., legal decision making and standing trial). This is troubling because this information is used to charge and convict, perhaps resulting in false confessions and wrongful convictions. To protect against this possibility, this training intended to increase awareness of suggestibility among criminal justice, forensic mental health, and legal professionals. Topics addressed include defining suggestibility, reviewing situational and environmental features that elicit suggestibility, and identifying approaches to minimize suggestibility.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this webinar you will be able to:

  • Describe the forensic and legal implications of suggestibility

  • Describe screening and assessment options for identifying individuals who may be prone to suggestibility

  • Describe questioning techniques that minimize the likelihood of suggestibility

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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