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Dr. David Shapiro has been called the Father of clinical forensic psychology. His first book on forensic assessment appeared in 1983 and was the only book at that time to approach forensic assessment from the point of view of actual issues encountered in practice rather than from a theoretical basis. Since that time, he has authored five more textbooks and four dozen peer reviewed articles dealing with the interface of psychology and law. His comprehensive approach to forensic assessment has been widely distributed and used as models for various books and training programs.Dr. Shapiro is a Diplomate in Forensic Psychology of the American Board of Professional Psychology and has been actively engaged in forensic practice for over forty years. He is currently a Professor of psychology at Nova Southeastern University and teaches courses in forensic assessment, criminal law, ethics and professional practice,supervision and consultation, projective personality assessment, and risk assessment for future violence. He regularly provides forensic and ethics training at a variety of national forums, including APA and ABPP.
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"I would like to say that your presentation went way beyond my expectations and, for that matter, beyond my experience in many other courses I’ve taken in the past. The course often gets taught by psychologists and/or lawyers who represent Risk Mgmt with messages of fear that have more to do with helping clinicians avoid problems rather than being a more effective clinician. Instead of giving good guidance for dealing with sticky issues with cloudy guidelines while trying to do good psychotherapy, it’s a ‘watch your back’ approach. I found your presentation from a clinicians point of view far superior, helping me even now to better understand issues that I’ve faced. Indeed, you made me feel more optimistic and safer about practicing psychotherapy in a litigious age. I liked your clarity and your level headed, straight talk advice. I can’t remember a law and ethics course I’ve taken in which I received clinical examples and useful insight for handling situations like ones I’ve had to deal with."-Jane S., Psychologist, California
This webinar will satisfy your ethics requirement.
David Shapiro, Ph.D. has been called the father of clinical forensic psychology. He is an expert on the interface between psychology and the law. This webinar will help all clinicians with managing risk in their practice.
Do you know the possible effect in Court of expert testimony based on poorly validated procedures? People may be sentenced to death. In similar ways, mental health professionals may be found negligent for failure to see that someone fits the psychological profile of intended victims, despite the fact that there is no science behind psychological profiling. The use and similar misuses of expert testimony will be highlighted in the webinar, along with practical suggestions for avoiding these pitfalls and making sure one’s testimony is based on well-validated theories.
“I found this seminar fascinating. I have taken some of Dr Shapiro's other seminars and will seek him out for others, I enjoy his approach. His real world examples are invaluable.”-Dawn Z., Social Worker, New York
This webinar is designed for those clinicians moving into forensic assessment from more traditional clinical settings. It will consider the important similarities and differences between clinical and forensic work, including critical legal and ethical issues regarding the concept of informed consent in different kinds of evaluations. The focus will then shift to what are called functional legal capacities, and cover in depth the way different assessment instruments may be reconceptualized in order to use them in forensic settings. Special consideration will be given to the development of instruments for assessment of trauma and malingering.
This webinar will satisfy your ethics requirement.
Mental health professionals frequently make assertions about legal issues based on their psychological expertise and expect that the laws should merely follow the research and practice to which they testify. Frequently, mental health professionals will conflate such matters as psychosis, limited intellect or brain impairment with legal issues such as Competency to Stand Trial, Criminal Responsibility and Mitigation. There are, in fact, many reasons why a diagnosis cannot be generalized into a legal conclusion. Nowhere is this better illustrated than in the United States Supreme Court deliberations and findings where behavioral science evidence is judged along side the laws which place constraints on how these matters can be considered in court. This webinar will explore these differences, looking at a wide array of cases in which mental health has been a central issue.
The ability to predict future violent behavior has long been an issue for mental health professionals. Initially it was merely assumed that we could make such predictions accurately based on our clinical skills alone. Many decisions in the judicial system hinge on an accurate assessment of violence, such as bond, probation, and parole decisions, committment to and release from psychiatric facilities, and even whether or not a defendant should be sentenced to death.
Recent research has demonstrated however that such predictions are not as accurate as once assumed and that the methodology used was sadly lacking in validity. A tremendous amount of research has gone into risk assessment for future violence ; still,, the accuracy remains in question even to this day; nevertheless, judicial decisions are continually made which ignore our limited ability to assess violent behavior.
This webinar will explore the factors necessary to do competent work in this area and demonstrate the ways that risk assessment can become more precise.
All mental health professionals are familiar with, and should rely on, the Codes of Ethics applicable to their professionals. Some have, in addition, specialty guidelines that apply to certain areas of practice. This webinar will consist of a detailed analysis of the Specialty Guidelines for Forensic Psychology, viewing the similarities to and differences from the generic ethics codes. More specifically, we will look at the definitions of forensic psychology practice, issues of impartiality, conflicts of interest, competence, Informed Consent, and conflicts with legal authorities.
Ever since 1976 with the landmark case of Tarasoff versus Regents of the University of California, there has been a dizzying array of cases dealing with various approaches to this topic. In some states, there is a Duty to Warn, in others a Duty to Protect Third Parties. In some states, the duty is mandatory and in others discretionary. Some states are also distinguished in terms of permissive or non-permissive duties. Small wonder that with all these variations, mental health professionals are often confused in terms of their obligations. Sometimes, the case law is inconsistent with the statutes within the same state. Research done regarding the knowledge of licensed men¬tal health professionals in 1988 showed that 93% of the sample surveyed did not fully understand the laws in their own states. Twenty years later, with continued exposure to the topic through continuing education, the number dropped to 76% who did not understand the laws in their own states. This webinar will attempt to reconcile these differences and provide the mental health professional with concrete steps to take in order to crystalize and under¬stand the laws and the ways to manage practices so as to minimize the risk of legal action.
Mental health professionals are affected by the fact that we live in an age of litigation; if clients are dissatisfied with the outcome of an evaluation or treatment , they may file an ethics complaint or a law suit with increased frequency compared to the past. Malpractice insurance premiums have increased by more than a factor of 10 over the past few decades. As a result, many practitioners are “running scared”, fearful of complaints. In point of fact, very few of these legal actions are successful; while going through them is unpleasant, if a mental health practitioner adheres to a few basic principles of risk management, the likelihood of a successful suit is vastly diminished. This webinar will present these basic principles within a framework of the fundamental legal concepts involved,and how these concepts may be easily incorporated into practice guidelines. Special attention will be paid to confidentiality and privilege, the nature of malpractice claims,informed consent, documentation, consultation,the most frequent areas of litigation, and concrete steps to take to minimize the risk of litigation.
This webinar will satisfy your ethics requirement.
All mental health professionals are familiar with, and
should rely on, the Codes of Ethics applicable to their
professionals. Some have, in addition, specialty guidelines
that apply to certain areas of practice. This webinar will
consist of a detailed analysis of the Specialty Guidelines
for Forensic Psychology, viewing the similarities to and differences from the generic ethics codes. More specifically,
we will look at the definitions of forensic psychology practice, issues of impartiality, conflicts of interest, competence, Informed Consent, and conflicts with legal authorities.
Do you know the possible effect in Court
of expert testimony based on poorly validated procedures? People may be sentenced
to death. In similar ways, mental health professionals may be found negligent for failure
to see that someone fits the psychological
profile of intended victims, despite the fact
that there is no science behind psychological profiling. The use and similar misuses of
expert testimony will be highlighted in the
webinar, along with practical suggestions for
avoiding these pitfalls and making sure one’s
testimony is based on well-validated theories.
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