Scottsdale 2018: Contemporary Issues in Forensic Psychology

Scottsdale, Arizona
Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Continuing Education Programs

Contemporary Issues in Forensic Psychology

Doubletree Paradise Valley Resort
Scottsdale, Arizona

 Full-Day Workshops (7 CE hours per workshop)

Title: Introduction to Psychopathy: Assessment and Treatment
Presenter: Chad Brinkley, PhD, ABPP
Date and Time: Wednesday, May 16 
(8:30 A.M. – 4:30 P.M.)

The workshop provides an introduction and overview of the psychopathy construct for practitioners. Discussed are the construct’s history, the prevalence of the problem, and why it is of particular interest to psychologists working in forensic and correctional settings.  The seminar addressed how the Psychopathy Checklist Revised (PCL-R) can be used as part of a forensic assessment. Reviewed in detail is how information gathered using the PCL-R can be interpreted and presented in reports and testimony. Reviewed is the relationship between PCL-R scores and outcomes of interest such as violence, crime, sex offending, substance abuse, and response to treatment interventions.

Psychologist attending this workshop will:
  • Develop a basic understanding of psychopathy as a construct
  • Learn how to identify & assess psychopathic traits
  • Develop an understanding of how the PCL-R functions in males, females, and individuals of various ethnicities.
  • Be able to identify how culture, gender, and ethnicity may influence the expression and/or assessment of psychopathic traits
  • Identify when it is appropriate to utilize an assessment of psychopathy as part of a forensic assessment
  • Identify differences between Antisocial Personality Disorder and Psychopathy
  • Describe how psychopathic traits are related to important behavioral outcomes (i.e. recidivism, violence, sexual offending, substance abuse)
  • Describe the relationship between psychopathic traits and response to treatment
Chad Brinkley, PhD, ABPP, is a licensed clinical psychologist and board certified in forensic psychology.  He is employed by the Federal Bureau of Prisons. His duties include completing assessments (including violence risk assessments) and providing mental health treatment to prisoners with severe mental illness.  Dr. Brinkley has published multiple peer reviewed articles on Psychopathy. He is a member of the Society for the Scientific Study of Psychopathy (SSSP).

Title: Clinical Neuropsychology for the Forensic Psychologist
Presenter: Robert L. Denney, PsyD, ABPP
Date and Time: Wednesday, May 16 
(8:45 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.)

This workshop is designed for those forensic examiners who seek to better understand the work and forensic reports of neuropsychologists, and become familiar with indicators which suggest referral of examinees for neuropsychological consultation.  Topics reviewed include red flags that may indicate organic pathology, basic neuroanatomy and neuropathology, relevant practice guidelines, commonly employed neuropsychological tests, appropriate use of norms, boundaries of professional competence, and assessment of response style.

Psychologists attending this workshop will be able to:
  • List the current standards regarding the definition and training of neuropsychologists
  • Present current standards regarding collaborative models of ethical forensic neuropsychological practice
  • Identify indicators of organic neuropathology
  • Describe functional neuroanatomy and neuropathology, emphasizing its importance as a part of neuropsychological assessment
  • Describe current practice guidelines for neuropsychology
  • Describe current neuropsychological assessment methods
  • Discuss negative response bias as it relates to neurocognitive assessment
Robert L. Denney, PsyD, ABPP, is board certified in forensic psychology and clinical neuropsychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology. He is a fellow and past president (2009) of the National Academy of Neuropsychology and a fellow of APA Division 40 (Clinical Neuropsychology). He was a forensic psychologist and neuropsychologist at the U.S. Medical Center for Federal Prisoners in Springfield for over 20 years. He maintains an active private practice.

Title: Psychological Evaluation of Causation and Damages in Personal Injury Cases
Presenter: William E. Foote, Ph.D., ABPP
Date and Time: Thursday, May 17 
(8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.)

This workshop prepares psychologists to function as evaluating and consulting experts in civil cases involving claims of psychological injury.  The course uses an evaluation model to guide the psychologist in designing and conducting the evaluation.  A detailed interview outline is provided, along with other guidance about conducting the evaluation.  Also discussed are the diagnosis of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and assessment of response style.

Psychologists attending this workshop will be able to:
  • Identify the elements of a tort
  • Describe a five stage evaluation model
  • Identify conditions that can serve as vulnerabilities to psychological injuries
  • Describe new developments in research on PTSD symptom structure
  • Describe how PTSD's "natural history" develops
  • Describe valid methods of response style assessment in personal injury cases
  • Describe how disability is determined in personal injury cases
  • Described how gender can shape traumatic response
William E. (Bill) Foote, PhD, ABPP, is a past President of the New Mexico Psychological Association, APA’s Division 31, the American Psychology-Law Society (APA Division 41), and the American Board of Forensic Psychology.  He serves on the affiliate faculty of the University of New Mexico Psychology Department and has been in private practice in forensic psychology since 1979. He is the co-author (with Jane Goodman-Delahunty) of two books on employment discrimination.

Title: Expert Testimony
Presenter: Randy K. Otto, Ph.D., ABPP
Date and Time: Thursday, May 17 
(8:45 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.)

Conducting thorough forensic evaluations is not enough to impact legal decision makers and legal decision making.  Forensic examiners must be able to communicate to judges, juries, and attorneys who they are, what they did, what they learned, and the opinions they formed when they write reports and testify.  Expert testimony is the focus of this 7-hour workshop.  As such, this program should be of interest to all forensic psychologists who testify in legal proceedings, regardless of their subspecialty.  Reviewed are general principles of effective communication in legal proceedings, research examining effective communication in legal proceedings by expert witnesses, specific strategies and skills to employ during direct examination, commonly-used cross-examination gambits and responses, and rules of evidence that can shape and impact testimony.  Considerable use is made of case examples-using excerpts from trial and deposition transcripts as well as video recordings of mental health professionals testifying.  If time permits, development and use of exhibits to supplement trial testimony will be discussed.

Psychologists attending this workshop will be able to:
  • Describe how various rules of evidence can affect how testimony is offered
  • List the general components of effective communication
  • Describe similarities and differences between testifying in a deposition and at trial, and the implications of these differences when testifying
  • Identify factors that can effect legal decision makers’ opinions about the witness’s credibility
  • Describe and employ strategies to communicate one’s specific expertise to the judge or jury
  • List and put into practice pre-trial preparation strategies that will facilitate effective expert testimony
  • Identify common cross-examination gambits and effective responses
Randy K. Otto, PhD, ABPP, since 1989, has been a faculty member at the University of South Florida (USF) in Tampa, where he also holds appointments in the Departments of Mental Health Law & Policy, Psychology, and Criminology.  Dr. Otto’s research and writing focuses on forensic psychological assessment.  In 2014, a book on forensic report writing and expert testimony he co-authored with Rick Demier and Marc Boccaccini was published by John Wiley and Sons.  In 2015, a book he co-authored with Alan Goldstein and Kirk Heilbrun on forensic ethics was published.  And, in 2017, the fourth edition of a book he co-authored, Psychological Evaluations for the Courts: A Handbook for Mental Health Professional and Lawyers, was released.

Title: Evaluating the Validity of
Miranda Waivers and the Trustworthiness of Confessions
Presenter: Alan M. Goldstein, PhD, ABPP
Date and Time: Friday, May 18 
(8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)

A confession is generally considered to be the most powerful evidence against a defendant.  Attorneys sometimes seek to have incriminating statements barred via a pre-trial hearing or call an expert during a trial to educate jurors that not all confessions are genuine indicators of guilt.  This two-part workshop focuses on issues related to: (a) assessing the likelihood whether a defendant had the capacity to make a knowing, intelligent, and voluntary waiver of
Miranda rights at the time of the waiver; and (b) evaluating those factors that may have increased or decreased the likelihood of a false confession.  For both topics, the extensive research on suspect/defendant characteristics associated with difficulties making a valid waiver and associated with providing a false confession are summarized. Representative court decisions related to Miranda waivers and false confessions and case law focusing on the admissibility of such testimony are discussed, aimed at assisting the expert in responding to challenges of admissibility in Frye and Daubert jurisdictions. Common police interrogation methods are described, along with the impact these methods may have on suspects. Ethical issues related to qualifications of the expert, cultural factors, and limits of testimony are presented along with the methodology and instruments that are available to provide relevant information on these confession-related topics.  Case examples are used to highlight the problems an expert encounters in these matters.

Psychologists attending this workshop will be able to:
  • Identify and discuss significant case law addressing Miranda waivers and false confessions
  • Describe police interrogation techniques commonly used with suspects
  • Describe the appropriate use of interpreters when conducting these assessments
  • Respond effectively to Frye and Daubert challenges to the admissibility of testimony in these matters
  • Identify the strengths and weaknesses of various methods used to address these issues
  • Summarize the research examining factors associated with impaired capacity to waive Miranda rights and associated with false confessions
  • Identify effective strategies for presentation of opinions in reports and via testimony
Alan M. Goldstein, PhD, ABPP, is board certified in forensic psychology.  He is Professor Emeritus at John Jay College of Criminal Justice where he taught in the forensic psychology program.  In independent practice in New York, his work focuses on criminal psycholegal issues, including confession-related topics.  Dr. Goldstein served as chair and co-chair of the AAFP’s Continuing Education Program and chaired APA’s Continuing Professional Education Committee.  He is a past-president of ABFP and was a member of the ABPP Board of Trustees. He received AAFP’s Distinguished Contributions Award to Forensic Psychology and the Beth Clark Award for Distinguished Service. Dr. Goldstein is editor or co-author of a number of books, including: “Forensic Psychology: Emerging Topics & Expanding Roles,” “Foundations of Forensic Mental Health Assessment” (with Kirk Heilbrun & Tom Grisso), and “Evaluating Capacity to Waive Miranda Rights” (with Naomi Goldstein).  His book, “Ethical Issues in Forensic Psychology,” co-authored with Randy Otto and Kirk Heilbrun, has recently been released.

Title: Insanity Defense Evaluations
Presenter: Phillip J. Resnick, MD
Date and Time: Friday, May 18 
(8:45 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.)

The distinctions between the defenses of not guilty by reason of insanity and diminished capacity will be explained.  Tests for criminal responsibility will be placed in their historical perspective including the Wild Beast Test, the M'Naghten standard, the Irresistible Impulse test, the Durham Rule, and the Model Penal Code.  Clues to knowledge of wrongfulness (legal and moral) and ability to refrain will be delineated.  The presenter discusses which disorders may qualify for an insanity defense.  The role of intoxication is explained.  Considerable emphasis is given to the clinical detection of malingered psychosis.  Participants will learn how to organize insanity opinions.  Participants will practice writing an insanity opinion after watching a videotaped case vignette.

Psychologists attending this workshop will be able to:
  • Evaluate criminal defendants for insanity
  • Distinguish between Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity and Diminished Capacity
  • Write more effective insanity opinions
  • Detect signs of malingered psychosis
  • Identify four signs of malingered insanity
  • Identify cross examiner techniques in attacking expert testimony on insanity
  • Incorporate cultural factors in assessing insanity
Phillip Resnick, MD, is a Professor of Psychiatry and Director, Division of Forensic Psychiatry at Case School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio. He served as a consultant in many high-profile cases, including those of Jeffrey Dahmer, Susan Smith, Timothy McVeigh, Andrea Yates, Scott Peterson, Casey Anthony, Theodore Kaczynski (the "Unabomber"), and James Holmes. Dr. Resnick is a past president of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law.  He has published over 200 articles and book chapters.  He is internationally recognized and has lectured in 49 states and 24 countries.

Title: Law School 101: Foundational Information for Effective Forensic Practice
Presenter: Craig R. Lareau, JD, PhD, ABPP
Date and Time: Saturday, May 19 
(8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)

This workshop provides an overview of many foundational issues of law and the legal system that forensic psychologists should know due to the nature of their work in legal settings.  The workshop is not a survey course of forensic psychology topics, but rather, an introduction to numerous substantive law issues.  Topics include sources of law, jurisdiction, legal citation, constitutional law, criminal procedure, criminal law, torts, and family law.

Psychologists attending this workshop will be able to:
  • Describe the various sources of law and the relationships of the federal and state judicial systems
  • Use legal citations to understand the precedential effects of a court decision.
  • List the basics of constitutional law, including due process, equal protection, fundamental rights, and first amendment freedoms
  • Describe the foundational aspects of criminal procedure and criminal law, including areas of search and seizure, confessions, act and mental state elements of a crime, and various legal defenses
  • Differentiate the various areas of tort law, including intentional torts, negligence, and damages
  • Identify core topics in family law, including requirements for marriage and divorce, validity of prenuptial agreements, and legal standards regarding custody and parenting
  • Recognize how the law treats issues of diversity where relevant to a legal claim or case (e.g., constitutional law, tort law)
Craig R. Lareau, JD, PhD, ABPP, is board certified in forensic psychology (ABPP) and is a licensed attorney.  He is a forensic psychologist for the California Board of Parole Hearings, he has a private practice in criminal and civil forensic psychology and litigation consulting, and he is an adjunct professor at the University of Southern California.  He is chair of the Forensic Psychology Section of the California Psychological Association, and he has served on APA’s Committee on Legal Issues.

Title: Evaluation of Competence to Stand Trial
Presenter: Candyce Shields, PhD, ABPP
Date and Time: Saturday, May 19 
(8:45 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.)

This introductory workshop focuses on the clinical evaluation of adults whose ability to participate in the criminal process (stand trial) is at issue. Relevant research and case law is reviewed as well as ethical considerations in performing these evaluations. A model and format for the clinical assessment of adjudicative competencies and development of a forensic report are introduced. Forensic assessment instruments and psychological tests for assessing competence to stand trial are reviewed as well.

Psychologists attending this workshop will be able to:
  • Identify and describe landmark legal cases relevant to various aspects of the evaluation of adjudicative competence
  • Identify key (federal) rules of evidence relevant to the evaluation of and provision of expert testimony in cases of adjudicative competence
  • Identify relevant assessment techniques (i.e., psychological tests, specialized forensic assessments and assessments of symptom validity) employed in the evaluation of adjudicative competence and articulate a rationale for the selection of (or reasons for not utilizing) tests
  • Identify ethical principles and guidelines relevant to the evaluation of adjudicative competence and communication of information within an adversarial court system
  • Identify and describe research relevant to the evaluation of adjudicative competence
  • Identify a diverse range of factors and domains (e.g., ethnicity, culture, mental health status, etc.) critical to conducting interviews and gathering information for evaluations of adjudicative competence
  • Describe a model for developing a forensic report to articulate findings in evaluations of adjudicative competence to the trier of fact
Candyce Shields, PhD, ABPP, earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Western Michigan University, a master’s degree in rehabilitation psychology and counseling from the University of North Carolina, and a master’s and doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the University of Louisville. She completed a predoctoral internship at the Federal Correctional Complex in Butner, North Carolina and a postdoctoral fellowship in forensic psychology at the Wyoming State Hospital in Evanston, Wyoming. She is an Early Career Grant recipient from the American Academy of Forensic Psychology (AAFP) and achieved board certification in forensic psychology in 2008 from the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP). Dr. Shields is currently employed as an Assistant Director of Evaluation Services and Forensic Psychologist at the Center for Forensic Psychiatry in Saline, Michigan.  At the Center she conducts forensic evaluations relative to competence to stand trial, legal insanity, and competence to waive Miranda. She is the 2016 recipient of the Distinguished Contributions to Forensic Psychology award given by the AAFP.

Half-Day Workshops (4 CE hours per workshop)

Title: Law School 102: Foundational Information for Effective Forensic Practice
Presenter: Craig R. Lareau, JD, PhD, ABPP
Date and Time: Sunday, May 20 (8:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m.)

This workshop provides an overview of several foundational issues of law and the legal system that forensic psychologists should know due to the nature of their work in legal settings.  The workshop is not a survey course of forensic psychology topics, but rather an introduction to substantive law issues.  Topics during this workshop include a number of civil law areas:  evidence, civil procedure, employment discrimination, sexual harassment, and testamentary capacity.

Psychologists attending this workshop will be able to:
  • Identify core topics of evidence, including admissibility, hearsay, and testimonial evidence
  • Describe core issues of civil procedure, including basics for filing and responding to complaints, rules for discovery, and standards for defense evaluations
  • Differentiate the legal and diversity issues involved in employment discrimination and sexual harassment cases, including disparate treatment, disparate impact, quid pro quo, and hostile work environment cases
  • Recognize the legal issues involved when determining whether a testator had the capacity to make a will
Please see Dr. Lareau's bio above.

Title: Ethics in Forensic Practice
Presenter: Michelle Guyton, PhD, ABPP
Date and Time: Sunday, May 20 (8:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.)

This half-day workshop uses a case-based approach with active discussion to consider various ethical issues as they pertain to forensic clinical psychology. Ethical principles from psychology and psychiatry are explored and applied to different cases.

Psychologists attending this workshop will be able to:
  • Identify main ethical imperatives across forensic clinical cases
  • Apply ethical principles to a broad range of forensic clinical cases
  • Describe and apply an ethical decision-making model
  • Consider the intersection of ethics and cultural issues in a variety of forensic clinical work
Michelle Guyton, PhD, ABPP, is a licensed psychologist and is board-certified in forensic psychology. She practices in Oregon at the Northwest Forensic Institute. Dr. Guyton specializes in forensic and correctional psychology and conducts a variety of forensic evaluations including competency, criminal responsibility, mitigation, risk assessment, and fitness for duty. She also provides consultation and education services for state and other agencies and attorneys in capital cases. Dr. Guyton is the Director of the Oregon Forensic Evaluator Training Program which provides ongoing education for all psychiatrists and psychologists who perform competency and insanity evaluations in the state. Dr. Guyton is the postdoctoral training director at Northwest Forensic Institute. Before developing a full-time forensic practice, she taught for 10 years at the School of Graduate Psychology at Pacific University.


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