AAFP: Assessing Allegations of Trauma in Forensic Contexts

Presented By Christina A. Pietz, PhD, ABPP
Christina A. Pietz, PhD, ABPP

6 hours | 6 CEs

This On Demand professional training program on Assessing Allegations of Trauma in Forensic Contexts is presented by Christina Pietz, PhD, ABPP, in partnership with The American Academy of Forensic Psychology.

Assessmentof claims of emotional harm and trauma in therapeutic settings is very different from the Assessmentof these matters in legal proceedings. This program provides an overview of the history and conception of the posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) diagnosis, including its introduction in the DSM-III. The diagnostic criteria of PTSD in the DSM-IV and DSM 5 are compared, and implications for forensic Assessmentare discussed. The challenges of assessing claims of emotional harm and trauma in forensic contexts are reviewed and best practices proposed, with specific consideration of the unique challenges that present in personal injury, disability, and criminal litigation. Thorough reviews of the Moral Emotional Numbing Test and Clinician-Administered PTSD Scale for DSM-5 (CAPS) are provided, as is a discussion of the utility of the MMPI-2 and PAI in the Assessmentof complaints of emotional harm and trauma.

Intended Audience

This on-demand professional training program is intended for mental health and other allied professionals

Experience Level

This on-demand professional training program is appropriate for beginner, intermediate, and advanced level clinicians.

CE / CPD Credit

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Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this program you will be able to:

Describe the development and history of the posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) diagnosis

Describe the diagnosis and symptom picture of PTSD and related disorders

Compare and contrast the DSM-IV and DSM-5 criteria for PTSD

Identify special challenges of assessing persons alleging emotional harm or trauma in personal injury, disability, and criminal contexts

Identify strengths and weaknesses of tests that are frequently used to assess trauma complaints in forensic contexts

Identify best practices when assessing litigants reporting emotional harm or trauma.

Identify special challenges of assessing complaints of emotional harm and trauma with persons from diverse backgrounds

Understand delayed onset of PTSD

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Presented By

Christina A. Pietz, PhD, ABPP

Christina A. Pietz, PhD, ABPP, is a Forensic Psychologist at the United States Medical Center for Federal Prisoners in Springfield, MO, and at Burrell Behavioral Health. She has completed psychological evaluations for federal courts throughout the United States, and she has testified as an expert wi...

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Program Partner

American Academy of Forensic Psychology (AAFP)

We are proud to partner with the American Academy of Forensic Psychology (AAFP) for this training. AAFP is a non-profit organization of board-certified forensic psychologists whose mission is to contribute to the development and maintenance of forensic psychology as a specialized field of study, research, and practice. The Academy does this by providing high-quality continuing education workshops, providing a forum for the exchange of scientific information among its members, and conferring awards upon outstanding students and practitioners in the field of forensic psychology.

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