AAFP: Cultural Considerations in Forensic Psychology

Presented By Michelle R. Guyton, PhD, ABPP
Michelle R. Guyton, PhD, ABPP

7 hours | 7 CEs

This on-demand professional training program on Cultural Considerations in Forensic Psychology is presented by Michelle Guyton, PhD, ABPP, in partnership with the American Academy of Forensic Psychology (AAFP).

This program reviews the impact of culture, ethnicity, and language on interviewing, assessment, and diagnosis in the forensic context. Cognitive psychology, as it relates to implicit bias and decision-making, is also discussed. This program focuses on understanding this literature, how it relates to forensic practice, and expanding skills for conducting forensic mental health evaluations with culturally and linguistically diverse individuals. Topics described include cultural expressions of psychopathology, interviewing strategies, working with interpreters, and ethical considerations.

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 patterns of overrepresentation within the criminal justice system for individuals from non-dominant cultures

Describe how models of cognitive processing link to implicit bias

Describe cultural expressions of psychopathology

Describe professional resources that can facilitate understanding of an examinee’s culture and heritage

Describe strategies for working effectively with language interpreters

Describe how to consider culture and at what stage of the legal process based on referral question

Describe and respond to ethical conflicts that arise when psychologists evaluate people from cultures and backgrounds different from their own

Describe and use APA guidelines to assist when evaluating culturally and linguistically diverse individuals


Presented By

Michelle R. Guyton, PhD, ABPP

Michelle Guyton co-owns the Northwest Forensic Institute, providing evaluations and education in forensic psychology since 2008. She is a licensed psychologist and certified forensic evaluator in Oregon. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degree in psychology at Sam Houston State University and ...


1. Introduction

2. Culture x Criminal Justice

3. Culture - Definitions and Distractions

4. Is Talking About Culture Effective?

5. A Little Cognitive Psychology

6. Forensic Research with Diverse Groups

7. Interviewing Culturally & Linguistically Diverse People

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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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