ABPPSP: Police Use of Force: What Psychologists Need To Know

Presented By Mark Zelig, PhD, ABPP
Mark Zelig, PhD, ABPP

4 Hours | 4 CEs

This on-demand professional training program on Police Use of Force: What Psychologists Need to Know is presented by Mark Zelig, PhD, ABPP in partnership with the American Board of Police and Public Safety Psychology (ABPPSP). This program is POST CPE approved for 4 CE hours.

In the past two years, North American law enforcement agencies have received considerable scrutiny because of several well-publicized incidents of excessive force, especially toward various minority and cultural groups. Presented by a psychologist who has 25 years of experience as a sworn police officer, this program reviews the existing "force" science, the relationship between implicit biases and force deployment, and identifies areas in which psychological science can help law enforcement increase the safety of police officers and the citizens whom they serve.

Note: The presentation displays videos of use-of-force encounters. This may be stressful to some participants.

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

APA, ASWB, CPA, NBCC Click here for state and other regional board approvals.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this program you will be able to:

Describe the force continuum and the base rate of deadly force deployments in the United States

Describe at least three studies that have correlated poor executive functioning with implicit bias and inappropriate force decisions

Describe three studies in force science and the impact of those studies on police officers and police academy curricula

Describe three examples of deadly force misinformation held by activists and police officers


Presented By

Mark Zelig, PhD, ABPP

Mark Zelig served as a lieutenant on the Salt Lake City Police Department. Before retiring in 2001, he earned his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Alabama. He is board certified in Clinical Psychology, Forensic Psychology, and Police and Public Safety Psychology. Dr. Zelig has a n...


1. Program Introduction

2. Officer Survival Movement

3. Racial Disparities

4. Executive Functioning

5. Advocating for Police

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Program Partner

American Board of Police and Public Safety Psychology (ABPPSP)

We are proud to partner with The American Board of Police and Public Safety Psychology (ABPPSP) for this training. ABPPSP became a fully affiliated specialty board of the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) on October 21, 2011. Police and Public Safety Psychology is concerned with assisting law enforcement and other public safety personnel and agencies in carrying out their missions and societal functions with optimal effectiveness, safety, health, and conformity to laws and ethics. It consists of the application of the science and profession of psychology in four primary domains of practice: assessment, clinical intervention, operational support, and organizational consultation.

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