Suggestibility and Theory of Mind (ToM) in Clinical and Forensic Settings

Presented By Jerrod Brown, PhD
Jerrod Brown, PhD

1 hour | 1 CEs

This On Demand professional training program on Suggestibility and Theory of Mind (ToM) in Clinical and Forensic Settings is presented by Jerrod Brown, PhD.

Suggestibility is the predisposition to adopt the inaccurate views of others as fact when recalling memories. This phenomenon can present a host of problems in mental health (e.g., Assessment and treatment) and criminal justice (e.g., false confessions and wrongful convictions) settings. Although the research is not conclusive at this point, one potential risk factor for suggestibility is low levels of theory of mind (ToM), particularly among youths. This is the ability to understand the mental states (e.g., emotions, intentions, and knowledge) of other people and, in turn, use this understanding to inform decisions and actions in social situations. The links between suggestibility and ToM may be traced to their shared origins in cognitive (e.g., executive function) and situational (e.g., social contexts) variables. The serious consequences of suggestibility in mental health and criminal justice settings warrant advanced training among the professionals that work in these contexts.

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.

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Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this program you will be able to:

Describe suggestibility and theory of mind

Describe the differences between the warning signs, risk factors, and etiologies of suggestibility and theory of mind

Describe appropriate screening and Assessmentpractices for those with suggestibility and/or theory of mind issues

Describe how suggestibility and theory of mind issues can impact interactions with the criminal justice, forensic mental health, and legal systems

Describe the current state of research on suggestibility and theory of mind and identify pathways forward for research

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Presented By

Jerrod Brown, PhD

Jerrod Brown, Ph.D., is a professor, trainer, researcher, and consultant with multiple years of experience teaching collegiate courses. Jerrod is also the founder and CEO of the American Institute for the Advancement of Forensic Studies (AIAFS) and the Editor-in-Chief of Forensic Scholars Today...

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