Join us at Palo Alto University for In-Person Professional Training. These professional training opportunities are perfect for mental health and allied professionals, including psychologists, social workers, counselors, marriage & family therapists, law enforcement, correctional professionals, and those wishing to further develop their clinical practice.

  • Professional training by internationally recognized experts
  • Evidence-based best practices, relevant research outcomes, clinical applications
  • Build the knowledge, skill set, & expertise to take your practice to the next level

If you would like to ‘attend’ these workshops but cannot travel to Palo Alto – consider virtual attendance. We are pleased to offer virtual attendance for all our workshops via ZOOM. Virtual attendees will be emailed all the details to connect via ZOOM and will be sent electronic copies of all materials. Attend from anywhere!

The Role of Consultants and Expert Witness in Cases of Alleged False Confession

Dr. Brian Cutler

November 2, 2019

8:30am – 4:30pm

Palo Alto University, Los Altos Campus

This workshop will introduce participants to the phenomenon of false confessions and the role that consultants and expert witnesses play in false confession cases. Topics covered in this workshop include the role of false confessions in miscarriages of justice, the science underlying false confessions, personal and situational risk factors for false confessions, the content of false confessions, outcomes resulting from false confessions, and policies and procedures aimed at reducing the risk of false confessions. Particular attention will be paid to interrogation techniques and assessment of their coerciveness and potential for bringing about false confessions. Particular attention will be given to the roles of the consultant and expert witness from case intake through resolution.

The first part of this workshop focuses on the fundamental issues described above. The second part of the workshop involves applying the principles learned in the first part to case studies of interrogation. Participants will have the opportunity to view recorded interrogations, note the various risk factors for false confession within the interrogations, and engage in discussion of the cases with the workshop presenter.

The Behavioral Science of Firearms: A Mental Health Perspective on Guns, Suicide, and Violence

Dr. Gianni Pirelli

December 7, 2019

8:30am – 4:30pm

Palo Alto University, Los Altos Campus

In this workshop, Dr. Pirelli addresses the present and emerging issues related to the intersection of guns and mental health within the context of his Know (K), Ask (A), Do (D) framework. Namely, he will provide a comprehensive overview of firearms, including their history, relevant statistics, gun basics, gun-related subgroups, and firearm policies and laws. In addition, Dr. Pirelli addresses issues associated with guns and mental health, violence and domestic violence, and suicide. In addition, Dr. Pirelli will outline the emerging roles of mental health professionals in firearm-related matters, including those associated with evaluation, treatment, teaching, and research. Applied clinical concepts and case examples will be presented.

Exploring and Resolving Fears, Blocks and Resistances, and Enhancing Compassion Motivation through Motivational Interviewing

Dr. Stan Steindl

February 1-2, 2020

8:30am – 4:30pm

Palo Alto University, Los Altos Campus

Motivational Interviewing (MI) has long been used as an adjunct to a range of interventions, including psychological treatments such as cognitive-behavioural therapy. Compassion-focused therapy (CFT) has become increasingly popular over recent years, and has been found to be effective in increasing compassion and self-compassion, reducing depression, anxiety and psychological distress, and increasing life satisfaction and happiness. One important contribution of CFT is the identification of certain inhibitors (fears, blocks and resistances) and facilitators of compassion motivation and compassionate action. This workshop will explore these inhibitors and facilitators, and propose MI as an important, strategic approach to assisting people to explore and resolve inhibitors and enhance compassion motivation. The workshop will be highly experiential, help participants develop the spirit and core skills of MI, and provide practical therapeutic strategies that can be used to further assist clients of CFT.