AAFP Live: Cultural Considerations in Forensic Psychology (Oct. 30)

AAFP Live: Cultural Considerations in Forensic Psychology (Oct. 30)


8am – 4pm (Pacific) / 11am – 7pm (Eastern)

7 Hours / 7 CEs

SKU: 194836 Category:

Program Description

Cultural Considerations in Forensic Psychology | Friday, October 30, 2020

This workshop provides a review of 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. The focus is 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 include cultural expressions of psychopathology, interviewing strategies, working with interpreters, and ethical considerations.

Psychologists attending this session will be able to:

  • Classify patterns of overrepresentation within the criminal justice system for individuals from non-dominant cultures
  • Demonstrate how models of cognitive processing link to implicit bias
  • Describe cultural expressions of psychopathology
  • Identify professional resources that can facilitate understanding of an examinee’s culture and heritage
  • Enumerate strategies for working effectively with language interpreters
  • Identify how to consider culture and at what stage of the legal process based on referral question
  • Identify and respond to ethical conflicts that arise when psychologists evaluate people from cultures and backgrounds different from their own
  • Identify and use APA guidelines to assist when evaluating culturally and linguistically diverse individuals



Presented by Michelle Guyton, Ph.D.,ABPP

Michelle Guyton, Ph.D., ABPP is a licensed psychologist and certified forensic evaluator in Oregon at Northwest Forensic Institute, LLC (NWFI). She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in psychology at Sam Houston State University and her doctorate at the University of Utah. She came to Oregon in 2005 where she completed residency training at the Oregon Department of Corrections. Dr. Guyton was a faculty member at the School of Graduate Psychology at Pacific University in Hillsboro, Oregon for ten years. She and her students conducted research examining violence risk assessment, inmates’ adjustment to prison, and forensic assessment instruments. Dr. Guyton is the director of the Oregon Forensic Evaluator Training Program and is the training director for NWFI’s postdoctoral fellowship and practicum student programs. Her clinical practice focuses on criminal forensic psychology as well as personal injury, fitness for duty, and IMEs. Dr. Guyton volunteers with the American Academy of Forensic Psychology to provide continuing education programs throughout the United States. When not working, she enjoys spending time with her family, riding her bike, and watching little league baseball.