AAFP Live: Multiculturalism in the Forensic Context (Sept 25)

AAFP Live: Multiculturalism in the Forensic Context (Sept 25)


9am – 1pm (Pacific) / Noon – 4pm (Eastern)

4 Hours / 4 CEs

Program Description

Multiculturalism in the Forensic Context: Are We Serious About It, and How Far Can We Go? | Friday, September 25, 2020

Psychologists have recognized the importance of culture to adequate understanding of an individual, yet standard texts on forensic psychology contain only very limited coverage of issues commonly labeled as “multicultural.” Addressed in this session are various factors accounting for the seeming lack of attention to these cultural concerns. Consideration of culture as a unidimensional construct is inherently problematic and has placed distinct limits on research paradigms that can and have been reasonably applied to relevant questions. These same limitations extend to the ways in which data from psychological testing can be used idiographically. Additional focus will be brought on pragmatics such as the role of language and, briefly, the use of interpreters.

Psychologists attending this session will be able to:

  • describe the differences between key concepts such as race, ethnicity, and culture and how they can complicate forensic work,
  • explain how culture, as a multidimensional construct expands and complicates psychologists’ ability to develop multicultural interpretations,
  • identify how cultural issues complicate interpretation of psychological tests, and
  • describe how language impacts cultural formulations and psychological evaluation.


Note: Given the importance of this topic, the American Academy of Forensic Psychology is pleased to offer free attendance to the first 300 registrants.

THANK YOU to everyone who took advantage of this generous offer; the free seats are now full. 


Presented by B. Thomas Gray, PhD, ABPP

B. Thomas Gray, PhD, ABPP is the Director of Training for the Colorado Office of Behavioral Health, Court Services Department. In that role, he conducts forensic evaluations, primarily of competency and criminal responsibility, and provides consultation and supervisory oversight for the department’s evaluators, including an active postdoctoral fellowship program. He also has a private practice providing guardianship and other forensic psychological evaluations.

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