Adaptive Functioning Deficits in Clinical and Forensic Settings

Adaptive Functioning Deficits in Clinical and Forensic Settings


1 Hour | 1 CE (CEU)

Program Description

This webinar on Adaptive Functioning Deficits in Clinical and Forensic Settings is presented by Dr. Jerrod Brown.

Adaptive functioning can be defined as an individual’s capacity to navigate the typical practical (e.g., daily living skills, organization, time management), social (e.g., social responsibility, problem solving, interpersonal communication), and conceptual (e.g., reasoning, judgement, self-direction) demands of everyday life at a normative level. Deficits in adaptive functioning can make it very difficult for an individual to successfully fulfill personal responsibilities and cope with challenges as they arise. In particular, adaptive functioning deficits can present a number of problems in clinical, forensic, and legal settings from the point of arrest and trial to incarceration and community supervision (i.e., probation and parole). For instance, suspects and defendants with adaptive functioning deficits may struggle (a) in comprehending their legal rights and (b) when questioned in police interviews and trial settings. Within mental health treatment settings, adaptive functioning deficits may lead to poor treatment outcomes when such issues have not been properly identified, managed, and supported. In light of these issues, there is a strong need for advanced training on adaptive functioning deficits among clinical, forensic, and legal professionals. This training is designed to increase awareness of adaptive functioning deficits among professionals working in clinical, forensic and legal settings.

Intended Audience

This webinar is relevant for mental health professionals and legal professionals who want to understand how adaptive dysfunction can impact in clinical and forensic settings, including those working in forensic, clinical, criminal justice, health care, social service, and educational settings. This webinar is for beginner, intermediate, and advanced level clinicians.

Upon completion of this webinar, participants should be able to:

  • Describe a working knowledge of adaptive functioning and its etiological origins
  • Describe screening and assessment options for adaptive functioning
  • Describe intervention, treatment, and case management options for individuals with adaptive functioning deficits who are involved in the criminal justice and mental health systems
  • Describe the consequences of adaptive functioning deficits in clinical, forensic, and legal settings
  • Describe the current state of research literature and identify future directions

About Dr. Jerrod Brown

Jerrod Brown, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor, Program Director, and lead developer for the Master of Arts degree in Human Services with an emphasis in Forensic Behavioral Health for Concordia University, St. Paul, Minnesota. Jerrod has also been employed with Pathways Counseling Center in St. Paul, Minnesota for the past sixteen years. Pathways provides programs and services benefiting individuals impacted by mental illness and addictions. 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 (FST). Jerrod has completed four separate master’s degree programs and holds graduate certificates in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Other Health Disabilities (OHD), and Traumatic-Brain Injuries (TBI). Jerrod has published numerous articles and book chapters, and recently co-authored the book Forensic Mental Health: A Source Guide for Professionals (Brown & Weinkauf, 2018) with Erv Weinkauf.

Webinar Outline

  • Understanding of adaptive dysfunction
  • Discuss problems related to behavior
  • Discuss treatment outcomes

Continuing Education Credit

This Distance Learning Recorded Webinar is a Home Study Training Program. To earn CEs you are required to complete all course materials, quizzes, and the evaluation. No partial credit is available. A score of 70% is required to proceed; you will be able to re-take any quiz on which you score less than 70%. Participants will earn [#] CE hour(s) upon completion of these requirements. The CE certificate will become available for download upon completion of the webinar evaluation.

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

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