Assessing Allegations of Trauma in Forensic Contexts

Assessing Allegations of Trauma in Forensic Contexts

$300.00

6 Hours | 6 CEs (CEUs)

 

 

Program Description

This self-paced training program on Assessing Allegations of Trauma in Forensic Contexts is presented by Dr. Christina Pietz.

Assessment of claims of emotional harm and trauma in therapeutic settings is very different from assessment of these matters in legal proceedings. This course provides an overview of the history and conception of the posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) diagnosis, including its introduction in the DSM-III. The diagnostic criteria of PTSD in the DSM-IV and DSM 5 are compared, and implications for forensic assessment are discussed. The challenges of assessing claims of emotional harm and trauma in forensic contexts are reviewed and best practices proposed, with specific consideration of the unique challenges that present in personal injury, disability, and criminal litigation. Thorough reviews of the Moral Emotional Numbing Test and Clinician-Administered PTSD Scale for DSM-5 (CAPS) are provided, as is a discussion of the utility of the MMPI-2 and PAI in assessment of complaints of emotional harm and trauma.

Intended Audience

This training program is intended for mental health and allied professionals, including psychologists, social workers, counselors, and marriage and family therapists. This training program is for beginner, intermediate, and advanced level clinicians.

Upon completion of this training program, participants should be able to:

     

  • Describe the development and history of the PTSD diagnosis
  • Describe the diagnosis and symptom picture of PTSD and related disorders
  • Describe the DSM-IV and DSM 5 criteria for PTSD
  • Describe special challenges of assessing persons alleging emotional harm or trauma in personal injury, disability, and criminal contexts
  • Describe the strengths and weaknesses of tests frequently used to assess trauma complaints in forensic contexts
  • Describe best practices when assessing litigants reporting emotional harm or trauma
  • Describe special challenges of assessing complaints of emotional harm and trauma with persons from diverse backgrounds
  • Describe the delayed onset of PTSD

About Dr. Christina Pietz

Dr. Christina Pietz is a Forensic Psychologist at the United States Medical Center for Federal Prisoners in Springfield, MO, and at Burrell Behavioral Health. She has completed psychological evaluations for federal courts throughout the United States, and she has testified as an expert witness in federal court, state court, and military court. Dr. Pietz is also Director of Forensic Training at the Forest Institute of Professional Psychology and Past President of the American Board of Forensic Psychology. Currently, she serves on the American Board of Psychology Board of Trustees as the representative for the American Board of Forensic Psychology.

Course Outline

  • Overview of the history and conception of PTSD
  • Compare the diagnostic criteria of PTSD in the DSM-IV and DSM 5
  • Review the utility of assessments such as the MMPI-2 and PAI in complaints of emotional harm and trauma.

Here’s what others are saying about this training:

Excellent information and outstanding presenter. Appreciated her giving opinions from her own experience.

Dr. Pietz is extremely knowledgeable, and an engaging speaker.

Dr. Pietz presented everything very clearly and matter-of-factly. Her expertise was clear.

Continuing Education Credit

This Distance Learning Course 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 6 CE hours upon completion of these requirements. The CE Certificate will become available for download upon completion of the course evaluation.

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

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