Assessing Allegations of Trauma in Forensic Contexts

Assessing Allegations of Trauma in Forensic Contexts


6 Hours | 6 CEs


SKU: WL1555984367 Category:

Program Description

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.

The fee for this training program is $300 and includes all materials. In addition, case studies and other case-relevant materials are provided for training purposes. Participants should expect to commit approximately 6 hours to complete this training program. At the end of the training program, there is a quiz that must be passed with a 70% in order to advance in the course. Once the course is completed participants will complete a course evaluation and then will be able to print their certificate of completion.

Intended Audience

This course is relevant for psychologists–beginner, intermediate, and advanced.

Upon completion of this course, 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. Pietz is board certified in forensic psychology (ABPP) and has worked for the United States Medical Center for Federal Prisoners since 1990. In this capacity, she has conducted a wide variety of criminal forensic evaluations for federal courts, military courts, and state courts. She has served as president of the American Board of Forensic Psychology and a member of the Board of Trustees of the American Board of Professional Psychology.

Continuing Education Credit

This Distance Learning Course is a Home Study Training Program. To earn CE’s, you will have to complete the course quizzes and evaluation for this Home Study Distance Learning Course. No partial credit is available. For this course, you will need to pass the course quizzes with 70% correct and complete a course evaluation form to earn the certificate. You can take the test as many times as necessary to pass. Participants will earn 6 CE hours for completion once they have completed these requirements. Each participant will be able to print their CE certificate immediately after completing and passing the post-test and evaluation.
Board Approvals: APA, CPA. Click here for state and other regional board approvals.
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