Confabulation and Suggestibility: Clinical, Forensic, and Judicial Considerations

Confabulation and Suggestibility: Clinical, Forensic, and Judicial Considerations


1.5 Hours | 1.5 CEs (CEUs)

Program Description

This webinar on Confabulation and Suggestibility: Clinical, Forensic, and Judicial Considerations is presented by Dr. Jerrod Brown.

In this 90-minute training, participants learn about confabulation and suggestibility within clinical, forensic, and judicial settings through a review of relevant research findings, case law, and clinical case studies. Specifically, the training focuses on the impact of confabulation and suggestibility on mental health assessment and treatment completion, arrest and arraignment, false confessions, testimony, competency to stand trial, and other aspects of the criminal justice system process. This includes an overview of the roles of confabulation and suggestibility in an interview and interrogative settings. Participants can expect to better understand the contributing factors, red flag indicators, and controversies and misconceptions of confabulation and suggestibility. The training concludes with a discussion of the potential benefits of routine screening for confabulation and suggestibility among clinical and forensic populations.

Intended Audience

This webinar is relevant for mental health professionals and legal professionals who want to understand how suggestibility can impact a defendant’s competence-related abilities, including those working in forensic, clinical, criminal justice, health care, social service, and educational settings. This webinar is for beginner, intermediate, and advanced level professionals.

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

  • Describe key research findings, statistics, and concepts associated with confabulation and suggestibility
  • Describe a basic understanding of confabulation and suggestibility within clinical, forensic, and judicial settings
  • Describe the concepts of confabulation, and suggestibility
  • Describe the challenges that confabulation and suggestibility can present for clinical and forensic professionals
  • Describe basic knowledge of the Gudjonsson Suggestibility Scales (GSS)
  • Describe the topic of interrogative suggestibility and confabulation within interrogation settings
  • Describe the controversies and misconceptions associated with confabulation and suggestibility


About Dr. Jerrod Brown

Jerrod Brown, Ph.D., is the Treatment Director for Pathways Counseling Center, Inc. Pathways provides programs and services benefiting individuals impacted by mental illness and addictions. Jerrod is also the lead developer of an online Master of Arts degree in Human Services with an emphasis in Forensic Behavioral Health from Concordia University, St. Paul, Minnesota, 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) and the Journal of Special Populations (JSP). 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 is certified as a Youth Firesetter Prevention/Intervention Specialist, Thinking for a Change (T4C) Facilitator, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Trainer, and a Problem Gambling Treatment Provider.

Webinar Outline

The principal aim of this webinar is to familiarize mental health and legal professionals with confabulation and its unique challenges and significant management problems for health care, mental health, and criminal justice professionals

“Dr. Brown is extremely knowledgeable in confabulation and suggestibility and explains the research with great detail.”

“This webinar was excellent! Dr. Brown provided relevant case examples and additional resources for more information.”

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 1 CE hour upon completion of these requirements. Each participant will be able to download and print the CE certificate upon completion of the final evaluation.

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

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