Critical Thinking in Forensic Psychological Evaluation

Critical Thinking in Forensic Psychological Evaluation


4 Hours | 4 CE’s (CEU’s)


Program Description

This self-paced training program on Critical Thinking in Forensic Psychological Evaluation is presented by Dr. Terry Kukor.

Although each type of forensic psychological evaluation addresses a different and specific question, this program focuses on the decision-making process that cuts across all types of forensic evaluations. Reviewed is research examining clinical decision-making and judgment under uncertainty. Specific critical thinking skills and potential threats to objectivity are reviewed in the context of the reasoning process that is necessary for effective interpretation and synthesis of data in forensic practice. Special attention is given to the management of bias in forensic evaluation.

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 threats to objectivity in forensic evaluation
  • Describe sources of potential decision-making bias
  • Describe strategies to minimize the influence of bias on the objective consideration of diversity
  • Describe factors (e.g., race, culture, sexual orientation) in forensic evaluation
  • Describe possible remedies to minimize the influence of bias

About Dr. Terry Kukor

Dr. Terry Kukor is a licensed psychologist and board certified in forensic psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology. For the last 15 years he has been the Director of Forensic and Specialized Assessment Services for Netcare Access in Columbus, Ohio. He holds adjunct faculty appointments in the Psychology Departments at Drexel University and Miami University, and in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health at The Ohio State University. Dr. Kukor has specialized in criminal forensic evaluation for more than 25 years, during which time he has performed a wide variety of forensic evaluations, including criminal responsibility, competence to stand trial, juvenile competency & waiver, violence risk assessment, and threat assessment. He regularly provides workshops for the American Academy of Forensic Psychology and is a threat assessment consultant for Work Trauma Services Inc. He performs and supervises criminal forensic evaluations on court-referred adults and juveniles, does fitness for duty evaluations for the Federal Aviation Administration, and consults with a regional office of the FBI. He is a national Co-Chair for the American Academy of Forensic Psychology CE Workshops.

Course Outline

  • Sources of error and threats to objectivity in forensic evaluation
  • What is critical thinking and why we should care about it
  • Socratic questioning
  • 12 critical thinking tasks
  • Critical thinking in a forensic context
  • Bias
  • Strategies for debiasing
  • Failure and success pathways in forensic evaluation

Here’s what others are saying about this training:

Dr. Kukor has such a sharp and analytic mind and possibly many years of considering so much data, resolving it to key findings, and communicating this to the courts has made him very professionally formidable

Online format was great! I’m surprised that I was able to learn just as much as I would during an in-person seminar!

Dr. Kukor’s presentation was comprehensive and very organized! He was easy to follow and presented a good balance of content and examples.

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 4 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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