This online 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 4-hour workshop 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.
- Sources of error and threats to objectivity in forensic evaluation
- A brief history of critical thinking
- What is critical thinking and why we should care about it
- Socratic questioning
- 12 critical thinking tasks
- Critical thinking in a forensic context
- Strategies for debiasing
- Failure and success pathways in forensic evaluation
This intermediate-level workshop is aimed at participants with some forensic experience, as we will be applying conceptual material about critical thinking and bias to the process of formulating opinions in forensic evaluations.
Upon completion of this webinar, 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 Terry Kukor
Terry Kukor, Ph.D., ABPP, 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.
Continuing Education Credit
This Distance Learning Recorded Webinar is an online Training Program. To earn CE’s, you will have to complete the webinar quiz and evaluation for this Distance Learning Recorded Webinar. No partial credit is available. For this webinar, you will need to pass the webinar quiz with 70% correct and complete a webinar evaluation form to earn the certificate. You can take the test as many times as necessary to pass. Participants will earn 5 CE hour 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.
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