Evaluation of Fitness for Duty: Foundations & Methods

Evaluation of Fitness for Duty: Foundations & Methods


6 Hours | 6 CEs (CEUs)


Program Description

This self-paced training program on Evaluation of Fitness for Duty: Foundations & Methods is presented by Dr. David M. Corey.

This program provides an overview of the major legal foundations and practice standards pertaining to fitness-for-duty evaluations (FFDEs), followed by introduction of a three-step model for assessing psychological fitness of incumbents in any position. Participants will practice applying the law, practice standards, and the integrative model to comprehensive, redacted case materials. Each case will include employment and other collateral records, mental health/medical records, findings from the clinical interview, and an MMPI-2-RF protocol.

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 legal threshold for mandating an FFDE
  • Describe the competing interests of the principal parties in FFDEs and strategies for balancing them
  • Describe the key federal statutes and case law relevant to FFDEs
  • Describe the benefits and primary goals of a referral conference preceding an FFDE
  • Describe the importance of, and strategies for, considering the impact of the examinee’s cultural self-identification when assessing fitness
  • Describe the utility of a model for assessing FFDE and the elements of one that is useful
  • Describe the appropriate legal and ethical limitations to be considered when preparing a written FFDE report for an employer

About Dr. David M. Corey

David M. Corey, Ph.D., ABPP is a licensed psychologist with nearly 40 years of experience performing high-stakes evaluations of candidates and employees in public safety positions (e.g., police officers, firefighters, emergency dispatchers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, federal law enforcement personnel) and other safety-sensitive positions, including physicians, nurses, and pilots. He is the founding president of the American Board of Police & Public Safety Psychology, and a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (Division 18). He is an ABPP board certified specialist in both forensic psychology and in police and public safety psychology. Dr. Corey’s practice consists primarily of conducting, teaching, and researching about preemployment psychological evaluations, fitness-for-duty evaluations, threat assessments, and competency-to-practice examinations, as well as testifying in civil cases involving such evaluations. He is licensed to practice psychology in Oregon, Hawaii, Washington, California, Utah, Arizona, and Ireland. He is co-author of Evaluation of Police Suitability and Fitness for Duty (Corey & Zelig, Oxford University Press)—a title in the series, “Best Practices in Forensic Mental Health Assessment” (Heilbrun, Grisso, & Goldstein). With Dr. Yossef Ben-Porath, he is the co-author of the MMPI-2-RF Police Candidate Interpretive Report (PCIR), the soon-to-be-released PCIR for the MMPI-3 and the textbook, Assessing Police and Other Public Safety Personnel Using the MMPI-2-RF: A Practical Guide (2018; University of Minnesota Press).

Course Outline

  • Overview of the major legal foundations
  • Practice standards pertaining to fitness-for-duty evaluations (FFDEs)
  • Introduction of a three-step model for assessing psychological fitness

Here’s what others are saying about this training:

A fantastic amount of information was presented, that was well organized and very relevant. This kind
of information is very difficult to obtain outside of this context.

Dr. Corey is a lively presenter who presents his excellent knowledge base well.

The significant knowledge base of the presenter coupled with humility and ease in his delivery style
was amazing.

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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