Evaluations of Police Suitability and Fitness for Duty (Zoom) | June 15, 2020
Dr. David M. Corey and Dr. Mark Zelig
June 15, 2020
8:30am – 4:30pm
Palo Alto University, Los Altos Campus
7 Hours | 7 CEs
This live training on Evaluations of Police Suitability and Fitness for Duty is presented by Dave Corey, PhD, ABPP & Mark Zelig, PhD, ABPP.
This workshop provides a comprehensive overview of the two most common psychological evaluations conducted by police psychologists: evaluations of the psychological suitability of police candidates and the psychological fitness of incumbent police officers. Participants will first learn the most prominent federal laws and regulations, professional practice guidelines, and ethical standards pertinent to these evaluations. The presenters will also provide detailed procedural guidance, including advice for obtaining informed consent, providing disclosure to the involved parties, conducting clinical and collateral interviews, selecting written assessment instruments, integrating the assessment findings to reach determinations of suitability and fitness, and preparing written reports and testimony that anticipate their various audiences and uses.
We are pleased to offer virtual attendance for all our workshops via ZOOM. Virtual attendees will be emailed all the details to connect via ZOOM and will be sent electronic copies of all materials.
This is the ZOOM registration. If you would like to attend in-person, please click here to register.
Upon completion of this webinar, participants should be able to:
- Describe the relevance of no fewer than three federal statutes to police suitability and fitness evaluations
- Describe the relevance of four sets of professional practice guidelines to police suitability and fitness evaluations
- Describe provisions in your informed consent document that will decrease the likelihood of ethical and legal issues from arising when you provide suitability or fitness evaluations
- Describe the evaluation procedures common to both police suitability and fitness evaluations, as well as procedures that are unique to each
- Describe the advantages of using a data integration model in police suitability and fitness evaluations
- Describe methods for avoiding four common errors in writing police suitability and fitness evaluations
The intended audience for this workshop includes mental health and allied professionals who are able to conduct pre-employment evaluations for police and public safety personnel (check your jurisdiction for professional requirements). This workshop is appropriate for beginner, intermediate, and advanced clinicians.
This workshop provides a comprehensive overview of the two most common psychological evaluations conducted by police psychologists:
- Evaluations of the psychological suitability of police candidates
- The psychological fitness of incumbent police officers
Participants will learn:
- The most prominent federal laws and regulations
- Professional practice guidelines
- Ethical standards pertinent to these evaluations
The presenters will also cover procedural guidance, including:
- Advice for obtaining informed consent
- Providing disclosure to the involved parties
- Conducting clinical and collateral interviews
- Selecting written assessment instruments
- Integrating the assessment findings to reach determinations of suitability and fitness
- Preparing written reports and testimony that anticipate their various audiences and uses
About the Presenters
Dr. David Corey is a licensed psychologist with 40 years of experience performing high-stakes evaluations of applicants and employees in public safety positions (e.g., police officers, firefighters, emergency dispatchers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, federal law enforcement positions). 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 performing and researching evaluations of police suitability and fitness for duty, as well as testifying and teaching about them. He is licensed to practice psychology in Oregon, Hawaii, Washington, California, Utah, Arizona, and Ireland. Dr. Corey has authored or coauthored more than 30 peer-reviewed research manuscripts, book chapters, and books, including Evaluations of Police Suitability and Fitness for Duty (Corey & Zelig, 2020; Oxford University Press), Assessing Police and Other Public Safety Personnel Using the MMPI-2-RF (Corey & Ben-Porath, 2018; University of Minnesota Press), and the California POST Psychological Screening Manual (Spilberg & Corey, 2019; California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training). With Dr. Yossef Ben-Porath, he is the co-author of the MMPI-2-RF Police Candidate Interpretive Report (PCIR) and the upcoming MMPI-3 PCIR.
Dr. Mark Zelig served as a lieutenant on the Salt Lake City Police department. Before retiring in 2001, he earned his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Alabama. He is board certified in Clinical Psychology, Forensic Psychology, and Police and Public Safety Psychology. Dr. Zelig has a national independent practice in forensic and police psychology, with offices in Utah and Alaska. He frequently serves as an expert witness for civil and criminal cases involving pychologically-based evidence. He conducts fitness-for-duty and pre-employment evaluations for high risk professions and for impaired professionals. He has served in numerous governance positions within APA and IACP, including chairing the Police and Public Safety Psychology Section of the American Psychological Association (APA). He has a combined total of more than 140 professional publications, presentations, and workshops. He is the co-author (along with David Corey) of an upcoming book entitled, Evaluations of Police Suitability and Fitness for Duty, published by Oxford University Press as part of their series on Best Practices for Forensic Mental Health Assessments.
This is a live workshop and is available for live CE credit.
Our goal is to make this as interactive an experience as possible for those who attend virtually by zoom. Please expect to share your webcam and unmute yourself to ask questions and make comments, just as you would if you were to attend in person. There will be someone in each workshop room who is monitoring zoom attendees and who will alert the presenter to questions or comments from virtual attendees.
Please alert the room monitor to your question or comment by typing a “?” In the chat box and then wait to be called on. You will then be able to unmute your microphone and ask your question or make your comment. If you do not have a microphone, please type your question or comment in the chat box and the room monitor will read it aloud to the presenter. Whenever possible, we prefer that you share your webcam when asking a question so the presenter and in person attendees can see you, making for a nicer experience for all 🙂
Please note that the times for this workshop are 8:30am – 4:30pm USA Pacific time zone. Please make the necessary time zone adjustments when adding this workshop to your calendar.
9:30am – 5:30pm Mountain with lunch from 1pm-2pm | 10:30am – 6:30pm Central with lunch from 2pm-3pm | 11:30am – 7:30pm Eastern with lunch from 3pm-4pm | Check all other time zones here
Continuing Education Credit
This is a Live In-Person Training Program. To earn CE’s, you will be required to complete the evaluation for this workshop. No partial credit is available. Participants will earn 7 CE hours for this workshop upon full attendance and completion of the workshop evaluation. Certificates will be sent electronically as PDFs available for download and printing.
Board Approvals: APA, CPA, ASWB, NBCC Click here for state and other regional board approvals. This workshop has been approved by the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) for 7 CPE credits.
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