Executive Dysfunction in Clinical and Forensic Settings

Executive Dysfunction in Clinical and Forensic Settings


1 Hour | 1 CE (CEU)

Program Description

This webinar on Executive Dysfunction in Clinical and Forensic Settings is presented by Dr. Jerrod Brown.

Executive function is conceptualized as the skills that enable an individual to plan, organize, and complete goal-directed behaviors and tasks. These skills can include cognitive flexibility, attentional control, inhibitory control, working memory, and problem solving. However, problems with executive function have been linked to psychiatric disorders like attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD), and substance use and negative life outcomes including low educational attainment, employment problems, and antisocial behavior. For example, executive dysfunction is characterized by impulsivity and difficulty linking one’s behavior to consequences, both of which increase the risk for antisocial behavior. As such, executive dysfunction problems are commonplace among those in forensic psychiatric and correctional facilities. Because addressing executive dysfunction is essential in decreasing the risk of future antisocial behavior, this training increases the understanding of executive dysfunction-related problems among mental health and criminal justice professionals.

Intended Audience

This webinar is relevant for mental health professionals and legal professionals who want to understand how executive dysfunction can impact in clinical and forensic settings, including those working in forensic, clinical, criminal justice, health care, social service, and educational settings. This webinar is for beginner, intermediate, and advanced level clinicians.

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

  • Describe the risk factors, etiology, and definitional features of executive dysfunction
  • Describe how executive dysfunction can contribute to antisocial behavior and criminal justice-involvement
  • Describe appropriate screening and assessment options for executive dysfunction
  • Describe evidence-based interventions and treatments for executive dysfunction
  • Describe the current state of criminal justice and forensic mental health research literature on executive dysfunction along with gaps in knowledge

About Dr. Jerrod Brown

Jerrod Brown, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor, Program Director, and lead developer for the Master of Arts degree in Human Services with an emphasis in Forensic Behavioral Health for Concordia University, St. Paul, Minnesota. Jerrod has also been employed with Pathways Counseling Center in St. Paul, Minnesota for the past sixteen years. Pathways provides programs and services benefiting individuals impacted by mental illness and addictions. Jerrod is also 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). 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 has published numerous articles and book chapters, and recently co-authored the book Forensic Mental Health: A Source Guide for Professionals (Brown & Weinkauf, 2018) with Erv Weinkauf.

Webinar Outline

  • Understanding of executive dysfunction
  • Discuss problems related to behavior
  • Discuss cognitive flexibility

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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