Forensic Aspects of Suggestibility Webinar

Forensic Aspects of Suggestibility Webinar


1 Hour | 1 CE (CEU)

Program Description

This webinar on Forensic Aspects of Suggestibility is presented by Dr. Jerrod Brown.

Suggestibility can be defined as the proneness of an individual to accept and adopt the views of another person as truth. For example, when confronted by someone else’s explanation of an event, individuals prone to suggestibility may adopt this alternate explanation as their own memory of the event. Although the behavioral and environmental etiological origins of vulnerability to suggestibility are dynamic and complex, suggestions can be inspired by a range of stimuli from verbal and non-verbal communication with another person to reading text or exposure to various forms of media. Suggestibility can also occur in individuals involved in high-stress situations. For example, in a courtroom setting, the use of repetitious lines of questioning may exacerbate the likelihood of suggestibility, false confessions and wrongful convictions. Awareness of suggestibility is of paramount concern in settings such as the criminal justice system where self-reported information is used to make life-altering decisions. Suggestibility’s impact on memory can have a deleterious influence on justice at each and every point in the criminal justice system. In this session, the presenter addresses the phenomenon of suggestibility and its implications for criminal justice, forensic mental health, and legal systems.

Intended Audience

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

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

  • Describe suggestibility and its subtypes
  • Describe warning signs and risk factors for suggestibility
  • Describe the wide-ranging deleterious impacts of suggestibility in the criminal justice, forensic mental health, and legal systems
  • Describe the challenges that forensic mental health professionals face in assessing individuals who are prone to suggestibility
  • Describe approaches and techniques to limit the potential impact of suggestibility in criminal justice, forensic mental health, and legal settings


About Dr. Jerrod Brown

Jerrod Brown, Ph.D., is the Treatment Director for Pathways Counseling Center, Inc. Pathways provides programs and services benefiting individuals impacted by mental illness and addictions. Jerrod is also the lead developer of an online Master of Arts degree in Human Services with an emphasis in Forensic Behavioral Health from Concordia University, St. Paul, Minnesota, 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) and the Journal of Special Populations (JSP). 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 is certified as a Youth Firesetter Prevention/Intervention Specialist, Thinking for a Change (T4C) Facilitator, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Trainer, and a Problem Gambling Treatment Provider.

Webinar Outline

This webinar covers the basics of suggestibility and the criminal justice system, forensic mental health, and legal systems.

  • Warning signs and risk factors
  • Impacts of Suggestibility
  • Challenges of Suggestibility

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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