This course focuses on preparing for board certification in forensic psychology and is presented by Richart L. Demier. Participants examine the benefits of board certification, the application and examination process in detail. Common pitfalls encountered by applicants are explored, and strategies for avoiding such errors are presented and discussed. The course focuses on how to locate current resources to guide their progress toward board certification and the steps involved in acquiring board certification. The course describes fundamental concepts that differentiate forensic psychology from other types of psychology and how to differentiate between race, ethnicity, and culture, and consider those concepts when making choices about how to assess individuals from diverse backgrounds. The importance of mental health case law approaches to understanding cases and relevant case law, differences between the fields of law and psychology are discussed.
The fee for this training program is $150 and participants should expect to commit approximately 3 hours to complete this training program. At the end of the training program, there is a quiz that must be passed with a 70% in order to advance in the course. Once the course is completed participants will complete a course evaluation and then will be able to print their certificate of completion.
This course is relevant for psychologists–beginner, intermediate, and advanced.
Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to:
– Describe three reasons that board certification is valuable
– Describe how to locate current resources to guide their progress toward board certification
– Describe how to identify the steps involved in acquiring board certification in forensic psychology
– Describe fundamental concepts that differentiate forensic psychology from other types of psychology
– Describe how to differentiate between race, ethnicity, and culture, and consider those concepts when making choices about how to assess individuals from diverse backgrounds
– Describe fundamental differences between the fields of law and psychology
– Describe how to employ a schema to assist in their understanding of relevant case law
About Dr. Rick DeMier
For over 20 years,Dr. Rick DeMier has practiced clinical and forensic psychology at the U.S. Medical Center for Federal Prisoners, a major medical referral center within the Federal Bureau of Prisons. At that facility, he conducts forensic evaluations for federal courts throughout the country. The most common referral questions include competence to proceed, restoration of competency, mental state at the time of an alleged offense, and risk assessment. He also conducts evaluations of sentenced federal prisoners to determine whether they require inpatient mental health hospitalization, and he is sometimes called to participate in civil commitment proceedings. In addition to his clinical duties, he spent eleven years as Internship Program Coordinator for the facility’s APA-accredited predoctoral internship. In 1984, Dr. DeMier received his Bachelor’s degree in psychology at the University of Missouri, and in 1994, he earned his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. He completed his internship in clinical psychology at the Florida Mental Health Institute, a component of the University of South Florida in Tampa. Following graduation, he began his career at the U.S. Medical Center for Federal Prisoners, where he completed a postdoctoral fellowship in forensic psychology prior to obtaining a staff position. He became board certified in forensic psychology in 2001. Since 2008, he has served as a member of the Faculty of Examiners for the American Board of Forensic Psychology. In that role, he reviews practice samples and serves as an oral examiner for candidates for board certification. He was recently elected to the Executive Board of the American Board of Forensic Psychology. He contributed a chapter,Forensic Report Writing, to the second edition of the Handbook of Forensic Psychology. He is co-author, with Randy Otto, Ph.D., and Marcus Boccaccini, Ph.D., of Forensic Reports and Testimony: A Guide to Effective Communication for Psychologists and Psychiatrists, which was published by Wiley last year. He is also co-author of two books on mental health case law,Examinations of Competency to Stand Trial: Foundations in Mental Health Case Law, and Examinations of Criminal Responsibility: Foundations in Mental Health Case Law.
Continuing Education Credit
This Distance Learning Course is a Home Study Training Program. To earn CE’s, you will have to complete the course quizzes and evaluation for this Home Study Distance Learning Course. No partial credit is available. For this course, you will need to pass the course quizzes with 70% correct and complete a course evaluation form to earn the certificate. You can take the test as many times as necessary to pass. Participants will earn 3 CE hours 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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