This self-paced course focuses on Psychological Evaluation in Personal Injury and Civil Rights Cases is presented by Dr. William Foote. The development and current status of tort and civil right law are described, with a focus on how psychological injuries are conceptualized in personal injury and civil rights cases. Research on sexual harassment and sexual assault is reviewed and a five-stage model for evaluating plaintiffs in civil rights and personal injury cases is presented and discussed. The evaluation of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in civil plaintiffs is highlighted as is the use of assessment measures to assist in the determination of whether or the extent to which an evaluee is feigning or exaggerating. The process of evaluation, including preparation, data collection, interpretation, report writing, and testimony is also discussed.
The fee for this training program is $500.00 and participants should expect to commit approximately 20 CE 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 mental health professionals who conduct forensic evaluations or who intend to add forensic evaluation to their practice. Legal professionals will also find this workshop to be of particular interest if they are involved as counsel to plaintiffs or defendants in civil rights and personal injury litigation. This course is for beginner, intermediate, and advanced level clinicians.
Upon completion of this training program the participant will be able to:
– Describe the development and current status of tort and civil rights law
– Describe how psychological injuries occur in personal injury and civil rights cases
– Describe the research in sexual harassment
– Describe the research in sexual assault
– Describe a 5 stage model for evaluating plaintiffs
– Describe how to assess PTSD in civil contexts
– Describe assessment measures to determine exaggeration or malingering
About Dr. William Foote
Dr. William E. Foote received his Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico in 1978. He has been in private practice as a forensic psychologist since 1979 and has conducted over 3000 forensic evaluations. Dr. Foote has been a consultant to the Indian Health Service concerning forensic issues. He has consulted with the Albuquerque Police Department and New Mexico State Police in criminal investigations. Dr. Foote has taught courses in Psychology and the Law for the University of New Mexico School of Law and Department of Psychology. He has also served on the adjunct faculty of the University of New Mexico School of Medicine Psychiatry and Family Practice services. Dr. Foote has served as an officer in a number of professional organizations. He is a past President of the New Mexico Psychological Association and of APA’s Division 31. He was the Chair of the APA Committee on Legal Issues and of the Committee On Professional Practice and Standards, and served on the Board of Governors of the APA National College. He is a past-president of the American Psychology-Law Society (APA Division 41). He is a Diplomate by the American Board of Forensic Psychology since 1984.
This Course is designed for mental health professionals who want to learn how to conduct forensic evaluations in personal injury and civil rights cases or those who work in this area and want to ensure that they are up to date on current best practices in this area of practice. Legal professionals involved as counsel to plaintiffs or defendants in personal injury or civil rights cases will also find this course useful.
Participants will review and discuss key components the legal context for forensic evaluations in personal injury and civil rights cases
– Legal Context
– Forensic Mental Health Concepts
– Empirical Foundations and Limits
Participants will learn about how to conduct forensic evaluations in personal injury and civil rights cases
– Preparation for the Evaluation
– Data Collection
– Report Writing & Testimony
“This course is excellent! Loved the 5-step model.”
“Dr. Foote is incredibly knowledgeable and phenomenal speaker”
“I appreciate the thorough discussion of tort law and report writing.”
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 20 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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