Suggestibility and Confabulation: An Advanced Overview with Implications for Forensic Mental Health and Legal Professionals

Suggestibility and Confabulation: An Advanced Overview with Implications for Forensic Mental Health and Legal Professionals


1 Hour | 1 CE (CEU)



Program Description

This webinar on Suggestibility and Confabulation: An Advanced Overview with Implications for Forensic Mental Health and Legal Professionals is presented by Dr. Jerrod Brown. Two distinct distortions are suggestibility and confabulation. Suggestibility is defined as the acceptance of inaccurate information from an external source as truth, which is subsequently integrated into memory. In contrast, confabulation is the generation of a new memory to fill an existing gap in memory. Both types of memory distortions can be minor or major in magnitude and caused by individual-level (e.g., cognitive deficits) and environmental-level (e.g., intimidating situations) characteristics. In particular, forensic and legal settings are beset by conditions like repeated and leading questions and tense situations that increase the risk of memory distortions. This webinar is designed to increase awareness of suggestibility and confabulation among professionals working in forensic and legal settings. Topics covered include defining and distinguishing suggestibility and confabulation, reviewing the etiology of these distortions, and discussing the consequences of suggestibility and confabulation in criminal justice, forensic mental health, and legal settings.

Webinar Outline:

– Review suggestibility in forensic and legal settings
– Distinguish suggestibility and confabulation
– Consequences of suggestibility and confabulation

Intended Audience

This webinar is relevant for mental health professionals and legal professionals who want to understand suggestibility and confabulation in forensic mental health; 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:

1. Describe the ramifications of suggestibility and confabulation in forensic and legal settings
2. Describe individual-level risk factors (e.g., cognitive and personality) for suggestibility and confabulation
3. Describe best practices for minimizing the risk of suggestibility and confabulation

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.

Continuing Education Credit

This is a on demand webinar. To earn CE’s, you will have to complete the webinar quiz and evaluation for this live Webinar. No partial credit is available. For this webinar, you will need to pass the webinar quiz with 70% correct and complete a webinar evaluation form to earn the certificate. You can take the test as many times as necessary to pass. Participants will earn 1 CE hour 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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