Suggestibility, Compliance, and Autism Spectrum Disorder in Clinical and Forensic Settings | November 11, 2020

Suggestibility, Compliance, and Autism Spectrum Disorder in Clinical and Forensic Settings | November 11, 2020


1 Hour | 1 CE (CEU)

10:00 am – 11:00pm Pacific | 11:00am – 12:00pm Mountain

12:00pm – 1:00pm Central | 1:00pm – 2:00pm Eastern

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Program Description

This webinar on Suggestibility, Compliance, and Autism Spectrum Disorder in Clinical and Forensic Settings presented by Dr. Jerrod Brown.

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disorder distinguished by communication deficits (i.e., language and non-verbal) and behavioral irregularities (e.g., repetitive actions). The presentation of these symptoms can vary widely in presence and severity, which contributes to a great deal of heterogeneity within this diagnostic spectrum. For instance, social abilities and performance on intelligence measures differ substantially across individuals with ASD. Regardless of the ultimate manifestation of ASD, individuals with this disorder, relative to the general population, are at an increased risk for worse outcomes in a variety of settings (e.g., education, work, and home). In particular, individuals with ASD who become involved in the criminal justice system are likely to experience of host of challenges and difficulties. Complicating matters, the communication and behavioral symptoms of ASD make it difficult to adequately participate in the different stages of the criminal justice system (i.e., arrest, interrogation, trial, and corrections). Of serious concern are settings where individuals with ASD are interrogated by police officers or cross-examined by lawyers. Here, the combination of ASD symptoms with the strenuous demands of the context (e.g., high stress and confusing) can deleteriously interact to result in compliance or even suggestibility. Compliance can be defined as the degree that a person will acquiesce to the requests or demands of another individual. In contrast, suggestibility is the predisposition to uncritically believe and incorporate false information from external sources into one’s memory of an event. The risk of compliance or suggestibility among individuals with ASD is only exasperated by leading and repeated questions, negative feedback, and misinformation, all of which are commonplace during interrogations and cross-examinations. In instances of either compliance or suggestibility, there is risk of false confessions and wrongful convictions. To prevent these deleterious outcomes, criminal justice and forensic mental health interviewers need a strong understanding of ASD and how to adequately account for this disorder during criminal justice and legal interactions.

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

  • Describe the causes and symptoms of ASD
  • Describe ways to improve the identification of ASD in criminal justice and forensic mental health settings
  • Describe the role of ASD in compliance and suggestibility
  • Describe skills that minimize the risk of compliance and suggestibility
  • Describe the empirically-based literature associated with ASD, compliance, and suggestibility

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.

Continuing Education Credit

This is a live webinar. To earn CE’s, you will have to complete the webinar evaluation. No partial credit is available. For this live webinar, you will need to complete an evaluation form to earn the certificate. Participants will earn 1 CE credit hour for this live webinar. Each participant will be able to print their CE certificate immediately after completing the webinar evaluation.

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Webinar Outline

  • Understanding of ASD
  • Understanding of suggestibility
  • Differences between ASD and suggestibility

Intended Audience

This webinar is relevant for mental health professionals and legal professionals who want to understand how ASD 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.