Suggestibility in Children: Clinical and Forensic Considerations Webinar

Suggestibility in Children: Clinical and Forensic Considerations Webinar


1 Hour | 1 CE (CEU)



Program Description

This webinar on Suggestibility in Children: Clinical and Forensic Considerations is presented by Dr. Jerrod Brown.  Although suggestibility may occur at any age, children may be particularly vulnerable depending on the environment and a host of social, emotional, and psychological variables. This risk is due to cognitive factors (e.g., memory and attentional capacity) and social factors (e.g., psychosocial immaturity and avoidance coping styles) that are heavily influenced by human development. As such, the likelihood of suggestibility substantially decreases as a child advances into adolescence and adulthood. Beyond these cognitive and social factors, suggestibility is also influenced by situational factors including leading and repetitive questions and the presentation of false information. Such situational features are commonplace in clinical and forensic settings (e.g., police interrogations and trials), which raises concerns that children may be prone to memory disturbances with harmful legal consequences (e.g., false confessions and wrongful convictions). This webinar is designed to help assist professionals in clinical and forensic settings to decrease the likelihood of suggestibility among children. Topics addressed include defining suggestibility, discussing the developmental needs of children, identify tactics to maximize the accuracy of memories, and reviewing the needs of future research.

Webinar Outline:

– Review suggestibility in children
– Identify tactics for memory recall
– Discuss future research possibilities

Intended Audience

This webinar is relevant for mental health professionals and legal professionals who want to understand suggestibility in forensic and clinical 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.

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

1. Describe the forensic and legal implications of suggestibility in children
2. Describe situational, cognitive, and social factors that contribute to suggestibility in children
3. Describe about interview approaches that reduce the risk of suggestibility in children

About Dr. Jarrod 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 recorded webinar. To earn CE’s, you will have to complete the webinar quiz and evaluation for this recorded 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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