This webinar on Suggestibility in the Criminal Justice System: An Advanced Overview with Implications for Criminal Justice, Forensic Mental Health, and Legal Professionals is presented by Dr. Jerrod Brown. Suggestibility occurs when a person adopts inaccurate yet plausible information as accurate. Although the causes of suggestibility are many and varied, cognitive impairments (e.g., executive function and memory), social deficits (e.g., communication skills and self-esteem), and traumatic life experiences may contribute to the phenomenon. The potential for suggestibility is particularly dangerous in legal settings. Here, self-reported information strongly influences an individual’s capacity to participate in legal processes (e.g., legal decision making and standing trial). This is troubling because this information is used to charge and convict, perhaps resulting in false confessions and wrongful convictions. To protect against this possibility, this training intended to increase awareness of suggestibility among criminal justice, forensic mental health, and legal professionals. Topics addressed include defining suggestibility, reviewing situational and environmental features that elicit suggestibility, and identifying approaches to minimize suggestibility.
– Define suggestibility
– Review features that elicit suggestibility
– Identify approaches
This webinar is relevant for mental health professionals and legal professionals who want to understand how suggestibility can impact a defendant’s competence-related abilities, 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
2. Describe screening and assessment options for identifying individuals who may be prone to suggestibility
3. Describe questioning techniques that minimize the likelihood of suggestibility
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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