The Role of Consultants and Expert Witness in Cases of Disputed Confessions

The Role of Consultants and Expert Witness in Cases of Disputed Confessions


10 Hours | 10 CEs (CEUs)


Program Description

This self-paced training program on The Role of Consultants and Expert Witness in Cases of Disputed Confessions is presented by Dr. Brian Cutler and Jeffrey Kaplan, MSc..

This training program discusses to the role that psychologists play as consultants and expert witnesses in disputed confession cases, from case intake through resolution. Topics covered include the role of false confessions in miscarriages of justice, the science underlying false confessions, how to identify personal and situational risk factors for false confessions, the content of false confessions, and policies and procedures aimed at reducing the risk of false confessions. Particular attention will be paid to the assessment of videotaped interrogations for coercion and risk factors for false confession and delivering findings to the courts.

Intended Audience

This training program is intended for mental health and allied professionals, including psychologists, social workers, counselors, and marriage and family therapists. This training program is for beginner, intermediate, and advanced level clinicians.


Upon completion of this training program, participants should be able to:

  • Describe the role that false confessions play in miscarriages of justice of a variety of types
  • Describe the characteristics that render individuals particularly susceptible to false confessions
  • Describe situational factors that heighten an individual’s risk for false confession
  • Describe the process by which false confessions can seem as compelling to observers as true confessions
  • Describe contemporary policies and procedures designed to mitigate the risk of false confessions.
  • Describe the process by which interrogations are evaluated for false confession risk factors
  • Describe the roles that the consultant and expert witness play in cases of potential false confession

About Dr. Brian Cutler & Jeffrey Kaplan, MSc

Dr. Brian Cutler began serving as a consultant and expert witness in 1989 on cases involving risk factors for mistaken eyewitness identifications and mistaken eyewitness memories and has to date consulted in more than 200 cases. In 2013, Dr. Cutler began serving as a consultant and expert witness in cases involving the risk factors for false accusations and false confessions, and to date has consulted in more than 40 cases. Dr. Cutler has consulted and testified in criminal (juvenile and adult) and civil cases (human rights and accident cases), depositions, hearings regarding admissibility of expert testimony, motions to suppress eyewitness identifications and confessions, ineffectiveness of counsel hearings, post-convinction appeals, bench trials, and jury trials.

Jeffrey Kaplan, MS holds a MSC in forensic psychology from the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, and a B.A. (Hons) in psychology and criminal justice from the University of Winnipeg. His areas of expertise is the evaluation of police interrogations and false confessions.

Course Outline

  • The role that consultants and expert witnesses play in false confession cases
  • The science underlying false confessions
  • Personal and situational risk factors for false confessions

Here’s what others are saying about this training:

It was very comprehensive and informative. I appreciated getting an overview of how he handles
referrals and cases.

Appreciated the videos to illustrate the multiple ways that false confessions may be coerced or elicited.

Thanks for presenting on this area – highly specialized, not well understood and often not pursued. I don’t recall seeing other workshops on this topic, so well done.

Continuing Education Credit

This Distance Learning Course is a Home Study Training Program. To earn CEs you are required to complete all course materials, quizzes, and the evaluation. No partial credit is available. A score of 70% is required to proceed; you will be able to re-take any quiz on which you score less than 70%. Participants will earn 10 CE hours upon completion of these requirements. The CE Certificate will become available for download upon completion of the course evaluation.

Board Approvals: APA, ASWB, CPA, NBCC. Click here for state and other regional board approvals.

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