Concept - Summer Training Institute

Monday, June 17, 2019 - 8:00am to Friday, June 21, 2019 - 5:00pm
Allegations of Alienation or Child Sexual Abuse in Custody Evaluations, presented by Dr. David Martindale
Date: Monday June 17, 2019
Location: ZOOM or Palo Alto University
 
This in-person workshop on Allegations of Alienation or Child Sexual Abuse in Custody Evaluations is presented by Dr. David Martindale. Forensic psychological evaluations that are conducted in conjunction with disputes that include allegations of alienation or of child sexual abuse, are qualitatively different from other evaluations conducted in the context of litigation involving access to or custody of children. The disputes are atypically contentious, and much of the information needed by the evaluator must be obtained from the children, making the development of child forensic interviewing skills critically important. This workshop will focus on the acquisition of these skills. This workshop has been approved by the Judicial Council of California that qualifies for continuing education credit.
 

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Assessment of Psychopathy via the CAPP and Clinical Assessment Instruments, presented by Dr. Martin Sellbom
Date: Monday, June 17, 2019
Location: Location: ZOOM or Palo Alto University
 
This in-person workshop on Assessment of Psychopathy via the CAPP and Clinical Assessment Instruments is presented by Dr. Martin Sellbom. This workshop will discuss relative novel methods to the assessment of psychopathy in forensic and correctional contexts. Although the Hare Psychopathy Checklist-Revised and its derivates have been used successfully for this purpose, they are not without disadvantages (conceptual, practical). Theoretical perspectives of psychopathy will be reviewed and various methods for assessing psychopathy from these perspectives will be considered. Two psychopathy measures in particular, the Psychopathic Personality Inventory – Revised (PPI-R) and the Comprehensive Assessment of Psychopathic Personality (CAPP) clinical interview and institutional rating form will be reviewed. Furthermore, many forensic and correctional psychologists do not have the time and resources to add psychopathy-specific measures to their test armamentarium.
This workshop will therefore also cover the clinical assessment of psychopathy via tests that psychologists routinely use in clinical practice. The MMPI-2 Restructured Form (MMPI-2-RF), Personality Assessment Inventory (PAI), the NEO Personality Inventory-3 (NEO PI-3), and Millon Multiaxial Clinical Inventory – IV (MCMI-IV) will be described in sufficient detail for the purposes of this training, with a particular focus on the MMPI-2-RF in light of its larger research base for this purpose. A substantial amount of time will be spent on discussing research supporting their use for psychopathy assessment, but specific practical applications and interpretative recommendations will be covered as well. Finally, case illustrations based on individuals evaluated in forensic and clinical practice will be presented.
 
 
 
Risk Management for Custody Evaluators and Court Involved Therapists, presented by Dr. David Martindale
Date: Tuesday June 18, 2019
Location: ZOOM or Palo Alto University
 
This in-person workshop on Risk Management for Custody Evaluators and Court Involved Therapists is presented by Dr. David Martindale. Mental health professionals performing forensic psychological evaluations in litigated custody/access disputes, and those who function as treatment providers to parents and/or children who are involved in such litigation, frequently express concern regarding the risk of licensing board complaints. For evaluators, this workshop will provide information regarding specific techniques that serve to reduce litigant animosity, a common precipitating factor in the filing of complaints.
For treatment providers, this workshop will explore appropriate and inappropriate testimony content, and the risks to the therapeutic alliance of therapist testimony. This workshop has been approved by the Judicial Council of California that qualifies for continuing education credit.
 
 
 
Using the MMPI-2-RF in Public Safety Personnel Evaluations, Presented by Dr. Martin Sellbom
Date: Tuesday, June 18th, 2019
Location: ZOOM or Palo Alto University
 
This in-person workshop on Using the MMPI-2-RF in Public Safety Personnel Evaluations is presented by Dr. Martin Sellbom. This workshop will introduce the 338-item version of the MMPI-2, the MMPI-2 Restructured Form (MMPI-2-RF) to psychologists working with public safety personnel. The rationale for and methods used to develop the MMPI-2-RF, the various materials available to score and interpret the test, and interpretive recommendations will be covered. Moreover, a substantial portion of time will be devoted to applications of the MMPI-2-RF in various public safety evaluations, including for pre-employment screening and fitness for duty evaluation purposes.
A recommended screening strategy will be covered with a discussion of empirically validated evaluation dimensions (based on California POST guidelines) for screening purposes. A variety of workplace concerns will be discussed and empirical support for various recommendations will be reviewed. Finally, attendees will have an opportunity to practice the recommended strategy for MMPI-2-RF interpretation with case examples. This workshop has been approved by the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) for 7 CPE credits.
 
 
 
Introduction to Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT), Presented by Dr. Yotam Heineberg, June 19, 2019
Date: Wednesday June 19, 2019
Location: ZOOM or Palo Alto University
 
This in-person workshop on Introduction to Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) is presented by Dr. Yotam Heineberg. It is well-known that shame and self-criticism can be difficult problems to treat in a range of psychological problems and may even prevent people from seeking help.
Compassion Focused Therapy was developed by professor Paul Gilbert. CFT was specifically developed with and for individuals with these difficulties, in part by helping them develop a compassionate orientation to themselves and others by elaborating on cognitive behavioral strategies. CFT is an evolutionary and neuroscience-based approach to psychotherapy that articulates how the evolution of attachment and affiliative emotion regulates threat-processing and the emergence of our self-identities. CFT integrates evidence-based therapies with the basic insight that our emotions serve an evolutionary function, and that recognizing this can help de-shame and de-pathologize painful symptomatic experiences, towards greater engagement in therapy. CFT has a growing empirical evidence to support its efficacy in a broad range of complex cases, including trauma and rigid personality structures. The workshop will cover the basic concepts of CFT with PowerPoint presentations and various experiential practices with the use of emotion focused, cognitive behavioral and imagery practices.
 
 
 
Assessing & Managing Risk for Self-Directed Violence (Suicide), Presented by Dr. Brianne Layden
Date: Wednesday June 19, 2019
Location: ZOOM or Palo Alto University
 
This in-person workshop on Assessing & Managing Risk for Self-Directed Violence Risk (Suicide) is presented by Dr. Brianne Layden. It is all too often that we see professionals relying solely on their clinical judgement or using predictive tools in their assessments of risk for self-directed violence (suicide).
Dr. Layden will discuss the benefits of utilizing the structured professional judgment (SPJ) approach to assess and manage self-directed violence that is both informed by the literature and incorporates clinical judgment. In addition, Dr. Layden will discuss the results of a recent systematic review of the literature on risk factors related to suicide and how these data have informed the development of new SPJ guidelines: The Self-Directed Violence – 20 (SDV-20).
 
 
 
Diversity Issues in Violence Risk Assessment and Management, Presented by Dr. Stephen Hart
Date: Thursday June 20, 2019
Location: ZOOM or Palo Alto University
 
This in-person workshop on Diversity Issues in Violence Risk Assessment & Management is presented by Dr. Stephen Hart. Human diversity is one of the biggest challenges facing professionals whose work includes assessment and management of violence risk. The people we deliver services to can differ greatly with respect to factors such as ethnicity (race, culture, language, spirituality, etc.), sexuality (biological sex, gender identity, sexual interest, etc.), and age (biopsychosocial maturity, developmental stage, etc.).
In this workshop, Dr. Hart will present a general framework for understanding diversity and its impact on violence risk, as well as principles for delivering evidence-based services to assess and manage violence risk that both respect and accommodate diversity. He will illustrate the framework and principles using case studies.
 
 
 
Working with First Responders: What Every Clinician Needs to Know, Presented by Dr. Jaime Brower
Date: Thursday June 20, 2019
Location: ZOOM or Palo Alto University
 
This in-person workshop on Working with First Responders: What Every Clinician Needs to Know is presented by Drs. Jaime Brower, Rhonda Kelley, and Michael Pitrusu. Our emergency responders make up an ever-growing group of law enforcement, firefighters, dispatch, emergency medical professionals, corrections/detentions, victim advocates, and others. This group is faced with unique challenges on a daily basis that impact both their own and their family’s mental health. This workshop will provide core knowledge for all mental health clinicians who have interest in, or who may be already, working with our emergency responders.
This workshop will promote cultural competence, will provide knowledge regarding the ethical and legal concepts associated with working these populations, will define core proficiencies and terminology, as well as enhance an overall understanding of how each clinician working with this population can do so effectively and competently.
 
 
 
Mental Disorder and Violence Risk, Presented by Dr. Stephen Hart, June 21, 2019
Date: Friday June 21, 2019
Location: ZOOM or Palo Alto University
 
This in-person workshop on Mental Disorder and Violence Risk is presented by Dr. Stephen Hart. There is, by now, no doubt that mental disorder is associated with increased risk for violence, but that association is by no means clear or simple. Dr. Hart will review the research and clinical literature to identify and explain the mental health problems most relevant to violence, focusing on psychosis, personality disorder, paraphilic disorder, and substance use.
He will also discuss how best to incorporate mental health problems in the practice of violence risk assessment and management, including formulation (case conceptualization) of violence risk and the development of case management plans.
 
 
 
Introduction to Police Psychology, Presented by Dr. Philip Trompetter and Dr. Jaime Brower
Date: Friday June 21, 2019
Location: ZOOM or Palo Alto University
 
This in-person workshop on Introduction to Police Psychology is presented by Dr. Jaime Brower and Dr. Philip Trompetter. This workshop provides core knowledge, with a sample of applications, of the police and public psychology specialty. Police and public safety psychology (PPSP) is concerned with assisting law enforcement and other public safety personnel and agencies in carrying out their missions and societal functions with effectiveness, safety, health and conformity to laws and ethics.
It consists of the application of the science and profession of psychology in four primary domains of practice: Assessment, Intervention, Operational Support and Organizational consultation. The workshop begins with a history of the specialty followed by descriptions of many of the core proficiencies that define the practice. The workshop will include examples of PPSP practice such as crisis/hostage negotiations, employer-mandated psychological evaluations, interventions following officer-involved shootings and other activities. Importantly, the workshop will promote the cultural competence concepts necessary for a psychologist to work effectively with first responders. This workshop has been approved by the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) for 7 CPE credits.