Assessment - Cognitive, Forensic, Neuropsychological

Price: $560.00
3 Semester Units, graduate level (can be taken as 1 or 2 units. To register email ce@alliant.edu)
LPCC requirement for assessment, appraisal, and testing of individuals.

assessCareers in Clinical Psychology are now built around assessment and diagnosis.  Not only do most clinicians perform some form of assessment -- administering and interpreting the most critical and comprehensive tests can be either the main source of revenue or a lucrative supplement for many professionals.

The purpose of this course is to expand the scope of your assessment activity.

We have produced nicely edited video segments of  our expert faculty explaining the assessment instruments they use and the approaches they take in depth.  You can access and review this material at your own speed and convenience.  

How Does the Class Work?

1) We have produced and arranged edited video segments of our faculty explaining many aspects of Assessment. You can begin accessing this material immediately at your own speed and convenience. Take as long as you want. There is no time limit. Your registration will never expire.

2) There are discussion topics at the end of each section of video which is designed to help you use some of the material in writing a brief but substantive post.

3) The final exam can be taken multiple times so you can learn where you need to review.


     Lead Assessment Instructor:
Forrest
Rachyll Dempsey, Psy.D
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Rachyll Dempsey, Psy.D. is a forensic neuropsychologist with over a decade of experience in testing and assessment. In addition to acting as a supervisor and consultant, Dr. Dempsey maintains a private practice focusing on forensic, neuropsychological, cognitive, and personality testing for individuals and for the courts.  


     
     Additional Instructors:

Bonny Forrest, J.D., Ph.D
has been a leader in the field of child development and an advocate for children for over twenty years. As a practicing attorney and a child psychologist, with specialized training in pediatric neuropsychology, she has vast experience in working with children in a variety of settings.

Bill Holcomb, PhD, MBA,
is licensed as a psychologist and has earned recognition as a Diplomate of Forensic Psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychologists. Among other positions, he has been superintendent of a large state hospital, state director of program evaluation for mental health services, and CEO of a private psychiatric hospital for children, adolescents, and adults.


Specific objectives for each component of the program follow.

Autism: The focus of this workshop is informational, but with an advocacy purpose. Subject matter includes:

1) Review of current understanding of the most common learning issues

2) Using psychological and neuropsychological instruments to understand learning issues

3) Advocating for children with learning issues recent changes to the Individuals with Disabilities Act, developments in the Supreme Court, Due Process hearings, and more

4) Working in school teams to get great results for children

 
Cognitive Assessment is an area of evaluation that can include examining intellectual functioning, academic achievement and memory ability. The focus is on the concrete competencies for administering, scoring and interpreting the most up-to-date and reliable tests of intellectual functioning, academic achievement and memory ability.

1) Changes and updates to the most widely used tests of cognitive functioning including the MMSE-2, WAIS-IV, WISC-IV, WIAT-III, WRAT-4 and others

2) Newest research in Cognitive Assessment including neurological basis for deficits including learning disabilities, as well as newest theory behind intellectual assessment and test construction.

Neuropsychological Assessment: is designed to help clinicians develop the competencies needed to administer and interpret the most up-to-date, reliable and valid tests or neuropsychological screening instruments.

1) covers the newest research in neuroanatomy and causes for such disorders as dementia, ADHD, and TBI

2) differentiating symptoms of dementia from depression

3) evaluating basic measures of executive functioning, memory and language

4) knowing when to refer clients for additional testing.

Other topics that will be covered:

Forensic AssessmentAdoption Assessment, Child Abuse Assessment and Domestic Violence Assessment. 

 
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