Psychological Assessment with Police and Public Safety Personnel

Price: $455.00
Dave Corey, Ph.D., ABPP ~ 10 CE credit hours

January 28-29, 2011
Alliant International University ~ San Francisco, CA
Fri: 9:00am-4:30pm
Sat: 9:00am-1:00pm

In this course Dr. Corey addresses two primary areas (bifurcated structure of preemployment psychological screening and evaluation and fitness-for-duty evaluations) in assessments with police and public safety personnel. He will also provide insight into psychological fitness-for duty-evaluations and other mental health evaluations of incumbent employees. The course reviews ethical standards, regulations, statutory requirements, case law, and professional guidelines related to pre- and post-employment psychological evaluations to ensure that candidates are free from job-relevant mental impairments and fulfill other criteria necessary to meet the demands of modern policing. The instructor will contrast methods of approaching preemployment screening or selection and provide instruction in the bifurcated approach.

The course incorporates IACP and other relevant guidelines and standards. The participant will learn the importance of, and methods for, identifying evaluation criteria prior to conducting any evaluation; criteria for selecting psychological assessment instruments; and how to develop and justify an assessment protocol. Finally, the course addresses report content, including legal and ethical limitations to information included in assessment reports of police and public safety applicants and personnel. This interactive program offers the opportunity to develop new skills and sharpen rusty ones. The course covers areas relevant to the specialty examination in police and public safety psychology. Participants will receive 10 hours of CE credit. For those participating in the Post Graduate Education Certificate Program this programs credits 10 hours toward the Assessment area of the certificate as well.

Learning Objectives:
1. The participant will be able to identify at least two reasons for clarifying the purpose of an assessment referral prior to conducting any evaluation.
2. The participant will be able to describe the importance of and the minimum elements of informed consent when conducting psychological evaluations of police and other public safety applicants and personnel.
3. The participant will be able to describe how validity and reliability properly guide the selection of assessment instruments and the use of other data sources.
4. The participant will be able to explain the statutory and methodological considerations in choosing and implementing a bifurcated model of preemployment psychological screening.
5. The participant will be able to identify how individual diversity (e.g., cultural, ethnic, racial, gender, sexual orientation, religious) may limit the validity of assessments, as well as methods for addressing and minimizing the potential impact of diversity.
6. The participant will be able to articulate the key considerations in an FFDE, particularly at the stages of referral, data gathering, case analysis, and communication of findings, as well as relevant clinical, legal and regulatory issues.

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Dr. Dave Corey is a consulting police & forensic psychologist. He is board certified by the American Board of Professional Psychology, and his practice is limited to evaluations of applicants and incumbents in high-risk positions—including preemployment screening of law enforcement and other public safety applicants, fitness-for-duty evaluations, threat assessments, and competency-to-practice examinations of health care professionals. He is licensed in Oregon, Washington, Hawaii, California, Utah, and Arizona. Dr. Corey is the author of “Principles of Fitness-for-Duty Evaluations for Police Psychologists” (J. Kitaeff, Editor (2011, in press) Handbook of Police Psychology). Among his agency clients are Oregon State Police, Portland Police Bureau, Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office, Honolulu Police Department, Salt Lake City Police Department, and approximately 70 other agencies. He is the immediate past chair of the Police Psychological Services Section, International Association of Chiefs of Police, and he is the current and founding chair of the Council of Organizations in Police Psychology.