Course Details

Course TitleAssessing for Malleability of Implicit Bias in Police Officer Candidates: Evidence and Methods
Date 4/6/2018
ProviderAmerican Academy of Forensic Psychology Continuing Education Programs
Phone(855) 226-9412
LocationNew Orleans
Credit Hours7
Instructor(s)David Corey, PhD, ABPP
Method of InstructionWorkshop/Seminar
Approving AgencyAPA
Course Syllabus

Course Description

A large body of evidence demonstrates that attitudes and stereotypes about race, ethnicity, social class, gender, age, appearance, and other individual differences can affect one’s understanding, decisions, and actions. This workshop provides an overview of the implicit bias research and a discussion of the particularly serious implications of implicit bias for police officers and the communities they serve. Although implicit bias operates involuntarily and automatically, mounting research indicates that it is malleable in individuals with certain traits and characteristics. This workshop focuses on the constructs shown in the literature to contribute to the malleability of implicit bias, and concludes with methods for assessing those constructs in police applicants through the integration of findings from psychological testing, personal history or background review, and clinical interview. This workshop does not address the effects of implicit bias on the psychologist conducting the evaluation, which is a topic in Dr. Kukor’s workshop, “Critical Thinking in Forensic Psychological Evaluation.”

Course Objectives

Define implicit bias</div><div>Describe the particular risks that implicit bias poses for police officers and the communities served by them, particularly marginalized persons</div><div>Explain how characteristics of an individual can inhibit the automatic and unintended operation of implicit bias</div><div>Describe three construct domains for assessing implicit bias malleability</div><div>Describe seven construct dimensions for assessing implicit bias malleability</div><div>Specify which malleability dimensions can be assessed with findings from psychological testing, and how</div><div><br></div>