Course Details

Course TitleConducting Second-Opinion Preemployment Psychological Evaluations of Police and other Public Safety Candidates
Date 6/16/2018
ProviderMindset Continuing Education
LocationLos Angeles
Credit Hours6
Instructor(s)David Corey, Ph.D.,ABPP
Method of InstructionWorkshop/Seminar
Approving AgencyAPA
Course Syllabus

Course Description

This intermediate workshop is for licensed psychologists involved or interested in conducting second-opinion preemployment psychological evaluations of police and other public safety candidates. Topics of the presentation will include POST-recommended guidance for second-opinion evaluations and reports; integrating convergent, divergent and complementary data into the second-opinion assessment; and best practices for structuring the psychological interview. The workshop will also include discussion of ethical and legal dilemmas inherent to the second-opinion assessment process, including possible conflicts of interest, when to decline an evaluation, and the role of advocacy in the second-opinion evaluation process. The workshop will include discussion of the appeal process, common reasons for losing the appeal, and standards used by various California agencies for considering and weighing second-opinion evaluations. Finally, the workshop will provide guidance on writing evidence-based and defensible reports.

Course Objectives

Course Objectives:

  • Discuss the POST recommended guidelines for the second opinion evaluation.
  • Explain best practices for structuring the psychological interview.
  • Discuss common ethical dilemmas inherent to the second opinion evaluation process.
  • Explain the appeal process and the most common reasons for losing appeal.
  • Discuss effective and defensible report writing strategies for the second opinion
  • Explain how to address convergent, divergent, and complementary data in the second opinion evaluation.