Course Details

Course TitleEssentials of the Psychological Fitness- For-Duty Evaluations for Police Psychologists
Date Varies
ProviderMindset Continuing Education
Phone(916) 488-6463
Credit Hours3
Instructor(s)Sepideh Souris, Psy.D.
Method of InstructionIndependent Learning
Approving AgencyAPA
Course Syllabus

Course Description

This intermediate-level home-study course is for licensed psychologists and doctoral level mental health professionals interested in police and public safety related topics. In particular, this course is designed to address the Fitness-For-Duty Evaluation (FFDE), its processes and related topics. The course will focus what is a fitness-for-duty evaluation, how fitness-for-duty evaluations differ from pre-employment evaluations, what specific issues/behaviors trigger a fitness-for-duty evaluation, and the legal responsibilities and rights of employers and employees. This home-study course will also expand upon legal/ethical principles and procedural issues involved in FFDE as well as examiner qualification. Other topics covered in this course include but are not limited to: the psychologist’s obligation in offering consultation, as well as knowledge of declining a referral that falls outside the area of competency; discussing the examinee’s rights and limitations to access the report and other personal health information; integration of multiple sources of data; the examination process; the legal standards for determining fitness; and other salient and relevant FFDE related matters.

Course Objectives

  • Discuss the differences between pre-employment psychological evaluations and fitness-for-duty evaluations.<o:p></o:p>
  • Identify the common behaviors that trigger a FFDE.<o:p></o:p>
  • Explain under what conditions an FFDE should or should not be performed. <o:p></o:p>
  • Discuss the legal responsibilities of employers and employees including EEOC, ADA, and FMLA.<o:p></o:p>
  • Explain examiner qualifications.<o:p></o:p>
  • Discuss the examination process for FFDEs.<o:p></o:p>
  • Describe the recommendations and outcomes for determining fitness.<o:p></o:p>