Course Details

Course TitleAPA 2019 - 127: Fitness-for-Duty and Professional Practice Evaluations: Ethics and Assessment Techniques
Date 8/9/2019
Provider2019 APA Convention
Credit Hours7
Instructor(s)Mark Zelig, PhD
Method of InstructionWorkshop/Seminar
Approving AgencyAPA
Course Syllabus

Course Description

Psychologists are often asked to evaluate licensed professionals, police officers, or other employees holding positions of special trust who are suspected of having an emotional or cognitive disorder that interferes with their ability to safely perform their duties. This intermediate workshop offers practical suggestions to psychologists wishing to increase their involvement in this interesting and challenging area of forensic practice. Recommended assessment strategies are in keeping with evolving ethical principles, practice guidelines, newly enacted federal statutes, and case law.

Course Objectives

1. Explain the different contexts and referral sources for fitness-for-duty and fitness-to-practice evaluations. 
2. Distinguish provisions within an informed consent that will structure the evaluation and prevent common ethical dilemmas from arising. 
3. Describe statutes relevant to practice, including the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008. 
4. Summarize U.S. appellate decisions that have changed the standard of practice for psychologists performing fitness-for-duty examinations. 
5. Structure evaluations so two-pronged questions that arise in all fitness evaluations can be answered. 
6. Compare the strengths and weaknesses of psychological tests commonly administered in this context. 
7. Cite the components of a report needed to establish a nexus between the subject’s functional ability and their capacity to perform essential job functions.