Course Details

Course TitleJRA Conference (2019)
Date 10/25/2019
ProviderJohnson, Roberts and Associates, Inc
Website N/A
LocationChicago, IL
Credit Hours7
Instructor(s)Mike Roberts, Ryan Roberts, Jeni McCutcheon, Jocelyn E. Roland, Maria Galmarini, Vanessa Perez, Paul Detrick
Method of InstructionWorkshop/Seminar
Approving AgencyAPA
Course Syllabus 00-JRA Conference Agenda.pdf

Course Description

A full day course addressing assessment issues and new research in police and public safety psychological screening.

Course Objectives

Presentation: CPI 260 Police and Public Safety Report: Brief Review (Ryan Roberts and Mike Roberts) 8:45 am-9:45 am (1 hour)
Gain an understanding of why the CPI 260 report can be interpreted the same as the CPI 434 report when screening police and other public safety job applicants.
Be able to articulate the advantages of the new CPI 260 report features such as: interpretive statements for validity determination, bidirectional interpretive guidance, score-triggered scale descriptions and scale descriptions based on both community and special group norms.
Learn how to use the appropriate test reports and interpretive guidance to assess public safety job applicants.         
Presentation: “The Times They Are A Changing:” Agency Marijuana Use Policies are Evolving Rapidly (Ryan Roberts and Mike Roberts) 9:45 am-10:45 am (1 hour)
Understand how changing social and political attitudes toward marijuana use are resulting in changes to employment screening criteria.
Learn how the changes in screening criteria have changed psychologist’s relationships with agency managers.
Incorporate the understanding of how the new standards and laws can be incorporated in the psychologist’s screening practice. 
Presentation: Panel on Real-World Dilemmas in Public Safety Psychological Assessments: Balancing Competent Practice, Maintaining Business and Responsiveness to Client Demands (Jeni McCutcheon, Jocelyn E. Roland, Maria Galmarini, Vanessa Perez) 11:00 am-12:30 pm (1.5 hours)      
Participants will be able to identify several examples of real-world dilemmas in psychological assessment service provision.
Participants will gain a greater awareness of the importance of attending to emerging and cultural diversity issues that may be relevant and valuable to consider when working with client agencies.
Participants will be able to identify two strategies to maintain competent practice while being responsive to client requests and demands.
PRESENTATION:  PHQ and PsyQ Update: Response to a Shifting Legal Landscape (Ryan Roberts and Mike Roberts) 1:00 pm-2:00 pm (1 hour)
Understand how local states and municipalities are passing laws that restrict questions that can be asked during preemployment screening.
Learn how JRA software allow you to customize the PsyQ OR PHQ questionnaires to conform to local mandates.
Use this understanding about how local mandates on questions permitted for screening can impact traditional selection criteria, and what to do about it.
PRESENTATION: Response Bias on the CPI: Preliminary Findings (Paul Detrick and Ryan Roberts) 2:00 pm - 3:00pm (1 hour)
Learn why response bias does not attenuate the relationship between personality measures and criterion related validity on personality questionnaires. 
Incorporate the finding that some CPI scales and indices are not affected by situational demand and that they can be interpreted without a consideration of the Gi level. 
Learn which CPI scales are affected by situational demand and how to incorporate that into your suitability formulation. 
PRESENTATION: Improving the Security of Your Assessment Practice: HIPPA Compliance in Public Safety Assessment (Ryan Roberts) 3:15 pm - 4:15pm (1 hour)
Understand the legal and ethical responsibility to safeguard the confidential medical information obtained during the preemployment screening process.
Learn about stand-of-care techniques such as “Whole Hard Drive Encryption,” and “2-Factor Authentication” to prevent theft of your sensitive data. 
Incorporate procedures like “Last Pass” to enable you to use complex passwords to further prevent the theft of you sensitive data.    
Use best-practice techniques like local backup encryption and automatic offsite backup services to comply with legal and ethical requirements to safeguard your confidential data.
PRESENTATION: Test Correlates of Academy and FTO Failure: A Pilot Study (Ryan Roberts) 4:15 pm - 4:45pm (0.5 hours)
Understand the correlation between psychologist’s preemployment suitability rating and post hiring job outcome at the Academy and FTO level.
Learn which psychological screening test scales and indices are most indicative of success at the probation stage.  
Understand factors that limit the findings of this kind of study.