Course Details

Course TitleEvaluations of Police Suitability and Fitness for Duty
Date 6/15/2020
ProviderCONCEPT Summer Training Institute (Palo Alto University)
LocationPalo Alto
Credit Hours7
Instructor(s)Dave Corey, PhD, ABPP & Mark Zelig, PhD, ABPP
Method of InstructionWorkshop/Seminar
Approving AgencyAPA
Course Syllabus

Course Description

This workshop provides a comprehensive overview of the two most common psychological evaluations conducted by police psychologists: evaluations of the psychological suitability of police candidates and the psychological fitness of incumbent police officers. Participants will first learn the most prominent federal laws and regulations, professional practice guidelines, and ethical standards pertinent to these evaluations. The presenters will also provide detailed procedural guidance, including advice for obtaining informed consent, providing disclosure to the involved parties, conducting clinical and collateral interviews, selecting written assessment instruments, integrating the assessment findings to reach determinations of suitability and fitness, and preparing written reports and testimony that anticipate their various audiences and uses. 

If you would like to ‘attend’ this workshop but cannot travel to Palo Alto – consider virtual attendance. We are pleased to offer virtual attendance for all our workshops via ZOOM. Virtual attendees will be emailed all the details to connect via ZOOM and will be sent electronic copies of all materials.

Course Objectives


  • Describe the relevance of no fewer than three federal statutes to police suitability and fitness evaluations
  • Describe the relevance of four sets of professional practice guidelines to police suitability and fitness evaluations
  • Describe provisions in your informed consent document that will decrease the likelihood of ethical and legal issues from arising when you provide suitability or fitness evaluations
  • Describe the evaluation procedures common to both police suitability and fitness evaluations, as well as procedures that are unique to each
  • Describe the advantages of using a data integration model in police suitability and fitness evaluations
  • Describe methods for avoiding four common errors in writing police suitability and fitness evaluations