Course Details

Course Title2021 ACFP Symposium - Forensic Psychological Role in Screening for Racial Microagressions in Police: An Antiracism Paradigm
Date 3/18/2021
ProviderAmerican College of Forensic Psychology (Fielding Graduate University)
Credit Hours0.75
Instructor(s)Ronn Johnson, Ph.D., ABPP
Method of InstructionWorkshop/Seminar
Approving AgencyAPA
Course Syllabus

Course Description

Police racial violence has not taken a backseat globally during Covid-19; there remains a very deep-seated psychocultural reality that thrives in policing even during a pandemic. The judg-ments of police are critically important. Yet, high profile law enforcement incidents like the killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor reinforce doubts about police problem-solving capabilities in conjunction with the overlay of a pandemic and race. No police department wants to be perceived by the public as racist. Although a focus on improving policing practices in diverse communities is welcome, it is long overdue. Racial microaggressions activate aggra-vating factors that compromise an officer’s ability to reflexively revert to training and department policies during their response to scene management situations. This session discusses the forensic psychological role that screening for racial microaggressions can assume in mitigating police decision-making challenges in working in diverse communities.

Course Objectives

This presentation will:
1) provide an overview of the way COVID-19 combines with preexisting decision making deficits during crossracial police scene management situations;
2) introduce a framework for assessing the role racial microaggressions can play in police cross-racial lethal use of force encounters; 
3) introduce elements of a forensically-relevant self-reprogramming approach for racial microaggressions in police officers.