This self-paced training program on Cultural Competence in Forensic Evaluation was developed by Dr. Barry Rosenfeld and is presented in partnership with ConCEPT Professional Training. This program covers a range of issues related to forensic assessment of individuals from diverse ethnic and linguistic backgrounds. Topics covered include an overview of the construct of “cultural competence” and the requisite self-assessment and pre-evaluation cultural research that is often necessary for cross-cultural assessments. In addition, more focused topics such as modifications to the typical evaluation and treatment process, decision-making regarding psychological testing and the interpretation of test results, the impact of language and culture on the therapeutic alliance, and the use (and misuse) of interpreters are reviewed. The main learning objectives are:
- Describe the principals of cultural competence in psychological evaluations.
- Identify forms of cultural biases that can impact forensic consultation.
- Differentiate appropriate and inappropriate psychological tests that can be used with individuals of particular cultural backgrounds.
- Competently interpret assessment and interview data in culturally diverse settings.