April 21 | 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm (EDT)


Nancy Kaser-Boyd, PhD | Geffen School of Medicine
Corine deRuiter, PhD |  Maastricht University

Workshop Information:

This Workshop will begin with the differentiation between clinical and forensic psychology. The presenters will discuss guidelines for training in forensic psychology, methods of establishing a good reputation in the community, methods for adequate forensic evaluation, writing forensic reports, and pitfalls of expert testimony. They will discuss common methodological mistakes in forming opinions, such as confirmatory bias. Other ethical issues presented will include responding to opposing experts, responding to Board complaints or civil suits, making public statements, and the management of forensic records. Cases will illustrate content. Finally, the presenters will discuss the personal attributes essential to forensic work, such as comfort being attacked and resilience in dealing with difficult human problems.

Goals and Objectives:

1. To appreciate the amount of training necessary to practice forensic psychology.

2. To think about the personal qualities necessary to practice forensic psychology.

3. To know the full breadth of data necessary in a forensic evaluation.

4. To become familiar with the ethics of forensic psychology.

Skill Level:

Intermediate skill in clinical psychology, beginning skill in forensic evaluation.

Dr. De RuiterDr. Corine de Ruiter

Dr. Corine de Ruiter is Professor of Forensic Psychology at Maastricht University. She also has a private practice — corine.de.ruiter — and provides psychology services and professional training to social, health, and criminal justice agencies tasked with the assessment, management or treatment of individuals who present a risk to themselves or others. She is a licensed clinical psychologist in The Netherlands. The scientist-practitioner model is central to her career: her key objective is to improve mental health services through the use of evidence based assessment and treatment methods. Dr. de Ruiter has conducted numerous workshops in The Netherlands and abroad on forensic (risk) assessment and treatment planning. She often serves as an expert witness in criminal court cases on issues such as the relationship between mental disorder and offending behavior, criminal responsibility, false confession, risk of future violence, and required level of supervision and treatment. In 2015, the book Forensic Psychological Assessment in Practice (authors: Corine de Ruiter and Nancy Kaser-Boyd) was published by Taylor and Francis.

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