The Twenty-First Annual Conference on Contemporary Applications of Psychological Assessment


There are a total of 20 CE Credits available. Attendees are encouraged to attend all three workshop days as it will build on the previous days’ presentations. However, one may sign up for one, two, or three days.

Thursday, December 5, 2019 | 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
The Adolescent Brain in Court: Applications of Psychological Research and Practice in Interrogation, Sentencing, and Public Policy

This program reviews adolescent brain development (including exposure to adversity and substance use) as a context for discussing the ways neurodevelopmental and psychological research is increasingly informing police practice, public policy, and judicial decisions. The program includes case examples of interrogation, sentencing, and parole hearings for adolescents whose lives are profoundly impacted by the understanding police, judges, policy-makers and others have about adolescent development and psychology. Tensions between “law as policy” and case-specific applications of clinical practice are explored. Specific legal cases are analyzed for the ways they reflect conceptions of adolescence. Complex practice and ethical issues arising when clinicians are engaged in juvenile/criminal justice proceedings involving adolescents are discussed, including challenges in assessing interrogation practices, prospects for rehabilitation, and future recidivism risks. Finally, options are reviewed for clinicians who want to promote informed police, judicial, correctional, and policy decisions.

Conference Faculty: Robert Kinscherff, PhD, JD & Stephen Behnke, JD, PhD

6 CE Credits | $140 (includes lunch)
No CE Credits | $70 (includes lunch) 

Friday, December 6, 2019 | 8:15 am – 5:00 pm
New Developments and Applications with the Rorschach Performance Assessment System (R-PAS)

This workshop describes recent developments with R-PAS, including practical updates for administration, coding, and interpretation. Developments are illustrated with a multimethod case assessment that includes integration with other psychological and neuropsychological assessment measures.

Conference Faculty: Gregory Meyer, PhD; Philip Erdberg, PhD; & William Stone, PhD

7 CE Credits | $160 (includes lunch)
No CE Credits | $80 (includes lunch)

Saturday, December 7, 2019 | 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
The Pattern of Strengths and Weaknesses (PSW) Method, The Controversy, and How to Use WISC-V Responsibly in a PSW Approach to Specific Learning Disorders Identification

This workshop will describe the Cross-Battery Assessment (XBA) approach and demonstrate how it may be used to tailor any evaluation in a manner that ensures that all cognitive abilities and processes most closely related to specific academic referral concerns are measured. Interpretation of test findings will be demonstrated within the context of contemporary Cattell-Horn-Carroll (CHC) theory and research. Diagnosis of specific learning disability (SLD) will be demonstrated using the pattern of strengths and weaknesses (PSW) method, with specific focus on WISC-V. Participants will gain an appreciation of how to bypass or minimize the effects of cognitive processing and ability weaknesses on the student’s ability to access the curriculum.

Conference Faculty: Dawn Flanagan, PhD

7 CE Credits | $160 (includes lunch)
No CE Credits | $80 (includes lunch)


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