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

Learning Objectives

The Adolescent Brain in Court: Applications of Psychological Research and Practice in Interrogation, Sentencing and Public Policy

1. Understand normative adolescent brain development and developmental overlays of adversity and substance abuse commonly found among court-involved youth
2. Identify how understanding adolescent neurodevelopment and social development may better inform clinical, police, judicial, correctional, and public policy decisions
3. Articulate how different conceptualizations of adolescence (variously informed by research) shape police, judicial, and correctional (e.g., parole) practices and determinations

New Developments and Applications with the Rorschach Performance Assessment System (R-PAS)

1. Describe the empirical and conceptual foundation for variable revisions in R-PAS.
2. Explain how new normative standards improve clinical inferences.
3. Apply R-PAS interpretive procedures and guidelines to a multimethod assessment case.

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

1. Describe the guiding principles and procedures of Cross-Battery Assessment.
2. List the most salient abilities and processes within CHC theory and their relations to specific academic skills.
3. Explain how weaknesses or deficits in specific cognitive abilities and processes manifest in the classroom.
4. Compare the similarities and differences among PSW models along with the pros and cons of this method of informing SLD diagnosis.
5. Describe the relations between cognitive abilities and processes and how specific academic skills fit into a PSW model.
6. Describe how to link assessment findings to educational strategies and interventions.

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