112: Fitness-for-Duty and Professional Practice Evaluations---Ethics and Assessment Techniques

August 07, 2014
Time & Place
8 a.m.-3:50 p.m.
CE Credits
Enrollment Limit
Psychologists are often asked to evaluate licensed professionals, police officers or other employees holding positions of special trust who are suspected of having an emotional or cognitive disorder that interferes with their ability to safely perform their duties. This intermediate workshop offers practical suggestions to psychologists wishing to increase their involvement in this interesting and challenging area of forensic practice. Recommended assessment strategies will be in keeping with evolving ethical principles, newly enacted federal statutes and case law.
Learning Objectives
1. Structure the evaluation so you can answer the two-pronged question that arises in all fitness evaluations.
2. Identify the different contexts and referral sources for fitness-for-duty and fitness-to-practice evaluations.
3. Incorporate provisions into an informed consent (for both the employee and the referral source) that will structure the evaluation and prevent common ethical and legal dilemmas from arising.
4. Articulate statutes and case law relevant to practice, including but not limited to, recent amendments to the ADA, Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008, and privacy rulings from various state supreme courts.
5. Identify the most recent literature on determining risk for workplace violence, sexual misconduct, and violation of boundaries for employees who hold positions of special trust.
6. Cite the strengths and weaknesses of psychological tests commonly administered in this context.
7. Develop a forensic practice model that can describe the nexus between an employee's functional abilities and the demands of their position based on psychological test, interview, and collateral/ and third-party data.
Mark Zelig, PhD, Independent Practice, Cottonwood Heights, Utah

Enrollments are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Advance: April 15-June 30, 2014

Member Non-member
Half day (3 hours) $110 $130
Half day (4 hours) $130 $160
Full day (7 hours) $220 $260

Regular: July 1-Aug. 5, 2014

Member Non-member
Half day (3 hours) $130 $160
Half day (4 hours) $160 $200
Full day (7 hours) $275 $335

On-site: Aug. 6-10, 2014

Member Non-member
Half day (3 hours) $160 $190
Half day (4 hours) $190 $240
Full day (7 hours) $330 $410