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Instructor: John Preston, Psy.D., ABPP
Date: January 13th 2017
Location: 100 Howe Ave Suite 155N
Sacramento, California 95825
Time: 9:00 A.M to 12:00 P.M.
CE Hours: 3
This unique multidisciplinary 3-hour CE workshop is designed for mental health professionals, nurses, first responders, attorneys, and law enforcement personnel to help them understand how traumatic events can impair victim’s cognitive, memory, and emotional processes that may impact perceived credibility. Nearly 1 in 5 women experience sexual trauma at some point in their lives according the CDC. However 80-91% of reported sexual assaults never went further than the police or were not referred to prosecutors because of victim’s perceived credibility issues. While only 2-8% of sexual assault claims are false, sexual trauma victims are often not perceived as credible due to the very nature of experiencing a traumatic event that impacts the their behavior and ability to recall information. For nurses, attorneys, first responders, and peace officers, this workshop will help to identify PTSD symptoms and discuss effective interview strategies for data collection. For mental health professionals, this workshop will help you to identify PTSD symptoms, understand why credibility is questioned during police investigations, help educate and work with victims and prosecutors during court testimony to avoid re-traumatizing victims during court testimony. This workshop is derived from the published work by John Preston, Psy.D., ABPP in the Prosecutor’s Brief Vol. 38, No. 4 Summer 2016.
Explain the common physiological responses experienced by trauma victims.
Discuss essentials of resiliency and what differentiates trauma from PTSD.
Discuss how common interrogation strategies can negatively impact trauma victim’s perceived credibility.
Explain effective strategies on how police and investigative personnel can foster an environment of safety and trust to enhance the victim’s ability to recall events accurately.