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Preparing for Board Certification in Forensic Psychology with Richart L. DeMier, Ph.D., ABPP

Length: 3 hours 7 minutes

CE Credits: 3

After examining benefits of board certification, the application and examination process is reviewed in detail.  Common pitfalls encountered by applicants are explored, and strategies for avoiding such errors are presented and discussed.  The importance of mental health case law is explained, and approaches to understanding cases are provided. 

1.  Workshop participants will be able to articulate three reasons that board certification is valuable.

2.  Workshop participants will be able to locate current resources to guide their progress toward board certification.

3.  Workshop participants will be able to identify the steps involved in acquiring board certification in forensic psychology.

4.  Workshop participants will be able to describe fundamental concepts that differentiate forensic psychology from other types of psychology.

5.  Workshop participants will be able to differentiate between race, ethnicity, and culture, and consider those concepts when making choices about how to assess individuals from diverse backgrounds.

6.  Workshop participants will be able to articulate fundamental differences between the fields of law and psychology.

7.  Workshop participants will be able to employ a schema to assist in their understanding of relevant case law.

Presenter Bio:  

For over 20 years, Dr. Rick DeMier has practiced clinical and forensic psychology at the U.S. Medical Center for Federal Prisoners, a major medical referral center within the Federal Bureau of Prisons.  At that facility, he conducts forensic evaluations for federal courts throughout the country.  The most common referral questions include competence to proceed, restoration of competency, mental state at the time of an alleged offense, and risk assessment.  He also conducts evaluations of sentenced federal prisoners to determine whether they require inpatient mental health hospitalization, and he is sometimes called to participate in civil commitment proceedings.  In addition to his clinical duties, he spent eleven years as Internship Program Coordinator for the facility’s APA-accredited predoctoral internship. In 1984, Dr. DeMier received his Bachelor’s degree in psychology at the University of Missouri, and in 1994, he earned his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee.  He completed his internship in clinical psychology at the Florida Mental Health Institute, a component of the University of South Florida in Tampa.  Following graduation, he began his career at the U.S. Medical Center for Federal Prisoners, where he completed a postdoctoral fellowship in forensic psychology prior to obtaining a staff position.  He became board certified in forensic psychology in 2001. Since 2008, he has served as a member of the Faculty of Examiners for the American Board of Forensic Psychology.  In that role, he reviews practice samples and serves as an oral examiner for candidates for board certification.  He was recently elected to the Executive Board of the American Board of Forensic Psychology. He contributed a chapter,Forensic Report Writing, to the second edition of the Handbook of Forensic Psychology.  He is co-author, with Randy Otto, Ph.D., and Marcus Boccaccini, Ph.D., of Forensic Reports and Testimony: A Guide to Effective Communication for Psychologists and Psychiatrists, which was published by Wiley last year.  He is also co-author of two books on mental health case law,Examinations of Competency to Stand Trial: Foundations in Mental Health Case Law, andExaminations of Criminal Responsibility: Foundations in Mental Health Case Law.


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