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Fairly Evaluating Deception in Psychological Insurance Claims and Fitness for Duty Evaluations

OnDemand Webinar (88 minutes)

Get an overview of the issues in evaluating malingering in forensic assessments.

In this topic, Dr. Fisher will help you understand how psychologists and psychiatrists evaluate deception in claimants with psychological and neuropsychological problems. This will include a discussion of the importance of objective psychological tests, and the specific psychological tests used to evaluate deception. Methods to identify suspicious, and valid, claims will be covered, as well as techniques insurers can use to obtain higher quality evaluations. This material will help you understand a) how psychologists and psychiatrists evaluate deception in claimants with psychological and neuropsychological problems, b) how to identify suspicious claims, c) how to increase your chances of obtaining a higher quality evaluation, d) the principles that psychologists and psychiatrists follow when evaluating deception e) the importance of objective psychological tests, and f) specific psychological tests used to evaluate deception.

Authors

David Fisher, Ph.D., LP, ABPP, PsyBar LLC

Agenda

Definitions of Malingering, Exaggeration, Defensiveness Feigning, Secondary Gain, Sub-Optimal Effort, and Dissimulation

Co-Occurrence of Mental Illness and Malingering/ Exaggeration, Etc.

Frequency With People Claiming Brain Injury, Anxiety, and Depression

When to Ask About Malingering

Treating Doctors' Assumption of Patient Truthfulness

Clinical Judgment/"Intuitional" Perspective

Alternatives to Clinical Judgment

Standard Psychological Tests With Built-in Validity Measures

Tests Designed Only to Help Assess Effort

Multiple Psychological Tests/Incremental Validity

Sample Referral Questions

Determining Malingering by Comparisons to Prior Scores

When Scores Don't Match Scores Expected in People With That Problem

How to Request Specific Psychological Tests

Imbedded Validity Scores

Specific Tests to Assess Deception