Understanding Malingering in the Forensic Neuropsychological Context (3.5 CE’s)

Presented by Michael R. Walsh, Psy.D
July 15th,  8:30 am – 12:00 pm

Instructional Level

Introductory — Designed for psychologists who may have little to no background in a specialized skill or content area. The learner can become acquainted with the theoretical underpinnings, principles, methods, and perspectives of a content area. Although it can be used as a foundation for more advanced learning, a program may simply focus on breadth, enrichment or general knowledge.

Course Description and Target Audience

As malingering constitutes a test response style that is not infrequently seen when assessing examinees in forensic and/or neuropsychological practice, the goal of this presentation is to provide participants with a general overview aimed at enhancing skills in recognizing this test response style when it occurs in psychological assessment. To accomplish this goal, the presentation will specifically explore a brief history of malingering, define the nature of malingering and differentiate it from common masquerades, review its base rates across a variety of clinical settings, describe the psychometric properties that permit selection of effective malingering instruments, discuss the methods and strategies used by test developers when constructing effective tests of malingering, and examine specific behavioral clues and specific test results which suggest a malingered performance in a sampling of clinical presentations. There are no known risks associated with this presentation.

The target audience is mental health providers (advanced doctoral level psychology trainees, psychologists in practice, master’s level clinicians etc).

Learning Objectives

  • Participants will be able to briefly describe the history of malingering.
  • Participants will be able to define malingering and differentiate it from its masquerades.
  • Participants will be able to briefly describe the epidemiology of malingering and the significance of base rates in malingering detection.
  • Participants will be able to describe in some detail the psychometric foundations underlying effective tests of malingering when selecting instruments for use.
  • Participants will be able to provide clinical material for later review and reference regarding the methods and strategies for detecting malingering used in test development and reference material for later review and use as a clinical aid in examining specific qualitative (behavioral observations) and quantitative (specific test findings) clues to a malingered test performance in a variety of psychometric tests.
  • Participants will be able to demonstrate the use of effective skills in detecting malingering in test performance via discussion of a detailed forensic neuropsychological case presentation.

Presenter Information

Michael R. Walsh, Psy.D. has been a psychological services provider with assessment experience for 31 years, initially as an independent psychological examiner in Arkansas, and as a clinical psychologist in Missouri since 2010. In regard to his forensic and/or neuropsychological assessment experience, from 1990 until 2009 while working for an Arkansas public community mental health center he provided civil commitment evaluations, pre-employment public safety evaluations, fitness for duty evaluations, social security disability evaluations, and psychosexual evaluations, and since 2010 while working for a private neuropsychological practice he has provided sex offender evaluations to offenders at the request of the Missouri Department of Corrections. He has provided forensic neuropsychological evaluations on referral by patients, private attorneys, physicians, the Missouri Division of Workers Compensation, and the Missouri Public Defender System. He has provided decisional capacity (guardianship) evaluations, psychosexual evaluations, and criminal competency evaluations on referral by patients, private attorneys, and the Missouri Public Defender System. Further, he has also provided criminal competency and mental health commitment evaluations on federal inmates referred by the U. S. Federal Public Defenders Office.

Location and Costs

$62.50 - Regular registration fee
$46.88 - Consortium Affiliate
No Charge - NPTC Director or Supervisor

*Credit card charges are subject to an additional fee.
** Group rates may be available; contact Katherine Dixon to request consideration.

This presentation will be offered via Zoom.

*National Psychology Training Consortium (NPTC) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. NPTC maintains responsibility for this program and its content.