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Live Webinar - Category I eligible

When: Saturday, August 8, 2020
9:00 AM
Where: Live Webinar
United States
Contact: Kevin Kinzie

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3 CE credits - Category I eligible

Cultural and Ethical Issues Facing Psychologists Seeking to Improve Relationships Between the Police and the Public
Presenters: Nicole Duranceaux, Ph.D., and Brian Pilgrim, Ph.D.

Saturday, Aug. 8
9:00 a.m. to noon

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Program Description:

The recent prominence of the Black Lives Matter movement subsequent to the killing of George Floyd has once again brought to the forefront the generations old issue of racial injustice that is so tightly woven into our Nation’s history. Because of the building association between racial injustice and policing, many Psychologists in New Mexico have conveyed a desire to take some action through engagement with local Law Enforcement agencies on a statewide basis.

To that end, the current presentation seeks, within the context of Police and Public Safety Psychology, to identify variables that impact police - public interactions, at the individual citizen, officer, group, and societal levels. Using the California Peace Officer Psychological Screening Manual as a guide, we will next provide a general understanding of the history, process and legal issues associated with pre-employment evaluations. Finally, the presentation will discuss specific ways in which psychologists in New Mexico may consider playing an active role in working with the public, local Law Enforcement and State law makers in improving police-public relations, enhancing psychologists’ relationships with their local law enforcement agencies and influence policy toward positive social change".

Learning Objectives:

  • Increase knowledge of variables impacting interactions between the public and law enforcement (LE) at different levels of analysis (e.g., individual, group, societal).
  • Increase knowledge of specific ways psychologists may address these variables to increase effectiveness within LE populations as well as influence positive social change.
  • Acquire a general understanding of the history and process of LE Pre-Employment Psychological Evaluations (PPE), including legal, cultural, and ethical issues. Identify key ways PPEs are distinct from Fitness for Duty Evaluations (FFDE).
  • Apply cultural and ethical considerations to specific examples aimed toward increasing competence in identified domains, and specific actions toward positive social change.


$60 - non members
$45 - NMPA members

This program is sponsored by the New Mexico Psychological Association (NMPA).
NMPA is approved by the New Mexico Board of Psychologist Examiners to sponsor continuing education for New Mexico psychologists.
NMPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

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