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Friday Forum Encore: Introductory Topics in Forensic Psychology: Overview of the Field, Getting Started, and Tips for the Reluctant Forensic Psychologist
Metropolitan State University, Midway Campus (Lower Level, Room P)
1450 Energy Park Drive
St. Paul, MN 55108
Friday, February 14, 2020, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM CDT
Category: Friday Forum Encores

Introductory Topics in Forensic Psychology:  Overview of the Field, Getting Started, and Tips for the Reluctant Forensic Psychologist

Friday, February 14, 2020

Registration: 8:30 - 9:00 a.m.
Program: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Friday Forums are cosponsored with the Metropolitan State University Psychology Department.

About the Program

This is an introductory level program about forensic psychology. The presentation will be organized in three sections. The first is a general orientation to the area of forensic psychology, including the scope and methods of the subfield, and ways in which forensic psychology serves different aims than clinical psychology. This section is designed for psychologists in any area of practice who would benefit from broad exposure to forensic psychology. The second section is designed for psychologists who are interested in developing a specialization in forensic psychology. This section will include practical practice guidelines, describing a good fit for forensic psychology and a psychologist’s skills and temperament, direction for developing competency and discussion of ethical issues specific to forensic work. The final section is designed to help psychologists who may find themselves, reluctantly or accidentally, working with clients involved in the legal system. Topics will include responding to subpoenas, communicating with judges and attorneys, and testimony.

Several themes will be stressed across all three sections. These include understanding and bridging the different assumptions between the fields of psychology and law, and an appreciation of "thinking forensically" rather than clinically.

This session is at the introductory level and is designed for psychologists and other mental health professionals.

This session qualifies for 3.0 continuing education credits. You must attend the full 3-hour program to get continuing education credit for the event.

Participants will be able to:

  1. Recognize how forensic practice differs in content, methods, and assumptions from clinical practice.
  2. Apply principles of forensic work in their practice when confronted with court orders, subpoenas, and requests from attorneys.
  3. Demonstrate an increased ability to communicate psychological information understandably to legal professionals.

About the Presenter:

Scott Fischer, Ph.D., ABPP, LP, is a licensed psychologist in St. Paul. The bulk of his practice is psychological assessment, primarily forensic evaluations. Specific areas of practice include criminal, family, and juvenile court. Dr. Fischer earned a Ph.D. from the University of Oregon in Clinical Psychology and completed an internship at Yale University. In the past he has worked in private practice and in community mental health settings. Dr. Fischer is now the owner of Acumen psychology. He is the former chair of the Minnesota Psychological Association Ethics Committee and former Chair of the Minnesota Board of Psychology.  He is a board-certified forensic psychologist.  

Scott Fischer, Ph.D., ABPP, LP, has reported no conflicts of interest.

The Minnesota Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Minnesota Psychological Association maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

ACCESSIBILITY ACCOMMODATIONS:  If you need disability related accommodations, including parking, to make this event accessible, please contact the Metropolitan State University Center for Accessibility Resources, 651-793-1549, or [email protected]

To Register:

Online registration is now closed.

Click here to view and download a PDF registration flyer.

Walk-up registrations are welcome the day of, but pre-registration is preferred.

Pricing MPA Member Non-Member Student
Early Bird Registration - Register by February 7 $45 $65 $15
Regular Registration - Register after February 7 $55 $75 $25


Refund/Cancellation Policy: A 100% refund will be made if the event is cancelled. Refunds, less a $5 handling fee, will be given if a written cancellation is received at least two working days before the scheduled program begins. Transfer of fee to another program is granted if written cancellation notice is received at least one day before the program. No refund or transfer is given the day of the program.

Diversity Statement

The Minnesota Psychological Association actively encourages the participation of all psychologists regardless of age, creed, race, ethnic background, gender, socio-economic status, region of residence, physical or mental status, political beliefs, religious or spiritual affiliation, and sexual or affectional orientation.Although we are an organization of individuals from diverse cultures and backgrounds, the Minnesota Psychological Association also recognizes our core unifying identities as Psychologists who practice in America. We also recognize that we may hold unintentional attitudes and beliefs that influence our perceptions of and interactions with others. Within this context of unity and self-exploration, we are committed to increasing our sensitivity to all aspects of diversity as well as our knowledge and appreciation of the unique qualities of different cultures and backgrounds.We aspire to becoming alert to aspects of diversity, previously unseen or unacknowledged in our culture. In this spirit, we are committed to collaborating with multicultural groups to combat racism and other forms of prejudice as we seek to promote diversity in our society. To this end, we are dedicated to increasing our multicultural competencies and effectiveness as educators, researchers, administrators, policy makers, and practitioners.