Psychometric Testing meets the New Revised Mental Listings: The Attorney’s Job Just Got Harder. Part 2
Continued from Part 1
Attorneys taking this course will come to understand that is now much more difficult to get a favorable decision when it comes to “meeting or equaling” a listed mental impairment. Being an applied course, the instructor will demonstrate how attorneys can make use of psychometric test findings (WAIS-IV & WMS-IV) contained in DDS consultative exams to effectively develop and argue the theory of their case for 12.02 Neurocognitive Disorders, 12.05 Intellectual Disorders, and 12.11 Neuro-developmental Disorders. Hands on resource material that can be applied directly to cases will be provided in the course handout.
If there is time, the instructor will talk briefly about posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which is no longer considered under 12.06 Anxiety-Related Disorders. Attorneys will see that its inclusion in the new 12.15 Trauma- and Stressor-Related Disorders, though conceptually sensible, definitionaly is almost impossible to satisfy or meet.
Ronald P. Houston, Ph.D., is a practicing clinical psychologist in Northern Utah and serves as a psychological expert for Federal, Federal and State Administrative Law, and State District Courts, providing expert testimony on Social Security disability, personal injury, workers compensation, diminished capacity, death penalty, and child custody litigation. He maintains special interests in neuropsychological assessment and brain behavior. He is also a seminar instructor for Psychological Institute Educational Services (PIES), an on-line platform that provides continuing education courses to attorneys and other medico-legal professionals on topics relevant to disability, personal injury, and workers’ compensation. Dr. Houston obtained his practical training at Cornell University Medical College – The New York Hospital and Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He routinely presents on national and state levels to attorneys on variety of topics that address the interface between psychology and the law