Event Registration - Indiana Psychological Association
Homestudy Program: Validity and Effort in Pediatric Assessment (Wright, orig. 11.10.2022)
1/25/2023 - 12/31/2050

Location: Virtual Event

Event Description

We are pleased that you are interested in IPA's Homestudy Continuing Education Programs!

This process is straightforward:  Watch the recording. Complete the evaluation and pass the short test. Receive CE certificate via email.

After registering you will receive a confirmation email, including a critical link and confirmation code. At the very bottom of the email message, you will find an Attendee Confirmation Code for (name) and a link to Log in to event portal at (link). Once logged in, you will see instructions and links to the recording as well as the evaluation and test.


Originally offered as:
IPA 2022 Webinar Series
1.5 Hour of Category I CE credit

Thursday, November 10th, 2022, 11:40 am - 1:10 pm ET

Validity and Effort in Pediatric Assessment
The use of performance validity tests (PVTs) has been recognized as an essential component in adult neuropsychological evaluations, and more recently, when assessing children and adolescents. The American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology (AACN) and the National Academy of Neuropsychology (NAN) recommend the use of effort measures and validity indicators as part of neuropsychological evaluations. Research has shown that children as young as six years old can engage in deception and purposefully under-perform on neurocognitive measures. Youths may feign cognitive problems and/or give noncredible effort for a variety of reasons, including gaining parental attention, access to stimulant medication and school accommodations, avoiding chores or schoolwork, poor engagement with testing, and noncompliance. Undetected inadequate effort during testing threatens the examiner's ability to understand a child's strengths and weaknesses and risks inaccurate diagnoses and inappropriate recommendations. This presentation will provide a review of standalone and embedded pediatric PVTs, discuss the use of PVTs with various clinical groups, review how to document PVTs in reports, and consider approaches in discussing suboptimal performance with children and their families.

Learning Objectives: 
By completing this program, participants will able to:
1.  list available standalone PVTs and embedded effort measures, as well as their psychometric strengths and weaknesses for a variety of clinical groups.
2.  describe reasons why children and adolescent may display noncredible effort on testing.
3.  describe several approaches to discussing suboptimal performance with youths and/or their caregivers during a neuropsychological evaluation.

Presenter Bio:  Garry Wright, PhD, HSPP
Dr. Garry Wright (he/him/his) is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in pediatric neuropsychology and credentialed as a National Register Health Service Psychologist. Following completion of his B.A. in Psychology from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), he obtained his M.S. and Ed.S. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Kentucky. He then earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Gallaudet University. Dr. Wright completed his pre-doctoral internship in pediatric psychology with a focus on intellectual and developmental disabilities at Nationwide Children's Hospital and his two-year postdoctoral fellowship in pediatric neuropsychology at Cook Children's Medical Center. Dr. Wright has extensive experience providing culturally sensitive and trauma informed developmental and neuropsychological evaluations to children and adolescents with a wide range of concerns, including neurodevelopmental conditions (e.g., attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, autism spectrum disorder, learning disorder), acquired brain injuries, and emotional and behavioral challenges (e.g., mood and impulse control disorders).

Dr. Garry Wright

Special Note to Conference Attendees
The Indiana Psychological Association (IPA) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Indiana Psychological Association maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
Indiana State Psychology Board and Indiana Behavioral Health Board:
  • IPA is an approved provider of Category I continuing education for psychologists.
  • IPA is an approved provider of Category I continuing education for LSW, LCSW, LMFT, LMHC, LMFTA, LCAC and LAC.
Licensees must judge the program’s relevance to their professional practice. Non-Indiana licensees are also advised to check with their state's licensing board to assure their state accepts continuing education programs approved by entities approved by the APA.
We ask that all participants watch the entire recorded presentation, and complete the post-program evaluation form and homestudy test at the conclusion of the program. Dr. Wright and IPA have not received any commercial support for this program or its contents and will not receive any commercial support prior to or during this program.
CE certificates will be distributed via email within two weeks after a passing test (75+%) is submitted. 
Registration Fees
*If registered for 2022 IPA Fall Conference, use discount code - $0
IPA Platinum Members (membership includes Fall Conference registration) - $0
IPA New, Premier, & Emeritus-Practicing Members - $30
IPA Basic, Academic, Emeritus-Retired, & Affiliate Members - $35
Non-Members - Psychologists & Other Professionals $50