Free Live Webinar Series

Welcome to the Global Institute of Forensic Research (GIFR)’s, a brand of MHS Public Safety, free live webinar series! GIFR is the leading provider of high-quality online training for mental health, correctional, and law enforcement professionals. Each year, GIFR hosts free webinars offered by thought-leaders and partnering organizations including Sex Offender Civil Commitment Programs Network (SOCCPN).

The listed webinars are free, live, interactive, and open to anyone. Various webinars are also eligible for continuing education (CE) credit. Those that are eligible for CE credit will be indicated as so. Complete the sign-up form of the webinar you wish to attend by clicking on “Read More”.

Not able to attend the scheduled free webinar? All registrants will receive a free recording of the webinar as long as the respective registration form is submitted.

IMPORTANT: Attendees who are not current GIFR members must attend the free live webinar in its entirety in order to obtain CE credit. Recordings are not eligible for CE credit for non-members. Attendance will be monitored. To learn more about GIFR membership, visit

Title: The why and how of Performance Validity Testing in children and adolescents: The Pediatric Performance Validity Test Suite (PdPVTS™)

Date: September 14, 2022

Time: 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Eastern

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Description: The importance of performance validity and effort assessment in child and adolescent evaluations is increasingly being recognized, and this is reflected in the rapidly developing literature on this topic. A surprising number of children fail performance validity testing across many settings, including special education evaluations, forensic cases (e.g., mild TBI litigation), assessments for testing accommodations, 504 plans, social security disability, and more.


During this MHS Public Safety Webinar, Dr. Cecil R. Reynolds, ABN, ABPdN will share contemporary research on the prevalence of invalid test performance among children and adolescents. He will also discuss the frequency of performance validity tests used during pediatric evaluations, potential factors underlying a youth’s failure to provide their best effort on testing, and the development of objective methods of assessing the performance validity in pediatric populations.

Title: Risk Managing Demand for Differential Response: A Case Study in Evidence-Based Policing

Date: August 24, 2022

Time: 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM Eastern

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Description: Central to the discussion of police in a post-George Floyd era is how better to handle the demand for order in a civil society. The local government commonly utilizes police as an all-hazards responder to investigate, and further triage calls for service. As American society has become increasingly intolerant of the collateral harms resulting from this response model, a renewed focus on a differential police response, co-response, and response alternatives have emerged. During this MHS Public Safety Webinar, Loren T. Atherley, Director of Performance Analytics & Research and the Senior Research Scientist for the Seattle Police Department, examines a project focused on identifying which calls for service might be handled by other than all-hazards responders—safely—in the city of Seattle. The Seattle Police Department is constructing a framework grounded in risk management to triage and "right-size" the response to approximately 400k calls for service received annually. Established and tested in commercial aviation, firefighting, heavy manufacturing, volatile chemical production, mining, and other high-risk endeavors, this approach plots more than fourteen years of police response activity on a 5x5 risk matrix representing the likelihood of a severe outcome (death, injury, and harm) may occur.