Confabulation occurs when an individual unintentionally creates a false memory. This phenomenon can range from the slight alteration of minor details for the memory of a real-life event to the grand creation of a memory for an event that never occurred. Confabulation is often observed in individuals with neurological (e.g., Alzheimer’s), psychiatric (e.g., schizophrenia), and developmental (e.g., FASD) conditions. With an unclear etiology, misinformation resulting from confabulation can present quite a challenge when assessing and treating clients. Intended for professionals working in mental health care settings, this training introduces attendees to the construct of confabulation and highlights the dangers that this poses in care settings. Related concepts discussed in this training will include suggestibility, delusions, etiology, cognitive functioning, family systems, memory deficits, false memories, malingering, and lying.
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This training will provide participants clinical knowledge and tools to:
a). Define and describe confabulation and how it presents in mental health treatment.
b). Identify and describe individual- and environment-level risk factors for confabulation.
c). Describe the consequences of confabulation in mental health care settings.
d). Identify and describe the implications of confabulation for assessment and treatment.
e). Discuss cutting edge research studies and potential directions for future research.
Mental health counselors, psychologists, social workers, drug and alcohol counselors, marriage and family therapists, telehealth treatment professionals, and other clinical mental health professionals.
Instructional Level: Intermediate
Instructor(s): Jerrod Brown, PhD, MA, MS, MS, MS
Material Author(s): Jerrod Brown, PhD, MA, MS, MS, MS
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