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Psychological Assessments in a Virtual World

June 23, 2020 2pm EST
Presented by: Dr. Fernando Ortiz, Ph.D., ABPP

Evaluating candidates is a complex process. This webinar will discuss the challenges and obstacles to completing a comprehensive and reliable evaluation using telehealth technologies (e.g., Zoom). We will discuss confidentiality and related professional issues. It will use a case methodology to illustrate these difficulties, strategies to reduce such issues, and general recommendations for more usable reports.

Dr. Fernando A. Ortiz, Ph.D., ABPP is currently the Director of Counseling Services at Gonzaga University and Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Washington, Department of Psychiatry. He was an assistant professor of clinical psychology in the doctoral program at Alliant International University where he taught personality assessment, psychotherapy, and multicultural competencies development for psychologists. He obtained his Bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Saint John’s Seminary College, Camarillo, California. He earned a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Santa Clara University, a Master’s degree in Religious Studies, a Master’s degree in Business Administration, a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University, and a Masters in Philosophy (specialization on ethics) from Holy Apostles Seminary. He received his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Washington State University with a specialization in Mexican ethno-psychology. He completed a post-doctoral specialization at the University of California, Santa Barbara in ethnic minority mental health. His doctoral dissertation was a comprehensive study on the personality structure of Mexicans and this was published in the peer-review scientific journal of Research in Personality. He is a licensed psychologist and certified by the American Board of Professional psychology. Currently, Dr. Ortiz was a member of the National Review Board providing consultation to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops on the prevention of sexual abuse. Dr. Ortiz assists seminaries and religious communities with the psychological evaluation of candidates to the Catholic priesthood and religious communities. He is particularly interested in promoting wellness, self-care, and a holistic human formation for individuals in pastoral settings. In evaluating candidates to the seminary, seminaries, and clergy, he has evaluated over 300 individuals. He is the leading author of the edited book, To Be One in Christ. Intercultural Formation and Ministry published by Liturgical Press (2015).


Zoom Powerpoint file – PDF

Document on a collaboration model – PDF