Author: Amber Watkins

Aug
16

Impact of report framing on juvenile probation officers’ decision making

Findings from this study caution against using negatively framed language in court reports, given its detrimental impacts on JPOs’ perceptions of youths’ compliance and their recommendations to sanction youth and revoke probation. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in Law and Human Behavior. Below is a summary of the research and […]

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Aug
14

Self-Care, Burnout, and the Way Forward – One Counselor’s Inspiring Story with Jessica Smith

Listen HereEpisodePresenterLinks and ReferencesCitationThanksEpisodeAbout this Episode: A conversation With Jessica Smith on counselor self-care, preventing and recovering from burnout, and how to thrive personally and professionally in your practice. PresenterAbout Jessica Smith: Jessica Smith is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Addiction Counselor in private practice in Denver. She is a trauma-informed therapist trained in [...]
By Amber Watkins | Thoughtful Counselor
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Aug
09

The Dark Triad of Sex: Psychopathy, Deviant Sexual Interests, and Gender

The present study examined associations between psychopathic traits and deviant sexual interests across gender in a community sample. The results reflect that there was a stronger association between the antisocial facet of psychopathy and deviant sexual interests in women, compared to men. Furthermore, the associations between the interpersonal facet of psychopathy and voyeuristic interests and […]

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Aug
06

From Combat Vet to Counselor – A Conversation with Duane France: EP136

Listen HereEpisodePresenterLinks and ReferencesCitationThanksEpisodeAbout this Episode: In this episode, Dr. Aaron Smith interviews Duane France – a combat veteran, award winning counselor, author, and advocate for Veterans. Duane is the host of one of the most prolific Veterans mental health podcasts – the Headspace and Timing Podcast – and has published numerous books, including Combat [...]
By Amber Watkins | PTSD . Thoughtful Counselor
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Aug
02

The virtue of similarity: Overcoming resistance in intelligence interviews through cooperative mindset

Creating a relationship with a subject that is based on similarities with the interviewer, rather than on dissimilarities with the target, can overcome barriers to cooperation that stem from affiliation concerns. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in Psychology, Public Policy, and Law. Below is a summary of the research and […]

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Jul
26

Fairness, objectivity, and probability: Perceptions of defendant’s future risk of violence by jurors

When testifying regarding violence risk assessment, the experts are advised to present the information in multiple data formats, including comprehensive risk management plan in conjunction with objective estimates of future behavior, to avoid overestimation of risk by the jurors. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in Psychology, Public Policy, and Law. […]

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Jul
19

A Subpopulation Within a Subpopulation: Working with Women in Forensic Settings

Women’s pathways into and experiences in forensic settings differ from men’s, as they frequently share histories characterized by complex trauma and attachment disturbances. Thus, effective engagement with women requires gender-sensitive techniques, both in assessment and treatment. Some of the challenges that evaluators may face when working with this population include suspiciousness of authority figures and […]

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Jul
12

Helping or hurting: A review of the impact and effectiveness of mental health courts

Mental health courts continue to be the most important interventions for people with mental illness who come in contact with the criminal justice system – however, more precise and well-defined research is needed to understand the overall impact and effectiveness of these interventions. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in Psychology, […]

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Jul
05

Concerns regarding the potential negative effects of the psychopathy “label” on punishment outcomes may not be deserved

Significant effects on punishment outcomes may be attributable to the general impact of any mental disorder diagnosis, rather than psychopathy specifically. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in Law and Human Behavior. Below is a summary of the research and findings as well as a translation of this research into practice. […]

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Jun
28

The first fully randomized field experiment of police interrogations, investigates the impact of video recording

Informing suspects that interrogations are being recorded does not inhibit suspects or alter case dispositions. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in Law and Human Behavior. Below is a summary of the research and findings as well as a translation of this research into practice. Featured Article | Law and Human […]

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Jun
21

A Case of Misdiagnosis? Gang Members’ Mental and Emotional Health Needs

A meta-analysis of available literature on gang members’ mental health and emotions reveals that gang members may be at increased risk of suffering from mental illnesses and negative emotions. However, there remains a limited understanding of how gang members’ self-conscious emotions may relate to persistent offending and violence. Gang members may benefit from more clinically […]

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Words of Caution: Recommendations to Consider when Interviewing Patients with a History of Aggression or Violence

This article discusses some of the issues that arise when interviewing individuals who utilize mental health services in forensic settings, given that many patients in this population have significant histories of aggression and/or violence. We identify important considerations for interviewers related to characteristics of the client, interviewer, and setting of the interview. Lastly, some recommendations […]

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