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Aug
28

Case Rate – Organize, Calculate, Compare

About Case Rate Case Rate (www.caserate.org), developed by Dr. Neil Gowensmith and his team, is the first mobile app ever designed specifically for forensic evaluators. Case Rate provides evaluators with the ability to improve their practice in a number of different ways. The most powerful feature of Case Rate is reviewing the base rates of [...]
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Aug
23

From Negotiating to Counseling – Walking the line with Reggie Parker

Listen HereEpisodePresenterLinks and ReferencesCitationThanksEpisodeAbout this Episode: Priscilla speaks with Reggie Parker on his journey from a career in law enforcement and negotiation to becoming a counselor. They discuss the relationship between law enforcement and mental health, active listening on the streets, decelerating through empathy. PresenterAbout Reggie Parker: Mr. Reggie Parker is a native of Birmingham, [...]
By Amanda Beltrani | Thoughtful Counselor
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Aug
23

Translating risk factors into treatment needs for juveniles with sex offenses

Shifting the focus from risk prediction to treatment and remediation can benefit public policy by improving juvenile outcomes, reducing management cost, and providing substantially more reliable input for the court and all providers. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in Translational Issues in Psychological Science. Below is a summary of the […]

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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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