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Aug
28

APA’s Response (thus far) to the Hoffman Report

As promised, this post reports on the fallout from the Hoffman Report that occurred at the APA Annual Convention in Toronto earlier this month. The following summary of events was presented by Susan McDaniel (APA President-Elect) and Nadine Kaslow (APA Past President) in an email to Division officers. I am replicating the most substantive parts […]

By Patricia Zapf | Uncategorized
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Aug
21

Factors that Predict Severe and Repeated Aggression in Forensic Psychiatric Inpatients

Discriminant model correctly predicts 74.2% of severe repetitive aggressors in forensic psychiatric hospital based on presence of personality disorder, previous suicide attempts, and psychiatric hospitalization as a juvenile. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in International Journal of Forensic Mental Health. Below is a summary of the research and findings as […]

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Aug
14

CONCEPT Offers Fall Training course on Competence to Stand Trial

Best Practices in the Evaluation of Competence to Stand Trial Dr. Patricia Zapf October 4 – December 12, 2015 30 hours over 10 weeks (includes 10 hours of consultation)   One of the primary foundations of criminal law is that all defendants have a right to a fair trial. Towards this end, upwards of 60,000 […]

By Amber Watkins | Competency . Professional Training
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Aug
07

Sequential Lineup Procedure Shows Advantage over Simultaneous

Overall, eyewitness identification performance is poor; however, the sequential procedure used in the field reduces the identification of known-innocents, but the differences are relatively small. 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 […]

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Jul
31

CONCEPT Offers New Course by Michael Perlin and Heather Cucolo

CONCEPT is pleased to be launching a new course by Michael Perlin and Heather Cucolo of Mental Disability Law and Policy Associates. Professors Michael Perlin and Heather Ellis Cucolo will be join CONCEPT in offering a Fall Training course on Mental Disability Law and Criminal Law. This course explores in depth the relationship between mental […]

By Amber Watkins | Professional Training
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Jul
24

Non-Violent, Repeat Offenders Impact the Accuracy of Risk Assessments

Specification of outcome can significantly improve the predictive accuracy of both actuarial and clinical assessments for violence amongst discharged prisoners but with limits. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in International Journal of Forensic Mental Health. Below is a summary of the research and findings as well as a translation of […]

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Jul
17

Join us for a FREE webinar on the LSI-R:SV

Tuesday | August 25th, 2015 | 1:00pm (Eastern) 1 Hour (1 CE) | FREE Learn how to quickly prioritize high-risk offenders with the 8 highest prediction questions from one of the most widely used and best validated risk/needs assessment, the LSI-R.  Offender management is a critical task necessary to protect the general public from crime and harm, […]

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Jul
10

Mental Health and Substance Use Associated with Criminal Activity in Adolescent Inpatients

Older age, male gender, previous admission to a psychiatric facility, a history of childhood maltreatment, limited insight into mental illness, substance use, disorders of childhood/adolescence, and aggressive behavior are found to be associated with criminal activity among adolescent inpatients. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in International Journal of Forensic Mental Health. […]

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Jul
03

Upcoming Psychology-Law Conference Dates

International Conference on Psychology & Law | Nuremberg, Germany August 4– 7, 2015 Sponsored by the European Association of Psychology and Law (EAPL), the Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychiatry, Psychology and Law (ANZAPPL), and the American Psychology-Law Society (AP-LS) in coorperation with the Psychology & Law Division of the German Psychological Society. The […]

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Jun
26

Mental Illness not a Reliable Predictor of Sex Offender Recidivism

Presence of mental illness is less related to risk and needs but is an important factor for treatment responsivity among sexual offenders. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in the International Journal of Forensic Mental Health. Below is a summary of the research and findings as well as a translation of […]

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Jun
19

John Philipsborn’s Keynote Address: Putting Our Jargon into Your Jargon (video)

John Philipsborn presented one of the Keynote Addresses at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychology-Law Society (AP-LS) in San Diego, March 2015, entitled: “Putting our Jargon into Your Jargon.” The address discusses how we can communicate more effectively with the courts and understand recent advances in forensic mental health through case law. About John […]

By Amber Watkins | Keynote Address . Video
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Jun
12

Criminogenic Factors and Psychotic Symptoms Predict Arrest Rates Among People With Serious Mental Illnesses

Criminogenic factors and psychotic symptoms are both useful variables in assessing risk for recidivism among people with mental illnesses not under current correctional supervision. 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 […]

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