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Sep
20

An Analysis of Problem-Solving Court Programs

Policymakers, researchers, and legal practitioners should look beyond the name designation of the court and instead focus more on the quality and consistency of program implementation across specialized court programs (SCPs) more generally when deciding what type of program will best serve offenders and the court community. This is the bottom line of a recently […]

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Sep
13

Technological Play in Counseling: Using Mario Brothers, Minecraft, and Zelda for Therapeutic Ends with Kevin Hull

Listen HereEpisodePresenterLinks and ReferencesCitationThanksEpisodeAbout this Episode: Mike speaks with Kevin Hull on the use of games in counseling. They discuss the origin of Kevin’s interesting games and play, common objections and concerns about the use of technology in counseling from parents and counselors, and specific examples of integrating games and play in counseling from Kevin’s [...]
By Amanda Beltrani | Thoughtful Counselor
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Sep
13

Dr. Rees Tapsell presents keynote address at IAFMHS

Dr. Rees Tapsell presented his keynote address-- The Treatment and (Re)habilitation of Māori Mentally Abnormal Offenders-- at the International Association of Forensic Mental Health Services (IAFMHS) held in Montreal, Canada from June 25-27, 2019. International Association of Forensic Mental Health Services (IAFMHS) Keynote Address About Dr. Rees Tapsell Dr Tapsell is of Māori, heralding from [...]
By Amber Watkins | Conference CE Credit . Conferences
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Sep
13

Madmen with guns: The relationship between mental health and mass shootings in the United States

Increasing firearm responsibility and safety and reducing mental health stigma to allow seeking treatment may benefit violence prevention efforts and minimize mass shootings. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in Psychology, Public Policy, and Law. Below is a summary of the research and findings as well as a translation of this […]

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Sep
06

What On Earth Shall We Call Ourselves? Challenging the NCC/LPC/LMHC Acronym Soup with Donna Sheperis

Listen HereEpisodePresenterLinks and ReferencesCitationThanksEpisodeAbout this Episode: Mike speaks with Donna Sheperis on the complications of using multiple acronyms to to describe our credentialing, honoring our professional developmental processes while not getting wrapped up in the titles, and letting those we work with guide how we speak about who we are and what we do as [...]
By Amanda Beltrani | Thoughtful Counselor
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Sep
06

Race and Ethnicity in Forensic Mental Health Reports: Biasing or Informative?

The reporting of the evaluee’s race or ethnicity (ERE) in forensic mental health reports (FMHR) has risks and benefits, however, few resources provide guidance on when and how to include this information. This article examines the available information on and explores reasons in support of and against including ERE in FMHR. The benefits and potential […]

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Aug
30

Counseling and Rural Poverty: Honoring Experiences and Advocating for Change with Loni Crumb and Shanita Brown

Listen HereEpisodePresenterLinks and ReferencesCitationThanksEpisodeAbout this Episode: Mike speaks with Drs. Loni Crumb and Shanita Brown about their recent article on mental health and counseling in rural, impoverished communities. PresenterAbout Loni and Shanita: Dr. Loni Crumb is an Assistant Professor in the Counselor Education Program in the Department of Interdisciplinary Professions at East Carolina University and [...]
By Amanda Beltrani | Thoughtful Counselor
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Aug
30

Cultural Competence: More than a Catch Phrase

Forensic mental health professionals are increasingly tasked with evaluating defendants who are culturally, linguistically, and socioeconomically diverse. There remains, however, little guidance on how to apply cultural competency principals to forensic mental health assessment. This article reviews some of the challenges that arise during such evaluations and practice recommendations that can mitigate these challenges. This […]

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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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