Forensic Mental Health Assessment

Sep
05

Cultural Context Important for Violence Risk Assessment in Australian Aboriginal Offenders

Consideration of cultural context is important for the evaluation of risk for violence in Australian Aboriginal Offenders and, by extension, other cultural minority groups. 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 […]

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Aug
22

Evaluator Differences in PCL-R Scores Suggest Need for Training

Differences in PCL-R scores between evaluators indicate some degree of variability in scoring attributable to evaluators, although these differences were less amongst evaluators who had received formal training on the PCL-R. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in Law and Human Behavior. Below is a summary of the research and findings […]

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Aug
08

Sexual Abuse a Salient Predictor of Recidivism for Juvenile Females, Not Males

A history of sexual abuse was a salient predictor of recidivism for young female offenders, but not for young male offenders. 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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Jul
25

Use of the HCR-V3 in Criminal, Civil, and Pretrial Settings

Taylor & Francis has made the recently published Special Issue of the International Journal of Forensic Mental Health available for free download until the end of the year. Check out these great articles on the HCR-20 Version 3. Introduction to the Special Issue of the HCR-20 Version 3 Author Kevin S. Douglas Abstract The HCR-20 […]

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Jul
11

Use of the HCR-V3 in The Netherlands, Germany, England, and Wales

Taylor & Francis has made the recently published Special Issue of the International Journal of Forensic Mental Health available for free download until the end of the year. Check out these great articles on the HCR-20 Version 3. Introduction to the Special Issue of the HCR-20 Version 3 Author Kevin S. Douglas Abstract The HCR-20 […]

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Jun
27

FREE Special Issue on the HCR-20 Version 3

Looking for a little summer reading? Taylor & Francis have made the recently published Special Issue of the International Journal of Forensic Mental Health available for free download until the end of the year. Check out these great articles on the HCR-20 Version 3. Introduction to the Special Issue of the HCR-20 Version 3 Author […]

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Jun
13

Mentally Ill Offenders Need Criminogenic Treatment Too

Mentally ill offenders need treatment targeted at their criminogenic needs in addition to psychiatric treatment. 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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May
30

Bias in Forensic Mental Health Evaluations

Cognitive biases that affect forensic mental health evaluations are reviewed and suggestions are provided for reducing the impact of these biases in a recently published article in Psychology, Public Policy and Law. Below is a summary of the article and suggestions for applying these principles in forensic practice. Featured Article | Psychology, Public Policy, and […]

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May
16

Noncompliant Behaviors in Mental Health Courts have the Strongest Impact on Failure-to-Graduate

Noncompliant participant behaviors in Mental Health Courts have the strongest impact on failure-to-graduate, which eliminates the mitigating effects of MHCs on risk to reoffend. 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 […]

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Apr
11

Victimization Increases Risk for Violence

Recent victimization increases risk for violence in justice-involved persons with mental illness. 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 Behavior | 2014, […]

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Apr
04

Practical Guidance to Successful Clinical Implementation of the HCR-20 Version 3 (Video)

According to a recent survey, the HCR-20 is the most commonly used violence risk assessment measure across 44 different countries. The HCR-20 assists professionals in correctional, mental health, and forensic settings make decisions about who poses higher versus lower risk for violence, either within institutions or the community, and to devise and monitor risk management […]

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Mar
28

Predictive Validity of the SAVRY Differs Across Ethnic Subgroups

The SAVRY demonstrated moderate predictive ability for general and violent recidivism in an Australian cohort of young male offenders; however, the predictive validity of the SAVRY significantly differed across ethnic subgroups. 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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