Mental Health Systems

Mar
26

Mindfulness Activity #8

Willfulness is part of the human condition. We say, “it isn’t fair,” It isn’t right,” or “it shouldn’t be this way.” This makes us uncomfortable and angry. If we were to say, “It is…,” we might be sad or uncomfortable, but we will not suffer. Willfulness makes painful situations worse. Willingness does not take away […]

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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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Feb
26

Does Active Response vs. Observer Role Impact Officer Recall of Firearms Encounters?

A recent study in the United Kingdom suggests accurate recall of details in firearms encounters may decrease when police officers have an active role in the encounter. 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 […]

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Dec
04

Mental Health Courts adhering to the Risk-Need-Responsivity Model lower recidivism risk

The Risk-Need-Responsivity model may be an effective case management approach for MHCs to assist with decision-making regarding admission, supervision intensity, and intervention targets. Interventions in mental health court contexts should attend to both criminogenic and mental health needs. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in Law and Human Behavior. Below is […]

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Oct
14

Psychological Assessments for Aboriginal Offenders may be Culturally Biased

The Correctional Service of Canada faces an order to stop using key psychological risk assessments on aboriginal offenders because they may be culturally biased. In a 37-page decision, Federal Court of Canada Judge Michael Phelan said he will hold off for 30 days to give the government time to make submissions on how to establish […]

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Feb
13

Rapid Growth of PCL-R Use in U.S. Courts Accounted for by Prosecution of Sexually Violent Predators and Parole Hearings

The rapid growth of the PCL-R in courts is largely accounted for by prosecution cases against sexually violent predators or in parole hearings. 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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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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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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Jan
03

Developmental Factors May Contribute to Adolescent Offending

Developmental factors serve to tip adolescents’ risk appraisals toward risk-taking, which contributes to adolescent offending. 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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Dec
13

50 Professional Resources Relevant to the Practice of Forensic Psychology

Various professional organizations have developed documents and other resources that are relevant to the practice of forensic psychology. We have collated these below for ease of access, as professionals who practice in the area of forensic psychology should be familiar with the existence of these resources. If you have others you’d like us to add, […]

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