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SAVRY Predictive Validity in Asian Youth

Youth probation officers are able to adequately predict violent and nonviolent reoffending using the SAVRY with East, Southeast, and South Asian Canadian youth. 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 […]

Integrating Sex-Positivity into Your Clinical Practice: A Conversation with Dean Khambatta

Listen Here Episode Presenter Citation Thanks Episode About this Episode: In today’s episode, Dean Khambatta sheds light on the benefits of therapeutic sex-positivity and discusses practical strategies for counselors to utilize a sex-positive framework in their work with diverse clients.    Presenter About Dean: Dean Khambatta, MA, AMFT is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist living […]

Recommendations for Optimal eMental Healthcare with Forensic Populations

Although eHealth technologies have the potential to be efficacious interventions for forensic populations, attention should be paid to the characteristics of professionals, patients, technology, and the organization throughout the development, implementation, and evaluation of such technologies. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in The Journal of Forensic Psychology Research and Practice. […]

Distinguishing Psychopathy in Adolescents – Promising Avenues

Psychopathy presents a challenging construct to measure, particularly in youth. The MMPI-A-RF shows promising evidence to tap into the Triarchic model of Psychology in adolescents. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in Psychological Assessment. Below is a summary of the research and findings as well as a translation of this research […]

California POST Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training

The following courses have been approved for credit (as designated) by California POST Course Approved Credits Incorporating the MMPI-2-RF in Public Safety Pre-Employment Evaluations 1.0 Cultural Diversity and Competence in Police and Public Safety Psychology 3.5 Foundational & Functional Competencies in Police & Public Safety Psychology 4.0 ABPPSP: Ethical Dilemmas and Complex Relationships in Police […]

Another Tool in the Tool Box? The Utility of the MMPI-2-RF in Sexual Violence Risk Assessment

In a sample of German inmates in an inpatient psychological treatment setting, MMPI-2-RF externalizing scales had the strongest associations with measures of violence and sexual violence risk assessment. Furthermore, the externalizing scales on the MMPI-2-RF may be useful in examining more dynamic factors in conjunction with other static and dynamic risk assessment tools in evaluating […]

Are Youth 12 and Under Truly Competent to Proceed with Trial? Adjudicative Competency in Juveniles

An evaluation of over 600 archived juvenile competency to proceed evaluations in Colorado reveals that examiners were more likely to opine incompetence in adolescents with an intellectual disability or neurodevelopmental disorder. Furthermore, youth aged 12 and younger were more likely to be opined incompetent and were rated as having a poorer prognosis for restoration compared […]

That’s Not What the Doctor Ordered; When PRN Medications are Regularly Administered

In a sample of patients from a forensic psychiatric hospital in Finland, pro re nata (PRN) medications were administered more frequently for both psychiatric and physical reasons in patients who were female, had more severe psychiatric symptoms, and functioned at a lower level. The prevalent use of PRN medications for physical reasons was not explained […]

Importance of targeting criminal risk factors in psychotherapeutic interventions

To be most successful, when treating criminal justice–involved persons with mental illness, practitioners should assess and treat not only symptoms associated with their mental illness but their criminal risk as well. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in Law and Human Behavior. Below is a summary of the research and findings […]