Advances in Addressing Violence --- Assessment, Attachment, and Treatment
Length: 6 hours 10 minutes
Exam Items: 15
Potentially violent people pose significant challenges for clinicians at all levels of care. This intermediate workshop provides a developmentally informed model for understanding violence and its relationship to emotional disturbance, mental illness, and substance abuse. This model reflects research showing that violent conduct commonly emerges in the context of histories of adversity/trauma and disturbances of attachment. A risk–needs–responsivity approach is described for assessing violence risk, factors perpetuating violence, and individual treatment factors. The afternoon focuses in detail on attachment as a risk or a protective factor for violence and describes effective treatment approaches for violence.
Learning Objective 1
Describe a research-based and developmentally informed model for understanding violence and its relationship to severe emotional disturbance, severe mental illness, and substance abuse.
Learning Objective 2
Explain how this model reflects research showing that violence conduct commonly emerges in the context of histories of adversity/trauma and disturbances of attachment.
Learning Objective 3
Utilize a risk–needs–responsivity approach for assessing violence risk; factors that predispose, precipitate, and perpetuate violence; protective and mediating factors; and individual treatment factors.
Learning Objective 4
Adapt treatment to the client’s individual risk of violence for more effective treatment outcomes.
Learning Objective 5
Discuss in detail the role of early attachment as a risk or protective factor for violence.
Learning Objective 6
Describe an attachment-focused treatment approach to treatment of violence.
Learning Objective 7
Identify clients’ negative thought patterns that influence self-destructive and violent behavior.
Presenters: Lisa A. Firestone, PhD and Robert T. Kinscherff, PhD, JD
Lisa Firestone PhD is the Director of Research and Education at the Glendon Association and Senior Editor at PsychAlive.org. She is the coauthor of several books including The Self Under Siege, Conquer Your Critical Inner Voice, Creating a Life of Meaning and Compassion and Sex and Love in Intimate Relationships
Dr. Firestone is a regular blogger on Psychology Today and Huffington Post. She is also a national and international presenter on topics that include couple relations, parenting, suicide and violence prevention assessment and treatment.
Robert Kinscherff, PhD, JD is a clinical/forensic psychologist and attorney who currently serves on the administration and faculty at William James College. He is also Senior Fellow in Law and Applied Neuroscience for a joint fellowship of Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Law School, and Senior Associate at the National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice where he is involved in initiatives to support Juvenile Drug Treatment Courts for court-involved youth with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders. He is past two-term Chair of the APA Ethics Committee and has published and taught widely in ethics, law and professional practice.