A Developmental Understanding for Assessment and Treatment of Violent Individuals

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CE Credit: 5

Length: 3 hours 30 minutes

Exam Items: 10

The prodigious rates of violence in our country establish a need for accurate risk assessment, a comprehensive management strategy, and effective treatments for violent individuals. This intermediate workshop provides an in-depth understanding of the developmental issues contributing to violence, the triggers of violence, assessment, case management, and treatment of violent or potentially violent individuals. The use of video excerpts, case studies, and hands-on use of assessment instruments provides skill enhancements that can be directly applied in clinical practice.

Learning Objective 1
Identify clients' negative thought patterns that influence self-destructive and violent behavior.

Learning Objective 2
Utilize assessment and interview techniques, based on static and dynamic risk factors, to effectively identify those at greatest risk for violent behavior.

Learning Objective 3 
Utilize an innovative cognitive/affective/behavioral approach for treating violent clients.

Presenter: Lisa Firestone, PhD

Lisa Firestone, PhD is the Director of Research and Education at the Glendon Association. Since 1987, she has been involved in clinical training and applied research in the areas of suicide and violence. These studies resulted in the development of the Firestone Assessment of Self-Destructive Thoughts (FAST), the Firestone Assessment of Violent Thoughts (FAVT), and the Firestone Assessment of Suicide Intent (FASI), all published by PAR.  Dr. Firestone’s most recent publications include: Voice Therapy: A Treatment for Depression and Suicide (in R. Yufit and D. Lester, Eds, Assessment, Treatment, and Prevention of Suicidal Behavior); Suicide and the Inner Voice (in T. Ellis, Ed, Cognition and Suicide: Theory, Research and Practice); and Separation Theory and Voice Therapy Methodology Applied to the Treatment of Katie: A Diary-based, Retrospective Case Conceptualization and Treatment Approach (in D. Lester, Ed, The Secret Diary of Katie: Unlocking the Mystery of a Suicide.)

Supplementary Materials

  • Handout