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Forensic Mental Health Counseling: Roles, Responsibilities, & Evidence-Based Practices

Forensic Mental Health Counseling: Roles, Responsibilities, & Evidence-Based Practices

Learning some basic skills about how to confidently work with clients when therapy intersects with legal and judicial processes is a fantastic set of skills that can help you provide better, more culturally-informed care for those in the greatest need of mental health services.

Forensic mental counselors are professionals who work at the intersection of the mental health and criminal justice and legal systems. This role is particularly salient because individuals entangled in the criminal justice system are significantly more likely to suffer from mental illness, neurocognitive and neurodevelopmental disorders than the general population. Elevated rates of mental illness include psychotic (e.g., schizophrenia), mood (e.g., depression and mania), personality (e.g., antisocial and borderline personality disorders), substance use, traumatic (e.g., post-traumatic stress disorder), behavioral (e.g., attention-deficit hyperactivity and conduct disorder), and attachment disorders. If untreated, these neuropsychiatric issues can exacerbate the likelihood of persistent involvement in the criminal justice system. As such, forensic mental health counselors play an important role in enhancing short and long-term outcomes for clients and improving public safety. This training provides participants with an overview of the roles and responsibilities forensic mental health counselors. Participants will become familiar with common barriers and challenges many criminal justice-based populations face when returning to the community from a confinement setting. Evidence-based practices commonly used within the field of forensic mental health counseling will also be a topic of discussion in this training. Special topics of discussion will include criminal recidivism, confabulation, suggestibility, forensic aspects of personality disorders and serious and persistent mental illness, empathy deficits, alexithymia, self-control problems, executive dysfunction and metacognitive deficits, sleep disorders, psychopathy, sexual offending, social cognition deficits, and traumatic-brain injury to name a few. Throughout this training, participants will critically evaluate peer reviewed research findings on various topics related to forensic mental health counseling. Empirically based research findings will be discussed throughout this training.

 

 

Cost: $82.50 – Want to attend this course and any future event or course from our CE library for FREE and unlimited for the cost of $34.99/month for 12 months??!! Check out our Everything Plan here.

 

 

Objectives:

This training will provide participants clinical knowledge and tools to:

a). Define forensic mental health counseling and other related topics.

b). Learn and describe the roles and responsibilities of a forensic mental counselor.

c). Describe at least two evidence-based practices commonly used within the field of forensic mental health counseling.

d). Learn at least two interviewing, screening, and intervention approaches through a forensic mental health counseling lens.

e). Learn and understand relevant, key empirically-based research findings.

 

Target Audience:

Mental health counselors, psychologists, social workers, drug and alcohol counselors, marriage and family therapists, telehealth treatment professionals, and other clinical mental health professionals.

 

Instructional Level: Intermediate

Instructor(s): Jerrod Brown, PhD, MA, MS, MS, MS

Material Author(s): Jerrod Brown, PhD, MA, MS, MS, MS

Jerrod Brown, Ph.D., M.A., M.S., M.S., M.S., is a professor, trainer, researcher, and consultant with multiple years of experience teaching collegiate courses. Jerrod is also the founder and CEO of the American Institute for the Advancement of Forensic Studies (AIAFS). Jerrod has also provided consultation services to a number of caregivers, professionals, and organizations pertaining to topics related to autism spectrum disorder (ASD), fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD), confabulation, suggestibility, trauma and other life adversities, traumatic brain injury (TBI), and youth firesetting. Jerrod has completed four separate master’s degree programs and holds graduate certificates in Neuropsychology, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Other Health Disabilities (OHD), and Traumatic-Brain Injuries (TBI). Jerrod has also conducted over 200 workshops, webinars, and on-demand trainings for various organizations and professional and student audiences. In 2021, Jerrod completed a post-doctoral certificate in Leadership and Organizational Strategy from Walden University and a Professional Certificate in Forensic Psychology from San Diego State University Global Campus. Currently, Jerrod is pursuing a graduate certificate in Neuroscience and the Law from Michigan State University. Jerrod has published several articles and book chapters, and recently, co-edited the book Forensic Mental Health: A Source Guide for Professionals (Brown & Weinkauf, 2018) with Erv Weinkauf. Jerrod is also regularly featured on several national and international podcast programs. Email: Jerrod01234Brown@live.com

For additional information about this course, the instructors, or the material authors, please contact Content Assistance at content@onlinececredits.com.

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Criminal Offenders: Impulse Control & Conduct Disorder Profiles, Screening, & Interventions

Criminal Offenders: Impulse Control & Conduct Disorder Profiles, Screening, & Interventions

What separates a person prone to anger outbursts, defiant behavior, and impulse control issues who doesn’t commit crimes from another person with the same behavior and emotional profile who does go on to commit criminal acts? If we can effectively screen for this combination, then we are well on our way to being able to understand it, and then treat it toward prevention. Join Dr. Jerrod Brown as he takes you on a journey into conduct disorder and disruptive, impulse control behavior profiles and how they may be associated with a propensity to commit violent crime. After taking this training, you will be equipped with the skills to prevent the possible commission of a violent act before it occurs, helping to potentially save multiple lives in the process!

Disruptive, impulse-control, and conduct disorders are characterized by symptoms of aggression, angry outbursts, antisocial behaviors, self-control problems, defiance of authority figures, impulsivity, and uncooperative and defiant behaviors. In combination with other environmental, family, socio-emotional, and physical health factors, these multi-faceted conditions can contribute to a host of consequences, including an increased risk of criminality. This training is designed to increase understanding of the causes, consequences, and implications these disorders have on criminal offending behavior. Interviewing, screening, ans intervention approaches will also be discussed in this training. Related topics considered during this training will include criminal recidivism, anger, violence, and aggression, rumination, psychopathology, adverse childhood experiences, alexithymia, metacognition, substance misuse, head trauma, hypothalamic–pituitary–adrenal (HPA) axis dysregulation, central, nervous system dysfunction, impulsivity, theory of mind, adaptive functioning, sleep problems, special needs populations, and antisocial behavior to name a few. Empirically based research findings will be discussed throughout this training.

 

 

Cost: $90 – Want to attend this course and any future event or course from our CE library for FREE and unlimited for the cost of $34.99/month for 12 months??!! Check out our Everything Plan here.

 

 

Objectives:

This training will provide participants clinical knowledge and tools to:

a). Define disruptive, impulse-control, and conduct disorders.

b). Learn and describe the common causes and consequences associated with disruptive, impulse-control, and conduct disorders.

c). Learn and understand at least 3 interviewing, screening, and intervention options.

d). Understand and describe the role and impact disruptive, impulse-control, and conduct disorders have on criminal offending behavior.

e). Acquire an understanding of the existing empirical research on disruptive, impulse-control, and conduct disorders.

 

Target Audience:

Mental health counselors, psychologists, social workers, drug and alcohol counselors, marriage and family therapists, telehealth treatment professionals, and other clinical mental health professionals.

 

Instructional Level: Intermediate

Instructor(s): Jerrod Brown, PhD, MA, MS, MS, MS

Material Author(s): Jerrod Brown, PhD, MA, MS, MS, MS

Jerrod Brown, Ph.D., M.A., M.S., M.S., M.S., is a professor, trainer, researcher, and consultant with multiple years of experience teaching collegiate courses. Jerrod is also the founder and CEO of the American Institute for the Advancement of Forensic Studies (AIAFS). Jerrod has also provided consultation services to a number of caregivers, professionals, and organizations pertaining to topics related to autism spectrum disorder (ASD), fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD), confabulation, suggestibility, trauma and other life adversities, traumatic brain injury (TBI), and youth firesetting. Jerrod has completed four separate master’s degree programs and holds graduate certificates in Neuropsychology, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Other Health Disabilities (OHD), and Traumatic-Brain Injuries (TBI). Jerrod has also conducted over 200 workshops, webinars, and on-demand trainings for various organizations and professional and student audiences. In 2021, Jerrod completed a post-doctoral certificate in Leadership and Organizational Strategy from Walden University and a Professional Certificate in Forensic Psychology from San Diego State University Global Campus. Currently, Jerrod is pursuing a graduate certificate in Neuroscience and the Law from Michigan State University. Jerrod has published several articles and book chapters, and recently, co-edited the book Forensic Mental Health: A Source Guide for Professionals (Brown & Weinkauf, 2018) with Erv Weinkauf. Jerrod is also regularly featured on several national and international podcast programs. Email: Jerrod01234Brown@live.com

For additional information about this course, the instructors, or the material authors, please contact Content Assistance at content@onlinececredits.com.

Featured Materials :

Course materials for online asynchronous courses are found in the Lesson module after a course is purchased.

Sadistic Homicide Offenders: Profiles, Patterns, & Prevention

Sadistic Homicide Offenders: Profiles, Patterns, & Prevention

 

Killers kill for varied reasons. Some possess clinical levels of traits within the so-called “Dark Tetrad”: Narcissism, Psychopathy, Machiavellianism, and Sadism. Research supports that if a person scores high in one of these areas, they are more likely to score relatively high in another.

Sadistic killers are primarily motivated by their desire to inflict pain or suffering on others for their own pleasure. Though we tend to highlight those killers particularly motivated by their sexual perversions and sexually sadistic desires to kill, not all sadistic killers are motivated by perverted sexual fantasy. Even if we have little occasion to treat sadistic killers in a clinical setting, it is important to know the developmental characteristics, environmental drivers, and psychological factors that uniquely contribute to this type of violent, horrific, and destructive behavior. A solid clinical foundation in this area of neurocriminology plays a critical role in prevention, which may ultimately save lives.

Sadistic homicide offenders, although rare, cause great harm and suffering to their victims and society. The crimes committed by these types of offenders generate extensive media coverage and contribute to much public confusion, fear, and fascination. This training will examine the possible prenatal and postnatal neurobiopsychosocial factors associated with sadistic homicide offending through a neurocriminological and forensic psychological lens. Early life prevention and intervention strategies will also be discussed. Related topics discussed will include: offender typologies and classifications, juvenile sadistic homicide offenders, mysopeds, the Dark Tetrad, psychiatric disorder, deviant sexual fantasies, triggering events, revenge, rage control issues, social skill limitations, attachment dysregulation, similarities and differences between serial sexual homicide offenders vs. non-serial sexual homicide offenders and single offender homicide perpetrators, crime scene behaviors, weapon selection, homicidal necrophilia, caregiver abuse and neglect, violent pornography exposure, paraphilic behaviors, empathy deficits, sexual sadism, personality disorders, psychopathy, and more.

 

Cost: $75 – Want to attend this course and any future event or course from our CE library for FREE and unlimited for the cost of $34.99/month for 12 months??!! Check out our Everything Plan here.

 

Objectives:

This training will provide participants clinical knowledge and tools to:

a). Define sadistic homicide offenders, neurocriminology, forensic psychology, and other related constructs.

b). Learn and describe the potential prenatal and postnatal factors associated with these cases.

c). Learn and discuss how neurocriminology and forensic psychology research can provide additional insights into why some individuals commit sadistic homicide offenses.

d). Learn and discuss early life prevention and intervention approaches through a neurocriminological and forensic psychological lens.

e). Review and discuss empirically based research findings and related case studies.

 

Target Audience:

Mental health counselors, psychologists, social workers, drug and alcohol counselors, marriage and family therapists, telehealth treatment professionals, and other clinical mental health professionals.

 

Instructional Level: Intermediate

Instructor(s): Jerrod Brown, PhD, MA, MS, MS, MS

Material Author(s): Jerrod Brown, PhD, MA, MS, MS, MS

Jerrod Brown, Ph.D., M.A., M.S., M.S., M.S., is a professor, trainer, researcher, and consultant with multiple years of experience teaching collegiate courses. Jerrod is also the founder and CEO of the American Institute for the Advancement of Forensic Studies (AIAFS). Jerrod has also provided consultation services to a number of caregivers, professionals, and organizations pertaining to topics related to autism spectrum disorder (ASD), fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD), confabulation, suggestibility, trauma and other life adversities, traumatic brain injury (TBI), and youth firesetting. Jerrod has completed four separate master’s degree programs and holds graduate certificates in Neuropsychology, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Other Health Disabilities (OHD), and Traumatic-Brain Injuries (TBI). Jerrod has also conducted over 200 workshops, webinars, and on-demand trainings for various organizations and professional and student audiences. In 2021, Jerrod completed a post-doctoral certificate in Leadership and Organizational Strategy from Walden University and a Professional Certificate in Forensic Psychology from San Diego State University Global Campus. Currently, Jerrod is pursuing a graduate certificate in Neuroscience and the Law from Michigan State University. Jerrod has published several articles and book chapters, and recently, co-edited the book Forensic Mental Health: A Source Guide for Professionals (Brown & Weinkauf, 2018) with Erv Weinkauf. Jerrod is also regularly featured on several national and international podcast programs. Email: Jerrod01234Brown@live.com

For additional information about this course, the instructors, or the material authors, please contact Content Assistance at content@onlinececredits.com.

Featured Materials :

 Course materials for online asynchronous courses are found in the Lesson module after a course is purchased.

Sadistic Homicide Offenders: Profiles, Patterns, & Prevention

Serial Killing: Patterns, Profiles, & Prevention – A Neurocriminological Perspective

Although serial killing is relatively uncommon (thankfully!), the personality features and mental health profiles that most serial killers share are not extremely rare. Even if we have little occasion to treat known serial killers in a clinical setting, it is important to know the developmental characteristics, environmental drivers, and psychological factors that uniquely contribute to this type of violent, horrific, and destructive behavior. A solid clinical foundation in this area of neurocriminology plays a critical role in prevention, which may ultimately save lives.

Serial killing is a complex, multifaceted, and frightening criminal behavior that is likely influenced by several prenatal and postnatal neurological, biological, social, family, and psychological factors. This training will examine the neurobiopsychosocial factors associated with serial killing through a neurocriminological and forensic psychological lens. Early life prevention and intervention strategies will also be discussed. Related topics discussed during the course of this training will include patterns, profiles, motives, and typologies, victim-offender dynamics, similarities and differences between serial killing and mass homicide offenders, head injury, frontal lobe impairments, attachment dysregulation, psychophysiology, criminal profiling, childhood abuse and neglect, biochemical abnormalities, dysfunctional caregiving practices, rejection, humiliation, and abandonment, bullying, deviant sexual fantasies, MacDonald triad, the Dark Tetrad, narcissistic injury and more. Empirically based research findings and case studies will be discussed throughout this training.

 

 

Cost: $82.50 – Want to attend this course and any future event or course from our CE library for FREE and unlimited for the cost of $34.99/month for 12 months??!! Check out our Everything Plan here.

Objectives:

This training will provide participants clinical knowledge and tools to:

a). Define serial killing, neurocriminology, forensic psychology, and other related constructs.

b). Learn and describe the potential prenatal and postnatal factors associated with these cases.

c). Learn and describe how neurocriminology and forensic psychology research can provide additional insights into why some individuals become serial killers.

d). Learn and describe early life prevention and intervention approaches through a neurocriminological and forensic psychological lens.

e). Review and discuss empirically based research findings and related case studies.

 

Target Audience:

Mental health counselors, psychologists, social workers, drug and alcohol counselors, marriage and family therapists, telehealth treatment professionals, and other clinical mental health professionals.

 

Instructional Level: Intermediate

Instructor(s): Jerrod Brown, PhD, MA, MS, MS, MS

Material Author(s): Jerrod Brown, PhD, MA, MS, MS, MS

Jerrod Brown, Ph.D., M.A., M.S., M.S., M.S., is a professor, trainer, researcher, and consultant with multiple years of experience teaching collegiate courses. Jerrod is also the founder and CEO of the American Institute for the Advancement of Forensic Studies (AIAFS). Jerrod has also provided consultation services to a number of caregivers, professionals, and organizations pertaining to topics related to autism spectrum disorder (ASD), fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD), confabulation, suggestibility, trauma and other life adversities, traumatic brain injury (TBI), and youth firesetting. Jerrod has completed four separate master’s degree programs and holds graduate certificates in Neuropsychology, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Other Health Disabilities (OHD), and Traumatic-Brain Injuries (TBI). Jerrod has also conducted over 200 workshops, webinars, and on-demand trainings for various organizations and professional and student audiences. In 2021, Jerrod completed a post-doctoral certificate in Leadership and Organizational Strategy from Walden University and a Professional Certificate in Forensic Psychology from San Diego State University Global Campus. Currently, Jerrod is pursuing a graduate certificate in Neuroscience and the Law from Michigan State University. Jerrod has published several articles and book chapters, and recently, co-edited the book Forensic Mental Health: A Source Guide for Professionals (Brown & Weinkauf, 2018) with Erv Weinkauf. Jerrod is also regularly featured on several national and international podcast programs. Email: Jerrod01234Brown@live.com

For additional information about this course, the instructors, or the material authors, please contact Content Assistance at content@onlinececredits.com.

Featured Materials :

Course materials for online asynchronous courses are found in the Lesson module after a course is purchased.

Sadistic Homicide Offenders: Profiles, Patterns, & Prevention

Criminal Offending & Deficits in Social Cognition, Empathy, & Theory of Mind

We know that appropriate social, emotional, and physical development from birth is essential to a healthy and fulfilling existence. But did you know that those who exhibit criminal offending behaviors are shown to have disproportionately inadequate social functioning? This makes both nature and nurture so important in the upbringing of a human being. Lack of successful social development is indeed a contributing factor to the capacity to commit crimes later in life.

Social cognition is an umbrella term that includes several processes that are important for the understanding, perceiving, and representation of social information and behavior. Empathy is the ability to recognize and comprehend the feelings and experiences of someone else. Critical in the manifestation of prosocial behavior, empathy is typically divided into the subcomponents of cognitive empathy and affective empathy. Theory of mind is the capacity to recognize and comprehend the mental states (i.e., beliefs, motivations, thoughts, feelings, misconceptions, presumptions, and desires) to oneself as well as other individuals. Theory of mind also supports social competence, including emotion regulation, empathy, moral reasoning, play, positive social skills, competent peer interactions, and positive classroom and group behavior. When deficits arise in any of these areas, this may increase one’s risk of engaging in criminal offending behavior.

Intended for professionals, this training is designed to increase understanding of the causes, consequences, and implications these topics have on criminal offending behavior. Interviewing, screening, intervention approaches will also be discussed in this training. Related topics discussed during this training will include antisocial behaviors, criminal recidivism, neonatal imitation, joint attention, moral development, prenatal and postnatal trauma, attachment disorders, affective recognition, oxytocin, self-control deficits, mentalization, emotional and social intelligence, recognition of facial expressions, perspective taking, pragmatic language skills, executive dysfunction and metacognitive deficits, alexithymia, trauma and other life adversities, comorbid psychopathology, substance use, special needs population, and socioemotional processing weaknesses to name a few. Empirically based research findings will be discussed throughout this training.

 

Cost: $90 – Want to attend this course and any future event or course from our CE library for FREE and unlimited for the cost of $34.99/month for 12 months??!! Check out our Everything Plan here.

 

 

Objectives:

This training will provide participants clinical knowledge and tools to:

a). Define social cognition, empathy, and theory of mind (ToM) and other related constructs as well as review empirically-based research findings.

b). Learn and understand the building blocks and various dimensions associated with these social deficits and their relationship to criminal offending behavior.

c). Identify red flag indicators, warning signs, and consequences associated with these social deficits.

d). Learn and recognize how deficits in the area of social cognition, empathy, and theory of mind can contribute to criminal offending behavior.

e). Learn and practice interviewing, screening, and intervention approaches to address criminal offending behaviors and related social deficits.

 

Target Audience:

Mental health counselors, psychologists, social workers, drug and alcohol counselors, marriage and family therapists, telehealth treatment professionals, and other clinical mental health professionals.

 

Instructional Level: Intermediate

Instructor(s): Jerrod Brown, PhD, MA, MS, MS, MS

Material Author(s): Jerrod Brown, PhD, MA, MS, MS, MS

Jerrod Brown, Ph.D., M.A., M.S., M.S., M.S., is a professor, trainer, researcher, and consultant with multiple years of experience teaching collegiate courses. Jerrod is also the founder and CEO of the American Institute for the Advancement of Forensic Studies (AIAFS). Jerrod has also provided consultation services to a number of caregivers, professionals, and organizations pertaining to topics related to autism spectrum disorder (ASD), fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD), confabulation, suggestibility, trauma and other life adversities, traumatic brain injury (TBI), and youth firesetting. Jerrod has completed four separate master’s degree programs and holds graduate certificates in Neuropsychology, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Other Health Disabilities (OHD), and Traumatic-Brain Injuries (TBI). Jerrod has also conducted over 200 workshops, webinars, and on-demand trainings for various organizations and professional and student audiences. In 2021, Jerrod completed a post-doctoral certificate in Leadership and Organizational Strategy from Walden University and a Professional Certificate in Forensic Psychology from San Diego State University Global Campus. Currently, Jerrod is pursuing a graduate certificate in Neuroscience and the Law from Michigan State University. Jerrod has published several articles and book chapters, and recently, co-edited the book Forensic Mental Health: A Source Guide for Professionals (Brown & Weinkauf, 2018) with Erv Weinkauf. Jerrod is also regularly featured on several national and international podcast programs. Email: Jerrod01234Brown@live.com

For additional information about this course, the instructors, or the material authors, please contact Content Assistance at content@onlinececredits.com.

Featured Materials :

Course materials for online asynchronous courses are found in the Lesson module after a course is purchased.