Practical Strategies for the Treatment and Management of Persons with High Psychopathy and Anti-Social Characteristics

Date: April 5, 2023
Time: 3:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. Eastern
Eligible for: 1.5 CE Credits

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Psychopathy is a construct that is viewed as difficult to manage and often presents challenges to treatment. In fact, some literature suggests that treating individuals with high psychopathy is ineffective or may even make their condition worse. There is a good deal of literature on the evaluation and etiology of psychopathy. However, there is little information on the effective treatment and management of individuals with high psychopathy utilizing principles of Risk, Needs, and Responsivity (RNR). It is essential to understand the personality characteristics of high psychopathy and antisocial persons to engage them in treatment and management effectively.

During this MHS Public Safety Webinar, Ernie Marshall, LCSW, will briefly review the construct and etiology of psychopathy and present practical strategies to engage individuals with high psychopathy in management and treatment successfully. Recognizing and effectively responding to these behaviors and some “Do’s and Don’ts” of working with this population will be discussed. Case examples will be presented to illustrate proposed strategies.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this webinar, you will be able to…

  • Summarize personality characteristics of persons with high psychopathy and anti-social personality disorder.
  • Summarize therapy interfering behavior persons with high psychopathy and anti-social personality disorder may exhibit.
  • Identify effective strategies to negotiate behavior exhibited by identified persons.
  • Name a minimum of one do and don’t for working effectively with these persons.

Presenter Bio:

Ernie Marshall, LCSW, has worked in both clinical and administrative roles in the non-profit and public sectors since 1996. He is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) and has been conducting training for therapists and organizations for over 25 years. Ernie previously served as Director at Community Connection Resource Center in San Diego, California, where he developed, implemented, and supervised multiple programs targeting effective re-integration of high-risk offenders. Ernie has also worked as a Treatment Enhancement Coordinator/Assistant Clinical Administrator with California’s Coalinga State Hospital.

Ernie is currently a Treatment Supervisor at Sand Ridge Secure Treatment Center in Wisconsin, where he supervises the development and delivery of treatment for high-risk sex offenders with elevated levels of psychopathy. His clinical interest/expertise include Motivational Interviewing, Feedback Informed Treatment, “What Works” in psychotherapy, Trauma Informed Care, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, the Treatment and Management of Psychopathy and Personality Disorders, Risk/Needs/Responsivity, Offender Desistance from Crime, Implementation Science, and effective organizational change.

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