2014 Conference Update:
Thank you to the 250 people who came to Austin to attend our Psychopathy conference! At least one-third of the participants traveled from outside the State of Texas, including several international attendees. Special thanks to our presenters Dr. Hare, Dr. Logan, and Dr. O'Toole for sharing their knowledge and expertise. Participant evaluations were excellent and we hope to host this conference annually in Austin. Once we have information about the 2015 conference we will update this site. Thank you again for making this a successful learning experience.
Join presenters Dr. Robert Hare, Dr. Matt Logan, and Dr. Mary Ellen O'Toole to discuss psychopathy and learn practical applications of theory, including what makes psychopaths tick, and how to interview and assess psychopathy.
Psychopathy is a clinical construct defined by a cluster of personality traits and behaviors, including grandiosity, egocentricity, deceptiveness, shallow emotions, lack of empathy or remorse, irresponsibility, impulsivity, and a tendency to ignore or violate social norms.
Not surprisingly, psychopathy plays an important role in all aspects of the criminal justice and mental health systems. It has been described by leading researchers as "the most important and useful psychological construct yet discovered for criminal justice policies," and as "what may be the most important forensic concept of the 21st century."
Psychopathic individuals present a serious challenge to everyone involved with criminal justice, including officers and investigators, judges, prosecutors and defense attorneys, probation officers, correctional adminstrators and personnel, psychologists, psychiatrists and social workers.
Increasingly, the burgeoning clinical and scientific research on psychopathy is helping to influence the ways in which personnel in the criminal justice and mental health systems view crime and criminality. As indicated by a recent Special Issue of the FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin, an understanding of the nature, manifestations, and assessment of psychopathy can have important implications for law enforcement and judicial deliberations and decisions. The areas of interest include criminal investigation, crime-scene analysis, interviewing and interrogation, sentencing decisions, civil commitment, treatment/management options, probation and parole, threat and risk assessment, corporate/white collar crime and malfeasance, and criminal responsibility.
Although reliable and valid assessments of psychopathy can facilitate work in these areas, they also have the potential for misuse and misapplication, with serious consequences for individuals and society.
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