Assessing and Treating Adult Firesetting

Date: Wednesday, May 31, 2023
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 2:15 p.m. ET
Format: Live interactive training offered via Zoom
Hosted by: David Prescott, LICSW, ATSA-F

Credit: 3 CE Credit Hours
Cost of training and CE certificate: $90.00
CE Eligibility: APA Psychology
*Counselors and Social Workers we have applied for credits from other agencies

To be eligible for a certificate, you must attend the entire live training and complete an evaluation form within 24 hours following the live event.

This training introduces mental health professionals to recent advances in understanding firesetting behaviors in adults that have led to evidence-informed models for assessment and treatment.

Every year in the U.S., U.K., New Zealand, and Australia, thousands of irresponsible, reckless, and dangerous fires set by adults result in thousands of deaths and injuries, billions of dollars in property loss, and traumatic experiences for individuals and communities. Recent studies suggest that upwards of 20% of adults admitted to psychiatric hospitals have histories of firesetting, or arrests for arson, in their medical record. Yet despite its prevalence and significant potential for harm, intentional firesetting by adults has received remarkably little attention in research and program development, as compared with other violent or concerning behaviors. However, as a result of internationally led research efforts during this past decade, we have seen significant progress in firesetting-specific theory, specific guidance in risk assessment modeling, and manualized treatment models that provide practitioners with the opportunity to implement treatment that addresses the specific needs of these individuals. 

Topics to be covered:
1) Differentiating among the terms firesetting, arson, and pyromania
2) Who sets fires? Demographic and diagnostic data
3) The Multi-Trajectory Theory of Adult Firesetting (M-TTAF)
4) Utilizing structured decision-making models for assessment
5) Incorporating firesetting-specific measures in assessment
6) The Firesetting Intervention Program for Mentally Disordered Offenders (FIP-MO) and the Firesetting Intervention Program for Prisoners (FIPP)

As a result of participating in this training, attendees will be better able to:
1) Describe the demographic and diagnostic characteristics most commonly seen among firesetting adults.
2) Explain the components of the Multi-Trajectory Theory of Adult Firesetting (MTTAF).
3) Describe the four primary risk factors associated with firesetting.
4) Apply firesetting-specific measures in assessment practice
5) Use the treatment elements included in FIP-MO and FIPP treatment models.

Three Hours of Training

The training session starts at 11:00 am Eastern Time and runs until 2:15 pm. The charge is $90. Each registration includes a certificate, whether it be for CE credits hours or for attendance. To be eligible for a certificate, you must attend the entire live training and complete an evaluation form within 24 hours following the live event.

We can refund your training fee up to 24 hours prior to the start of the training.

Continuing Education Credit Hours

Continuing Excellence, LLC is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Continuing Excellence, LLC maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

This program is co-sponsored by Safer Society Press and Continuing Excellence, LLC

Continuing Excellence, LLC
P.O. Box 134, East Middlebury, VT 05740
Tel: (802) 771-4155

Robert Stadolnik, Ed.D.
President, FirePsych

Robert Stadolnik, Ed.D., is a licensed psychologist and President of FirePsych, Inc., a specialized private practice devoted to firesetting assessment, training, and research. Since 1995 he has completed or supervised over 2000 firesetting behavior risk assessments for adults, adolescents, and children. Dr. Stadolnik provides clinical and program consultation in the assessment and treatment of adults with arson/firesetting histories transitioning from hospital care to community living to forensic hospitals, secure psychiatric hospitals, and community service agencies. He also serves as Consulting Psychologist to Brandon Residential Centers (Natick, MA), provides consultation and training to Whiting Forensic Hospital (CT) and Connecticut Valley Hospital. Dr. Stadolnik trains nationally and internationally on juvenile and adult firesetting. 

Additional Information

This training is for professionals working with people who have perpetrated abuse. Professionals who will benefit from this training include social workers, psychologists, clinical counselors, and interested paraprofessionals.

Content Level
Beginner to Intermediate

The presenter does not have published materials related to the training from which they may benefit financially.

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