Individuals Convicted for Sexual & Violent Offenses Who Have Personality Disorders: Treatment, Case Management, and Beyond

Date: Tuesday, January 25, 2022
Time: 11:00am – 3:30pm ET
Credit: 4 CE Credit Hours

Cost of training and CE certificate: $100.00
CE Eligibility: APA Psychology*

*Counselors and Social Workers: We have applied for CE credits from other accrediting 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 workshop focuses on the challenging subject of personality disorders and their relevance to understanding men with sexual and violent convictions.  As an expert in this field, Dr. Craissati adopts a psychological approach to diagnostic dilemmas. In this workshop she will explore a number of options for making sense of complex behaviours and risk issues in these individuals.  Having reviewed the evidence base for psychological therapies in this area, she will describe the development in the UK of a pragmatic—and very promising—approach to “psychologically-informed case management.”  Dr. Craissati has planned for plenty of time in the workshop to discuss the issues with the participants and think through the issues raised by some case studies. 

Topics to be covered include:
1) Why worry about personality disorder?
2) The problems with a diagnostic approach
3) Taking a psychological approach to formulation of personality difficulties and their link to offending behaviour.
4) The evidence base for psychological therapies.
5) The Offender Personality Disorder (OPD) Pathway in the UK
6) What is meant by a psychologically-informed case management approach.

As a result of this training, participants will be better able to:
1) Explain the ways in which personality disorder may be linked to heightened risk of further sexual or violent offending.
2) Describe a range of psychological approaches to the formulation of personality and its functional link to violent offending.
3) Explain the evidence base for psychological therapies for personality disorder.
4) Be confident in their psychologically informed case management skills in working with men with sexual and violent offenses and personality disorder.
5) Describe four “Offender Personality Disorder Pathway” outcomes.
6) Classify two overarching mentalizing modes that can be useful in treatment and case management.

Four Hours of Training

The training session starts at 11:00 am Eastern Time and runs until 3:30 pm. The charge is $100. 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 is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Continuing Excellence maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

*Counselors and Social Workers: We have applied for CE credits from other accrediting agencies.

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

Jackie Craissati
Consultant Clinical & Forensic Psychologist, National Health Service in England

Dr. Jackie Craissati is a Consultant Clinical & Forensic Psychologist with 30 years experience of working in the National Health Service in England.  She was Clinical Director of a large Forensic and Prison Directorate in Southeast London, and responsible for the development of the Offender Personality Disorder pathway across London.  She is now Director of Psychological Approaches CIC, and works on a range of projects with the NHS and Criminal Justice systems relating to high risk individuals with sexual or violent convictions and personality difficulties.  She also has a number of governance roles, including the Chair of an NHS mental health trust and Independent Governor of the University of East London.

Dr. Craissati has published widely in the field, with more than 40 peer reviewed articles, and she is the author of six books, all of which have focused on today’s topic.

Dr. Craissati has taken a lead role in training probation and prison staff in the UK in relation to the development of the OPD pathway; she regularly provides keynote presentations on sexual offending, personality disorder, risk assessment and mental illness.  She recently ran a similar workshop for Australian psychologists at the Rivergum Unit, and is scheduled to give a keynote presentation on Sexual Homicide.  She also ran a workshop for 25 prison psychologists on sexual offending and personality disorder.  Dr. Craissati was lead editor of the Practitioner Guide: Working with People in the Criminal Justice System Showing Personality Difficulties, published by Her Majesty’s Prison & Probation Service. 

Additional Information

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

Content Level
Intermediate to Advanced.

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