Post-Conference Workshop Information


SSSP post-conference workshops 2019

May 5, 2019


Assessment of Psychopathy via Clinical Assessment Instruments
May 5, 2019, Morning (8:30 – noon)

This workshop will discuss the clinical assessment of psychopathy via tests that psychologists routinely use in clinical practice. Multiple theoretical perspectives of psychopathy will be considered. Particular emphasis will be placed on the MMPI-2 Restructured Form (MMPI-2-RF), Personality Assessment Inventory (PAI), the NEO Personality Inventory-3 (NEO PI-3), and Millon Multiaxial Clinical Inventory – IV (MCMI-IV), and each of these tests will be described in sufficient detail for the purposes of this training. A substantial amount of time will be spent on discussing research supporting their use for psychopathy assessment, but specific practical applications and interpretative recommendations will be covered as well. Finally, case illustrations based on individuals evaluated in forensic and clinical practice will be presented.

Presenter: Martin Sellbom

Martin Sellbom is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand. He received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 2007 from Kent State University (Kent, Ohio, USA). Dr. Sellbom’s research focuses on psychopathy and other personality disorders, the broader integration of personality and psychopathology, and applied personality assessment with the MMPI-2-RF. His work has been featured in about 200 peer-reviewed publications. He has also won several awards, including the American Psychology-Law Society’s Saleem Shah Award and Society for Personality Assessment’s Samuel and Anne Beck Award – both for early career achievement. Dr. Sellbom is the current Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Personality Assessment. For his clinical practice, he specializes in court-ordered forensic psychological evaluations and pre-employment evaluations for public safety positions.

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Writing for impact
May 5, 2019, Afternoon (1:00 – 4:30 pm)

This writing workshop will cover general writing principles to make your writing more clear and structured to aid publication. We will also cover writing technicalities which can be applied to any piece of writing for dissemination. Practical exercises will cover writing abstracts and summaries for journal publication and for science communication to the public. Additionally, we will briefly cover some tips about how to apply these writing principles to grant writing. This workshop is aimed at graduate students and early career researchers and anyone who wants to become more aware of their communication styles.

Presenter: Luna Muñoz Centifanti

Luna C. Muñoz Centifanti is a Senior Lecturer in clinical psychology at the University of Liverpool. She has received numerous invitations to serve the international research community. First, she is Treasurer for the Society for the Scientific Study of Psychopathy. Second, she is co-Editor for Social Development, an international journal. Luna is also co-editor of Wiley’s Handbook of Developmental Psychopathology and head of the CARES lab which seeks to understand forensic, clinical and other mental health outcomes in children and adults. Her main field of research is the development of aggression and violence. A callous-unemotional (CU) style has been found to be highly related to violence and aggression in both boys and girls. As a developmental psychopathologist, Luna is interested in the emotional and social life of those children with CU traits. Thus, she has examined CU traits and their relation to subtypes of aggression, emotional and physiological unresponsiveness, problematic peer relationships, and parenting relationships. Her longitudinal work on CU traits and parenting has been recognized by Economic and Social Research Council and Longview with the Neville Butler Memorial Prize (2011). Luna has delivered invited talks at Her Majesty’s Prisons in Risely and Wymott. Her media appearances include Sky TV, BBC, Secrets of the Brain, and an interview write-up for The Telegraph. Her TEDx Durham University talk has over 45,000 views.

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Assessment of psychopathy using the Hare Psychopathy Checklist-Revised
May 5, 2019, Full Day (8:30 – 4:30 pm)


The Hare Psychopathy Checklist-Revised (PCL-R, Hare, 1991, 2003) is widely accepted as the most reliable and valid method for assessing psychopathy in adults. The PCL-R uses interview and collateral (e.g., file) information to score 20 items that measure the interpersonal, affective, and social deviance/lifestyle components of psychopathy. The PCL-R was designed to measure the construct of psychopathy, but because psychopathy is related to general, violent, and sexual reoffending, the PCL-R increasingly finds use in dangerous offender, sexual predator, and civil commitment proceedings and as an important factor in the assessment of risk a variety of forensic populations. It also is used as an aid in the determination of sentencing options, treatment suitability, and institutional placements. The widespread use of the PCL-R for making decisions that potentially have a great impact on individuals and on society makes it imperative that the instrument be administered only by qualified clinicians and researchers, and in accordance with accepted professional and ethical standards.

The aims of the Workshop are to (1) discuss the uses and potential misuses of the PCL-R; and (2) provide participants with training and practice in the administration, scoring, and interpretation of the PCL-R.

Workshop Content

* PCL-R: Administration procedures: interviews and collateral reviews
* PCL-R: Scoring: Item ratings, item definitions
* PCL-R: Scoring of vignette cases
* Appropriate uses, ethical issues and cautions about PCL-R use

Presenters: Dave Kosson and Adelle Forth (with introductory remarks by Robert Hare)

Dave Kosson is Professor of Psychology at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. His research focuses on the cognitive, emotional, interpersonal, and developmental mechanisms underlying psychopathy and other personality disorders. He has authored over 100 articles in peer-reviewed journals and co-authored the Psychopathy Checklist: Youth Version. He also developed the Interpersonal Measure of Psychopathy along with interpersonal measures of schizoidia, schizotypy, borderline personality disorder, and narcissism. His research on the mechanisms underlying psychopathy has been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health. He worked with Dr. Joseph Newman to conduct some of the early studies that established the value of the response modulation hypothesis. He also developed the left hemisphere activation hypothesis of psychopathy and, more recently, the affect regulation theory of psychopathy. He has trained researchers in several countries about how to assess psychopathy and has studied the validity of psychopathy in different cultures. He served as the President of the Society for the Scientific Study of Psychopathy from 2011 to 2013. He founded the Aftermath: Surviving Psychopathy Foundation in 2006 to increase awareness about the impact of people with psychopathic traits on family members, friends, colleagues, and romantic partners and to provide help to people who have suffered through traumatic relationships with psychopathic individuals. He has served as the President of the Aftermath Foundation since 2006 and has presented workshops to psychotherapists, family court judges, attorneys, and social workers, and to court appointed special advocates.

Adelle Forth is an Associate Professor at the Department of Psychology at Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario. She worked with Dr. Robert Hare to develop the Hare Psychopathy Checklist-Revised (PCL-R) and is the senior author of the Hare Psychopathy Checklist: Youth Version (PCL:YV; Forth, Kosson, & Hare, 2003). She is also a co-author of the Structured Assessment of Violence Risk in Youth, a risk scale for adolescent violence, and two textbooks, Psychology of Criminal Behaviour (2nd edition, 2017) and Forensic Psychology (5th edition, 2018). She is the current President of the Society for the Scientific Study of Psychopathy. Dr. Forth devotes her time to teaching and research on the assessment of psychopathy, the relationship between emotional and cognitive processes and psychopathy, the experiences and impact of being involved with a psychopathic person, and violence risk assessment. She has extensive experience training a wide variety of professionals on the administration, scoring, and use of the PCL-R and PCL:YV throughout North America, Asia, and Europe and has testified in various court proceedings on the construct of psychopathy.


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Fees for workshops (only open to conference registrants):
½ day workshops (8:30 – noon or 1:00 – 4:30 pm)
Student: $25
Others: $75

1 day workshop (8:30 – 4:30 pm)
Student: $50
Others: $150

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Noticias de Miembros

Queremos honorar a los ganadores de premios anunciados durante la conferencia en Washinton, DC en 2013. Los nombres de los ganadores se pueden encontrar aquí.

Si quisiera compartir información o buena noticia de nuestros miembros, favor de compartirlo aquí. Solamente miembros pueden añadir información por lo momento.


Dr Raymond Knight ha escrito un resumen para el Artículo del Mes y lo puede leer aquí.

El presidente de SSSP es Dr. Scott Lilienfeld.


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