Criminal Personality, 8 hours
Criminal research shows that criminal behavior may be a result of experiences that began early in life. Criminal Personality explores how the family unit can produce a criminal, and what that family might look like. Using case studies, participants identify negative parenting practices and discuss a host of factors that result in antisocial behavior. The impact of nature vs. nurture is underscored, and, using behavior modification techniques, a variety of ways to work with these clients is presented. “Thinking Errors” that are particular to the antisocial personality disordered provide a context for understanding. Aggression, violence, and drug/alcohol abuse and/or dependence are explored as factors. Case studies of typical probationers on a caseload as well as well-known criminals are used to identify and apply key concepts.