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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 clients on a caseload as well as well-known criminals are used to identify and apply key concepts.