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 APLS workshops at 2011 annual conference

AP-LS Workshops

March 2, 2011
The *4th International Congress on Psychology and Law*, which includes
AP-LS, the European Association of Psychology and Law
, and the Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychiatry,
Psychology and Law
is pleased to announce the following preconference workshops being
held on March 2, 2011 at the Miami Regency Hyatt
. Please note that the Early Registration (reduced rate) deadline is
*January 31, 2011*. You can register for the workshops on the AP-LS
website ( ). The American Psychology-Law Society is
approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor
continuing education for psychologists. AP-LS maintains responsibility
for this program and its contents.

Full-Day Workshops (8:00 am - 5:00 pm) *7 CE Credits*
*Workshop A: Assessment, Treatment, & Risk Management of Sexual
*Presenter: Robin J. Wilson, Ph.D., ABPP*
This workshop is designed for students and working professionals
interested in issues related to sexual offending and contemporary
Western society. Workshop topics will be generally at an intermediate
level, but the curriculum will appeal to both new and seasoned
*Learning Objectives:* (1) Identify how sexual offending has affected
contemporary Western societies; (2) List some of the key
characteristics of victim and offender populations; (3) Outline some
of the difficulties inherent in assessing sexual offenders; (4) List
and explain the principles of effective correctional interventions;
(5) Critically appraise the efficacy of sexual offender risk
management protocols.

*Workshop B: Assessing High Risk Youth: Conceptual and Methodological
*Presenter: Lorraine Johnstone, D.Clinical Psychology*
This workshop, derived from diverse literatures including delinquency
research (e.g. the Cambridge, Dunedin and Pittsburgh Youth Studies),
developmental psychology, developmental psychopathology, violence risk
assessment, forensic research, and mental health research, will
promote reflective practice and encourage a critical analysis of the
literature for the purposes of identifying how progress might be
achieved in assessing violence risk in youth.
*Learning Objectives:* (1) Discuss complex case presentations that
typically characterize children and young people who perpetrate
violence; (2) Summarize the main protocols for assessing risk of
violence and sexually harmful behavior; (3) List conceptual and
developmental challenges associated with this practice; (4) Explain
methodological limitations that characterize the literature and
assessment approaches; (5) Describe how to produce defensible
decisions that are appropriately developmentally and methodologically
* *
*Workshop C: Treating offenders with mental illness: Toward an
evidenced-based intervention*
*Presenters: Robert Morgan, Ph.D., Daryl Kroner, Ph.D.*
The workshop reviews the empirical literature regarding: (a)
prevalence of mental illness in criminal justice settings; (b)
presenting mental health needs; (c) service utilization; and (d)
impact of incarceration on offenders with mental illness (OMI). This
workshop will then review the empirical literature regarding what
works when intervening with offenders as well as persons with mental
illness. The remainder of this workshop will focus specifically on
mental health interventions developed for OMI, with emphasis on
empirically supported interventions. We will conclude this workshop by
presenting a treatment model and assessment plan for intervening with
*Learning Objectives:* (1) Recognize prevalence of mental illness
among offenders in the criminal justice system; (2) Identify effective
correctional interventions for offenders; (3) Identify effective
mental health interventions for persons with mental illness; (4)
Identify a theoretical model to guide clinical interventions with OMI;
(5) Identify the role and mechanism of assessment in the treatment
process of OMI.
* *
*Workshop D: Introducing the Comprehensive Assessment of Psychopathic
Personality (CAPP)*
*Presenters: David Cooke, Ph.D., Stephen Hart, Ph.D.*
The CAPP provides a dynamic and comprehensive assessment of the
symptoms of psychopathic personality disorder (PPD), which can be used
to assess the severity of symptoms over time. The CAPP covers the full
domain of PPD symptomatology, and this is potentially useful in
correctional, forensic, civil, community, and family settings.
*Learning Objectives: *(1) Explain the need for a clinically based
comprehensive model of psychopathy; (2) Examine the process used to
develop this model; (3) Describe the model in detail; ( 4) Demonstrate
the approach used to evaluate a case in terms of the model; (5)
Discuss the importance of this model of psychopathy in individual case

Half-Day Workshops (E: 8:00 am – 12:00pm / F: 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm)
*3.5 CE Credits*
*Workshop E: The Miranda Rights Comprehension Instruments*
*Presenters: Naomi Goldstein, Ph.D., Heather Zelle, Ph.D., Alan
Goldstein, Ph.D.*
The content of this workshop involves a description of the revisions
to the Instruments for Assessing Understanding and Appreciation of
Miranda Rights (Grisso, 1998) when creating the Miranda Rights
Comprehension Instruments (MRCI; Goldstein, Zelle, & Grisso, 2011).
The original Instruments for Assessing Understanding and Appreciation
of Miranda Rights have been widely recognized as the recommended
instruments for assessing capacities of defendants to have waived
their rights during custodial interrogation proceedings Nonetheless,
the instruments required updating this workshop will review the
development process of and key changes in the creation of the revised
instruments. It also will review research with the MRCI that is
relevant to the use of the instruments in forensic practice.
*Learning Objectives:* (1) Recognize changes from Grisso's original
Instruments for Assessing Understanding and Appreciation of Miranda
Rights; (2) Identify key similarities and differences in
administration and scoring procedures between the original and revised
instruments; (3) Describe the process of interpreting examinees'
responses and scores for presentation in forensic evaluation reports;
(4) Summarize the instruments' development process and psychometric
properties to aid in admissibility hearings; (5) Address key questions
about the instruments during court testimony.
* *
*Workshop F: Causal Inference Using Propensity Scores*
*Presenter: Thomas Loughran, Ph.D*
Researchers are often interested in assessing effects from events
which cannot be experimentally manipulated (e.g., arrest or
institutional placement) but are handicapped by selection biases. This
workshop introduces propensity scores, a powerful method to derive
causal effects from observational data.
*Learning Objectives:* (1) Explain the logic of propensity score
matching; (2) Estimate treatment effects from non-experimental data;
(3) Easily estimate these models using Stata; (4) Explain the
methodology and results to nontechnical audiences; (5) Discuss the
limitations of propensity scores.

For more information, please contact Karen Galin
, Ph.D. (, Pre-Conference Workshop Chair

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