Category: Criminal Justice / Forensics

Symposium

Symposium 140 - Forensic Assessment: Applying Evidence-Based Principles to Diverse Settings and Populations

Sunday, November 19
10:15 AM - 11:45 AM
Location: Sapphire Ballroom I & J, Level 4, Sapphire Level

Keywords: Criminal Justice | Assessment | Aggression / Disruptive Behaviors / Conduct Problems
Presentation Type: Symposium

Even with advances in forensic assessment and treatment, the use of non-empirically supported and “feel good” practices by criminal justice agencies persists, a problem which has been labeled “correctional quackery” (Latessa, Cullen, & Gendreau, 2002).  Despite the persistence of such less-than-desirable practices, a theoretical and empirical literature has emerged around the Risk-Need-Responsivity (RNR) model of offender assessment and treatment elucidating principles that underlie practices that are associated with reductions in reoffending (Bonta & Andrews, 2017). The Risk and Need principles in RNR highlight the importance of assessing those risk domains specifically linked with criminal behavior (e.g., criminal thinking, antisocial behavior history, criminal companions) while the Responsivity principle highlights the importance of using cognitive-behavioral techniques to address those risk factors and to do so in a manner that can accommodate the diversity of justice-involved populations.  Among the advances in forensic assessment since the emergence of RNR, are the development and standardization of tools to assess criminal risk domains across diverse populations (Wormith, Bonta, & Andrews, 2006) and more recently, tools to assess Responsivity factors related to how criminal justice practitioners engage their clietns.  This symposium assembles senior and early career researchers presenting projects that address risk and responsivity factors in forensic assessment across diverse settings and populations.  Raymond Chip Tafrate will present a study on the development of a new criminal risk assessment tool for justice-involved juveniles.  Factor analysis of the tool reveals a variety of dynamic risk factors that cans serve as potential treatment targets for rehabilitative and supervision efforts. Damon Mitchell will present a study on the development of a new tool to assess the response style of criminal justice practitioners to their clients. The integration of motivational interviewing (MI) training into criminal justice agencies has led to a corresponding need to assess the extent to which practitioners are approaching their clients in a manner likely to lead to successful engagement.  Lauren Delk will discuss the applicability of a criminal thinking instrument to a community population.  Her data includes a confirmatory factor analysis of the instrument along with an exploration of the thinking styles related to aggressive behavior.  Erica Birkley will present on the use of the MMPI-2 and STAXI-2 to aid in treatment planning for justice-involved veterans with PTSD.  Raymond DiGiuseppe will discuss how the presentations aid in the development of forensic assessment practices that are consistent with CBT principles.

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Raymond Chip Tafrate

Professor and Clinical Psychologist
Central Connecticut State University

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Raymond A. DiGiuseppe

Professor
St. John's University

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Raymond Chip Tafrate

Professor and Clinical Psychologist
Central Connecticut State University

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Damon Mitchell

Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice
Central Connecticut State University

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Lauren Delk

Graduate Student
Virginia Tech

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Erica L. Birkley

Assistant Professor
University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

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