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Criminal Minds Criminal Behavior


"If people perceive there is a problem, then there is, in fact, a problem" ---anonymous

Despite a sharp decline in the violent crime rate in the U.S. since the mid-1990's, the falling crime rate raises more questions than answers.  The gap between perception and reality has never closed.  The majority of Americans look at mass shootings such as Newtown, Conn., the upsurge of shootings in Chicago, the increase in violent gang activity across the country, and continue to believe that the nation's crime rate is getting worse, as they have believed for the last decade. 


​In this seminar, we will explore criminality and causation, to include biology and risk factors.  We will look at types of violence and psychiatric disorders associated with criminal behavior.  Finally, we will discuss evidence-based intervention strategies. 

The Dynamics of Emotional/Psychological Maltreatment and Abuse of Children



Sticks and stones will break their bones, but words, words ain't gonna hurt 'em!


Emotional/psychological abuse is the basis of all forms of abuse.  Abuse is about control, no matter what type, setting, or who the perpetrator might be.  It is the psychological aspect of most abusive behaviors that defines them as abuse.


Maltreatment, whether it is abuse, neglect, abandonment, witnessing violent acts, or whatever the cause, can lead to enduring negative changes in the still developing brain of a child, thus causing the behavioral and learning problems that plague about three-quarters of the children in the welfare system. 


We will examine in depth abuse/maltreatment causation and risk factors, the brain and development after abuse, short and long-term effects of abuse, and lastly, interention strategies and treatment.

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