Effective treatment of psychopathy: Reality or oxymoron and what's next?

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In this workshop, the research pertaining to the treatment of psychopathy will be reviewed and a model of psychopathy treatment to reduce violence and criminality will be presented. A treatment program that has been
used to treat offenders with varying degrees of psychopathic traits and histories of violent offending will be
discussed including its organisation, implementation, and outcome evaluations.
Learning outcomes
1. Understand psychopathy and its assessment in relation to psychopathy treatment.
2. Understand historical vs contemporary treatment approaches for psychopathy.
3. Understand what needs to be treated to reduce violence and criminality among psychopathic offenders.
4. Understand how to identify specific treatment targets for psychopathic offenders.
5. Forming working alliances with psychopathic offenders: dos and don'ts.
6. Developing a structured approach to the treatment of psychopathy to reduce violence and criminality.
About the presenter
Dr. Stephen Wong, Ph.D. is Adjunct Professor at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada and Swinburne
University of Technology, Melbourne. He was Chief of Psychology and Research, and then Director of Research at
the Regional Psychiatric Centre, a maximum-security psychiatric hospital in the Correctional Services Canada. He
spent a year as Visiting Professor at the Department of Forensic and Neurodevelopmental Science at Kings
College, London, and then as Honorary Professor at the Institute of Mental Health at the University of Nottingham.
His research interests are best described as a blending of applied research and clinical practice with a focus on
the assessment and treatment of violent, sexual and psychopathic offenders. Among his 100+ publications, he
authored the Guidelines for a Psychopathy Treatment Program with Robert Hare.
Period17 Jun 2019
Event typeWorkshop
LocationSydney, Australia, New South WalesShow on map
Degree of RecognitionNational