Forensic CBT: An Integrated Approach to Working with Justice-Involved Clients
by Raymond Chip Tafrate, Ph.D.
Professor in the Criminology and Criminal Justice Department at Central Connecticut State University
Thursday, October 13th, 2016
Wine and Cheese: 7-7:30pm
Speaker Presentation: 7:30-8:30pm
Albert Ellis Institute
145 E 32nd St, 9th Floor
New York, NY 10016
In the United States, approximately 1 in 33 adults are under some type of justice-related supervision. Among the general population this makes justice-involvement as prevalent as common psychological problems such as Panic Disorder and Generalized Anxiety Disorder. Thus, even practitioners conducting traditional psychotherapy in private practice settings are likely to encounter justice-involved clients. In this presentation, Dr. Tafrate will highlight the critical distinctions between traditional mental health treatment and interventions designed to decrease criminal behavior. Participants will learn to recognize key risk-relevant factors commonly found among justice-involved adolescents and adults, to incorporate risk factors into case conceptualization, and will have the opportunity to practice a CBT sequence designed to improve client decision-making.
-- Participants will learn to identify critical criminal risk domains to target in treatment
-- Participants will become familiar with key thinking patterns most associated with criminal, antisocial, and self-destructive behavior
-- Participants will practice and become skilled at a CBT sequence designed to improve client decision-making
Raymond Chip Tafrate, Ph.D. is a licensed Psychologist in Connecticut and New York and a Professor in the Criminology and Criminal Justice Department at Central Connecticut State University. He frequently consults with state Criminal Justice agencies in the application of empirically supported treatment programs for adolescents and adults with difficult-to-change problems such as alcohol and drug dependence, intimate partner violence, anger, and persistent criminal behavior. He is also a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers, a Fellow and Supervisor of the Albert Ellis Institute, and the co-chairperson of the Forensic Issues and Externalizing Behaviors special interest group for the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. His work on engaging, assessing, and treating justice-involved clients has been presented throughout North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. His most recent projects include: Forensic CBT: A Handbook for Clinical Practice (Wiley, 2014), The Criminogenic Thinking Profile (International Journal of Offender Therapy and Rehabilitation, 2012; Journal of Criminal Justice, 2013), The Anger Regulation and Expression Scale (Multi-Health systems, 2010), Anger Management for Everyone: Seven Proven Ways to Control Anger and Live a Happier Life (Impact publishers, 2009), and Understanding Anger Disorders (Oxford University Press, 2006).