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Antisocial Personality Disorder and Violence in the Prison Setting

October 16, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm CDT

Roundtable Discussion

Ryan Tobiasz, Psy.D., LPC Department Chair and Associate Professor, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Washington DC Campus

Zachary Khoury, Forensic Psychology: Professional Counselor Licensure Track Student, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Washington, D.C. Campus

In today’s world, violence is seen as a part of everyday society, but what causes it? Many have postulated a link between violence/violent behavior and Antisocial Personality Disorder. In general, according to the DSM-5, Antisocial Personality Disorder involves engaging in activities that are grounds for arrest, being deceitful, impulsive, irritable and aggressive, disregard for safety, irresponsible, and having a lack of remorse for actions (American Psychiatric Association, 2013). In other words, it is not hard to see how Antisocial Personality Disorder can be associated with violence. But how connected are Antisocial Personality Disorder and Violence? Is it more common than individuals who commit crimes and do not have a personality disorder? In criminal justice and in the mental health field, attempts have been made to recognize and treat these individuals before they commit violent acts, and the end results have been mixed. On the other hand, some of these individuals commit violent acts before the appropriate resources are made available to them. So, what can be done to recognize and help these individuals before they commit life-changing acts of violence? Are there preventive programs that can be put into place to help these individuals? Are there early preventive programs that are effective enough to identify these individuals while they are children and adolescents? Are there changes to current programs that can be made to make them more efficient and effective? This roundtable discussion will debate and attempt to find solutions to these questions.

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