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Psychopathy / Criminality

Potentially dangerous and violent clients are the concern of every lawyer. Forensic psychologists such as Minneapolis Licensed Psychologist, Dr. Alberta are likely to be consulted in response to one of two situation involving potentially violent clients:

  1. in determining how to appropriately deal with a potentially violent individual person within the criminal justice system,
  2. in determining how to safely determine and manage post discharge violence in the community.

Among all the different personality styles one might encounter when representing clients, the Psychopathic Personality Disorder (PPD) stands out because of its relation to violence and criminality. The PPD can be differentiated from other personality disorders on the basis of its characteristic pattern of interpersonal, emotional, and behavioral symptoms, all of which have a high correlation with lawlessness and violence. For example, the client laboring under PPD interacts with other people through conning and manipulation and is not a stranger to pathological lying and superficial charm. The emotional systems of the PPD individual can often be described as shallow, devoid of empathy, and a lack of guilt or remorse. Finally, this type of client has a high need for stimulation, displays a parasitic life style, and is thoughtlessly impulsive.  Examination of this client’s history reveals criminal density that began early in life.

Dr. Alberta utilizes a battery of assessment tests to detect the acuity of PPD symptoms, to assess the need for risk management, and to generate dispositional alternatives. He has advanced training in the use of such assessment batteries and is qualified to address the reliability and validity of tests, all of which meet the Frye standard and the Daubert standard.

If you have questions or would like to set up a Psychopathic Personality Disorder (PPD) Assessment, contact Liscensed Psychologist, Dr. Richard Alberta today.

 

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