Believing doesn't make it so: Forensic education and the search for truth

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In this article, we discuss psychological approaches to the understanding of acts of violence and, specifically, psychodynamic approaches to both formulation and treatment. We suggest that the key theoretical paradigm of a psychodynamic approach involves the exploration and elaboration of the meaning of a violent act for the offender and describe the relevance of this approach for both legal assessments and clinical services in secure residential care. We argue that a psychodynamic approach can improve the quality of assessments of both psychopathology and risk and inform effective therapeutic interventions in hard-to-treat patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)18-32
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Medicine(all)


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