Lake Superior FreethinkersDate: Sunday, November 6, 2016
Location: Duluth Radisson (Location Map )
is a forensic psychologist and Director of the MBA in Rural Health at the College of St. Scholastica, and has been in the field for 50 years. He consults with courts, law enforcement, corrections, mental health, and schools in the upper Minnesota and Wisconsin region on crisis and stress management, criminal behavior, and behavior problems of youth. He is the co-author of Stress Management for Law Enforcement Officers, and presents regularly at conferences on sex offenders, abusers, and psychopathy.
Topic: Child Psychopathy
The popular image of the "psychopath" is usually one of prominent criminals such as Ted Bundy and Jeffrey Dahmer, but most people don't ask the question of how such people develop-- how does a child become a cold and calculating manipulator? In this presentation we will examine callous-unemotional traits in children, and identify the influence of heredity, brain development, trauma, and parenting on emerging psychopathy. Implications for treatment will also be discussed, as well as similar traits in prominent leaders.