Assessment of Psychopathy via the CAPP and Clinical Assessment Instruments, presented by Dr. Martin Sellbom

Monday, June 17, 2019 -
8:30am to 4:30pm

This in-person workshop on Assessment of Psychopathy via the CAPP and Clinical Assessment Instruments is presented by Dr. Martin Sellbom. This workshop will discuss relative novel methods to the assessment of psychopathy in forensic and correctional contexts. Although the Hare Psychopathy Checklist-Revised and its derivates have been used successfully for this purpose, they are not without disadvantages (conceptual, practical). Theoretical perspectives of psychopathy will be reviewed and various methods for assessing psychopathy from these perspectives will be considered. Two psychopathy measures in particular, the Psychopathic Personality Inventory – Revised (PPI-R) and the Comprehensive Assessment of Psychopathic Personality (CAPP) clinical interview and institutional rating form will be reviewed. Furthermore, many forensic and correctional psychologists do not have the time and resources to add psychopathy-specific measures to their test armamentarium.

This workshop will therefore also cover the clinical assessment of psychopathy via tests that psychologists routinely use in clinical practice. The MMPI-2 Restructured Form (MMPI-2-RF), Personality Assessment Inventory (PAI), the NEO Personality Inventory-3 (NEO PI-3), and Millon Multiaxial Clinical Inventory – IV (MCMI-IV) will be described in sufficient detail for the purposes of this training, with a particular focus on the MMPI-2-RF in light of its larger research base for this purpose. A substantial amount of time will be spent on discussing research supporting their use for psychopathy assessment, but specific practical applications and interpretative recommendations will be covered as well. Finally, case illustrations based on individuals evaluated in forensic and clinical practice will be presented.


Location: Palo Alto University (5150 El Camino Real Los Altos, CA 94022) or Zoom