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San Diego, CA, August 7-10, 2018
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"Using the Personality Assessment Inventory (PAI)"(August 7-8, 2018)
"Assessing Psychopathy with the Psychopathy Checklist-Revised (PCL-R)"(August 9-10, 2018)

Program times: 830am - 4:30pm daily, morning coffee and pastries, afternoon beverages, participants are on their own for lunch

Continuing Education: 14 hours per program

CE provided for: Psychologists: Specialized Training Services is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Specialized Training Services maintains responsibility for these programs and their content. LCSW's, LPC's, MFT's typically qualify for continuing education if their Boards approve of an APA approved training provider. Please check with your board to verify prior to enrollment. 

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This four day event will contain updated, advanced, state of the science information about two important assessment tools, The Personality Assessment Inventory (PAI) and the Psychopathy Checklist Revised (PCL-R). In both cases, the goal standard is to develop each participant's knowledge and understanding so the tool can be utilized in one's practice.

The program on the PAI is taught by its author, Dr. Leslie Morey. The PAI consists of four sets of scales: four validity scales, eleven clinical scales covering major categories of pathology corresponding to current nosology, five treatment scales measuring constructs related to treatment and case management, and two interpersonal scales. This workshop is designed to provide a comprehensive overview of the use of this instrument as well as provide participants a working ability to utilize it in their practice.

Following the PAI will be a two-day event on psychopaths - their characteristic traits, recidivism rates, treatment prognosis and most importantly, how to accurately assess psychopathy using the Psychopathy Checklist revised (PCL-R), a state of the science instrument developed by Dr. Robert Hare. This workshop is being produced in cooperation with Dr. Hare and his Darkstone Research group and is taught by Dr. Reid Meloy, one of the authorities on psychopathy and the PCL-R.

This is a "can't miss" event for any individual using the PAI or PCL-R in their practice or wishing to do so.

Cancellation Policy: Tuition, minus a $50.00 administrative fee per program, will be refunded to those providing a written notice of their intent to cancel no less than three weeks prior to the program registered for. With less than three weeks but more than two business days before the event, a written cancellation will result in a workshop credit, minus the $50.00 administrative fee, for use at another workshop within the next three years. With less than two business days’ notice, no refund or credit is provided under any circumstances. At any time another person may be substituted for the registrant without penalty.


Using the Personality Assessment Inventory (PAI)

The Personality Assessment Inventory (PAI: Morey, 1991) is an instrument designed for use in a wide range of clinical settings. The PAI consists of four sets of scales: four validity scales, eleven clinical scales covering major categories of pathology corresponding to current nosology, five treatment scales measuring constructs related to treatment and case management, and two interpersonal scales. This workshop is designed to provide a comprehensive overview of the use of this instrument as well as provide participants a working ability to utilize it in their practice. The workshop will describe the strategies employed in the development and validation of the PAI, drawing from data from the original samples as well as extensive subsequent research. Specifically, the presentation will provide: 1) an overview of the development of the PAI, with a focus on validation strategies as they apply to scale selection and interpretation; 2) an examination of the individual PAI scales and subscales and their interpretation in isolation and in combination with other scales; 3) a detailed discussion of profile validity issues, including supplemental indices and functions designed to address profile distortion, 4) a discussion of supplemental indicators addressing targeted clinical issues such as suicidality, dangerousness, substance abuse, and treatment decision-making, and 5) an introduction to configural scale constellations in exploring diagnostic hypotheses.
Workshop Content:
I. Introduction and PAI development
II. PAI scales and their interpretation 
    A. Validity scales (brief)
    B. Clinical scales and subscales
    C. Treatment consideration scales
    D. Interpersonal scales
III. Detecting and Interpreting Profile Distortion 
    A. Nonsystematic sources of distortion
    B. Systematic sources of distortion
        1. Positive distortion
        2. Negative distortion
    C. Case examples
IV. Diagnosis and Clinical decision-making
    A. Supplemental indicators: suicidality, violence, treatment decision-making
    B. Diagnostic constellations in PAI interpretation
    C. Case Examples

Workshop Objectives

List the validity scales used in the PAI
Identify the clinical scales and sub-scales in the PAI
Discuss the importance and meaning of distortion in the PAI
Identify how the PAI assists in providing a diagnosis and clinical decision making
Describe the importance of the supplemental indicators
List at least three diagnostic constellations in PAI interpretation

Leslie Morey, Ph.D
Leslie Morey, Ph.DDr. Leslie C. Morey is Professor of Psychology at Texas A&M University. He received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Florida, and has served on the faculty at Vanderbilt University, Harvard Medical School, the Yale University School of Medicine, and the University of Tulsa. He has published over 200 articles, books, and chapters on the assessment and diagnosis of mental disorders, and his work has been cited in the scientific literature over 5,000 times. He is the author of the Personality Assessment Inventory (1991), Personality Assessment Screener (1997), the Personality Assessment Inventory-Adolescent (2007), the Interpretive Guide to the Personality Assessment Inventory (1996), and Essentials of PAI Assessment (2003).

Assessing Psychopathy with the Psychopathy Checklist-Revised (PCL-R)

The measurement of psychopathy is the most important development in the field of criminal forensic psychiatry and psychology over the past three decades and has become a critical area of assessment in personality disorder. The gold standard for its measurement is the Psychopathy Checklist-Revised (PCL-R). In this workshop, Dr. Meloy will teach participants how to competently and efficiently use the PCL-R in their forensic practices. The workshop will begin with the history and development of the instrument, including more recent adaptations, such as the PCL:SV and the PCL:YV, and continue with an elaboration of the instrument's reliability and validity, particularly in treatment outcome and violence risk assessment. Dr. Meloy will then show how to conduct an interview and review records to gather data sufficient for scoring the instrument, how to quantitatively score the instrument, how to address typical scoring dilemmas, and how to integrate the PCL-R data with other clinical and forensic evidence. Teaching methods will include videotaped vignettes, practice scoring by participants, handouts, and open discussions throughout the workshop concerning participants' questions that have arisen in their work with the PCL-R.

Please note: This workshop is being produced in cooperation with the Darkstone Research group and Dr. Robert Hare.
The history and development of the PCL-R, the PCL:SV, and the PCL:YV
The PCL-R's temporal reliability, factorial structure, and validity in relationship to treatment outcome and violence risk prediction
Conducting a PCL-R interview and review records
Scoring the PCL-R
Interpreting the PCL-R score in relation to other clinical and forensic data

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion to this program participants should be able to:
List at least ten of the twenty scoring items on the PCL-R
Describe the appropriate process of interviewing a possible psychopath
Aside from an interview, identify two other critical sources of data which must be accounted for prior to scoring the PCL-R
Describe the scoring system of the PCL-R
Identify the four possible scoring responses and their meanings
Demonstrate through practice cases the ability to conduct an accurate PCL-R assessment
Identify the scoring threshhold that must be met to label and individual as a primary psychopath

Reid Meloy, PhD, ABPP
Reid Meloy, PhD, ABPPDr. Meloy is a board-certified forensic psychologist (ABPP) and consults on criminal and civil cases throughout the U.S. and Europe. He is a clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine, and a faculty member of the San Diego Psychoanalytic Center. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and is past president of the American Academy of Forensic Psychology. He has received a number of awards and honors, and was the Yochelson Visiting Scholar at Yale University in March, 2015. Dr. Meloy has authored or co-authored over two hundred twenty papers published in peer-reviewed psychiatric and psychological journals, and has authored, co-authored or edited eleven books. He has been conducting research and writing on personality disorder, psychopathy, stalking, narcissism, criminality, mental disorder, and targeted violence for the past twenty-five years. His first book, The Psychopathic Mind (Aronson, 1988), was an integration of the biological and psychodynamic understanding of psychopathy. His co-edited book with Drs. Hoffmann and Sheridan, Stalking, Threatening and Attacking Public Figures (Oxford University Press, 2008), led to a commissioned study for the National Academy of Sciences on threats toward public figures published in 2011 (www.nap.edu). His most recent book is the International Handbook of Threat Assessment (Oxford University Press, 2014). Dr. Stephen White and he created the WAVR-21 (Specialized Training Services, 2007, 2010, 2016 (www.wavr21.com), a structured professional judgment instrument for targeted workplace violence, now in its 3rd edition. Dr. Meloy is a consultant to the Behavioral Analysis Units of the FBI, Quantico, and is the originator and developer of the TRAP-18 (Terrorist Radicalization Assessment Protocol). He was a member of the Fixated Research Group for the United Kingdom’s Home Office concerning threats to the Royal Family and British political figures, and is a consultant to Work Trauma Services, headquartered in San Francisco, and Team Psychology and Security in Darmstadt, Germany. He is also a senior editor of the Journal of Threat Assessment and Management. He was a technical consultant to the television program CSI from its inception in 2001 until its final episode in 2015.


This event will be held at:
Four Points by Sheraton
8110 Aero Dr.
San Diego, CA 92123
858 810-5610
The Four Points by Sheraton is an expansive property located in the middle of San Diego County. The hotel has an outdoor heated pool, oversized hot tub, 24 hour fitness center, free Wi-Fi, a free shuttle to/from San Diego's International Airport and a nine hole, executive golf course. We have negotiated excellent rates for the summertime in San Diego of $153.00 per night. To reserve this rate, use the following link (https://www.starwoodmeeting.com/Book/SpecialTrain) or call the hotel directly and ask for Sadie, Monday through Friday, at 858 810-5657.


Note: Early bird rates will be shown through July 23, 2018

Both seminars, PAI and PCL-R - August 7 - 10, 2018

Using the Personality Assessment Inventory (PAI)

Assessing Psychopathy with the Psychopathy Checklist Revised (PCL-R)