10 Hours | 10 CEs

This self-paced training on Assessment of Psychopathy via the CAPP and Clinical Assessment Instruments is presented by Martin Sellbom, PhD.

This course discusses relatively 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). Furthermore, many forensic and correctional psychologists do not have the time and resources to add psychopathy-specific measures to their test armamentarium. Theoretical perspectives of psychopathy are reviewed and various methods for assessing psychopathy from these perspectives are 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 are reviewed.

This course also covers 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) are 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 is spent discussing research supporting their use for psychopathy assessment, but specific practical applications and interpretative recommendations are also covered. Finally, case illustrations based on individuals evaluated in forensic and clinical practice are presented.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Describe advantages and disadvantages of the PCL instruments in forensic and correctional practice

  • Describe various theoretical perspectives of psychopathy

  • Describe the Psychopathic Personality Inventory – Revised

  • Describe the Comprehensive Assessment of Psychopathic Personality

  • Describe how the MMPI-2 Restructured Form (MMPI-2-RF) measures psychopathy and its associated research base

  • Describe how the Personality Assessment Inventory measures psychopathy and its associated research base

  • Describe how the NEO Personality Inventory-3 measures psychopathy and its associated research base

  • Describe how the Millon Multiaxial Clinical Inventory – IV measures psychopathy and its associated research base

  • Describe how to use clinical assessment instruments in context of other information in the assessment of psychopathy

Presented By

Martin Sellbom, PhD

Martin Sellbom is a Professor in Clinical Psychology at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand. He received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 2007 from Kent State University. His research focuses on psychopathy and other personality disorders, the integration of personality and psychopathology, and personality assessment with the MMPI instruments. Professor Sellbom's work has been featured in approximately 250 publications and he has co-authored a book on the forensic applications of the MMPI-2-RF (published by the University of Minnesota Press). He has won several awards, including the American Psychological Foundation’s Theodore Millon mid-career award for advancing personality science, American Psychology-Law Society’s Saleem Shah Award and Society for Personality Assessment’s Samuel and Anne Beck Award for early career achievement. Professor Sellbom serves as the Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Personality Assessment. For his clinical practice, he specializes in forensic psychological evaluations.
  • Intended Audience

    This self-paced course is intended for mental health and other allied professionals.

  • Experience Level

    This self-paced course is appropriate for beginner, intermediate, and advanced level clinicians.

  • CE / CPD Credit

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  • 1


    • Review Before Proceeding

  • 2

    Intro & Conceptual Formulations

    • Lesson 1 Video

    • Triarchic conceptualization of psychopathy

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 3

    CAPP Part 1

    • Lesson 2 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 4

    CAPP Part 2

    • Lesson 3 Video

    • Development and Initial Validation of CAPP-SR

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 5

    Five Factor Model

    • Lesson 4 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 6


    • Lesson 5 Video

    • Use of the Personality Assessment Inventory to Assess Psychopathy in Offender Populations

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 7


    • Lesson 6 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 8


    • Lesson 7 Video

    • Viewing Psychopathy from the Perspective of the Personality Psychopathology Five Model

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 9

    Case Illustrations

    • Lesson 8 Video

  • 10


    • Instructions

    • Evaluation

    • Submission Verification

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