The Guidelines for a Psychopathy Treatment Program focus on adult and adolescent psychopathic offenders. Rather than attempting to modify personality characteristics, the proposed treatment is a strategy of self-management that helps the participant develop a prosocial lifestyle, reducing the frequency and the extent of violent behaviour.
The Guidelines for a Psychopathy Treatment Program are prescriptive in nature. The program enables participants to uncover the idiosyncratic factors that cause their violent acts, while helping them learn specific preventative skills.
At the end of the treatment program, the participant uses a relapse prevention plan to reassemble the new skills, attitudes, and behaviours into a new integrated whole, linking these new attributes into what will be his or her everyday prosocial functioning.
Dr. Stephen Wong is the Director of Research at the Regional Psychiatric Centre, a maximum-security forensic mental health facility in the Correctional Service of Canada. He is also Adjunct Professor at the Department of Psychology at the University of Saskatchewan. For over 20 years, he has conducted research and provided clinical services in the assessment and treatment of violent offenders and psychopaths.
Dr. Robert HARE is Emeritus Professor of Psychology at the University of Columbia, where he has taught and conducted research for some 35 years. Dr. HARE has devoted most of his academic career to the investigation of psychopathy and its nature, assessment, and implications for mental health and criminal justice. He is the author of the HARE Psychopathy Checklist-Revised: 2nd Edition and co-author of its derivatives, the Psychopathy Checklist: Screening Version, the Psychopathy Checklist: Youth Version, the Psychopathy-Scan, and the Antisocial Process Screening Device.