Start Date: 2/27/2019 1:00 PM EST
End Date: 2/27/2019 3:00 PM EST
Effective Interviewing of Adults Displaying Antisocial Personality Traits
February 27, 2019, 1:00 p.m. Eastern, 120 minutes
Webinar Faculty: Markus M. Bressler
About the Webinar:
Public defenders and defense investigators often interact with clients, witnesses, victims, and/or suspects displaying so-called antisocial behavior. These antisocial traits can limit interview results and can significantly reduce the exchange and validation of case relevant information. Subsequently, public defenders may conclude that it is close to impossible to effectively prepare such client for trial or litigation - or to obtain ethically, morally, and lawfully sound interview results from other case participants.
This two-hour presentation is designed to assist public defenders, defense investigators, and mitigation specialists with understanding the construct of adult antisocial behavior from different approaches and theories during interviews. This foundation is then placed in context with features of antisocial behavior, such as the lack of emotional response or the inability to conform to social norms. The concepts of interrogative suggestibility, fearlessness and boldness, impulsivity, empathy, co-occurring disorders, and persuasion are integrated into this webinar; followed by deceitfulness, rationalization, and self-harm as key factors of antisocial behavior.
The goal of this webinar is to increase knowledge, sensibility, and awareness of this behavioral impairment, and to equip the public defender community with additional tools and strategies to effectively interact with this specific population.
About the Faculty: Markus worked for the German State Police of Baden-Württemberg for 12 years before deciding to stay in the United States. He is a graduate of the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy and holds a Lateral Police Transfer Certification of the City of Montgomery, Alabama. He graduated from the State of Alaska’s probation & parole and correctional academies. In 2016, after years in police and probation work, Markus started to work as an investigator for the Alaska Public Defender Agency. He was certified as a criminal defense investigator in 2018. Markus holds a master’s degree in criminal justice administration and is currently a doctoral candidate for public administration with a criminal justice specialization. He focuses on policies and strategies related to forensic interviews of adults with behavioral health disorders, first and foremost on forensic interviewing of adults diagnosed with a DSM-5 Cluster B disorder. He has been a certified member of the Reid Technique Institute since 2012 and obtained his forensic interviewer designations in 2013 and 2016.