Alec Miller, Psy.D., the program chair for Section
VII at the 2005 APA Convention in Washington, did a terrific job
of putting together an exciting series of presentations on behavioral
emergencies at the convention. The highlights included a symposium
entitled Assessment and Treatment of Adolescent
Dr. Miller chaired and which featured presentations on assessing
risk for youth violence by Dr. Gina Vincent, reducing aggression
among female juvenile offenders by Dr. Naomi
Goldstein, and treating
juvenile offenders with Multisystemic Therapy (MST) by Dr.
Phillippe Cunningham. Section VII President, Dr.
Dean Kilpatrick, served
as a discussant at this symposium. Dr. Miller also chaired a Section
VII Invited Address by Dr. Marsha Linehan entitled Latest
Research on Suicide and DBT. The program concluded with Dr.
very interesting Presidential Address on the role of trauma in
For the first time this year, several of the Section VII Board members
held a full day Continuing Education Workshop at the convention. It
was entitled Behavioral Emergencies: Evidence-Based
Evaluation and Management. Dr. Kleespies chaired the workshop and presented an overview
of behavioral emergencies while Dr. Lanny Berman presented on the
evaluation and management of suicide risk, Dr.
Dean Kilpatrick (assisted
by a Post Doctoral Fellow, Dr. Shannon Self-Brown) presented on assessment
and intervention with victims of violence, and Dr.
Dale McNiel presented
on the evaluation and management of short-term risk of violence.
The Section also presented two awards at the convention.
Dr. Miller presented the Section
VII Career Achievement Award to
Dr. Marsha Linehan at the end of her Invited Address.
This award was given to Dr. Linehan for her many
and enduring contributions to the assessment and management of suicidal
behavior. The Section VII Graduate Student Research Award was given
S. Guy, M.A.,
from Simon Fraser University in Canada, for her excellent review
entitled The Role of Psychopathy in Clinical
Emergencies: A Meta-Analysis of Its Relation to Institutional Violence.
Of further note, Dr. Paul Duberstein, the Section VII Secretary,
was the recipient of The American Psychological
Foundation Theodore Millon Award for his impressive research on personality and the relationship
of personality disorders and suicidal behavior. The award was presented
to Dr. Duberstein at the Division 12 Awards ceremony.