About the Session:
In-patients of forensic psychiatric institutions are often discovered to be at high risk of violent and sexual recidivism, often put in seclusion for extended periods as a last-resort care strategy. However, much less is known how often these individuals engage in self-harming and victimizing behaviours, such as Suicidal Ideation/Behaviours, Self-Harm, Self-Neglect, and Substance Use (including street drugs and pharmaceutical abuse). I wish to uncover the extent to which different potential factors predict incidence of these behaviours. Factors such as borderline personality, child abuse, chronic neuropathic pain, and active psychosis may lead these individuals to self-harm as a coping strategy. Sample of in-patients are interviewed and assessed with the START:SOS manual. The victimizing behaviours are correlated to show relation, then multiple regression compares victimizing behaviours with proposed predictors. Discovery of these predictors may help inform institution-based care teams (psychiatrists, nurses) to treat underlying behaviours, in order to help mitigate victimization.
Sebastian is a master’s student in forensic psychology, beginning in fall 2017. He has 2½ years of experience with clinical interviewing and neurocognitive assessment with the Hotel Study, a 10-year study of psychosis in a low-income population. He also works in risk and resilience assessment at Colony Farms forensic psychiatric hospital. Sebastian’s main research interests are psychosis, self-harm, and resilience.