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36th Annual Convention; San Antonio, TX; 2010

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Panel #284
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
The Seguin Forensics Program: A Prototype for the Evolution of Civil Behavior Change
Sunday, May 30, 2010
4:30 PM–5:50 PM
Seguin (Grand Hyatt)
Area: CSE/OBM; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Derek Reed, Ph.D.
Chair: Teresa A. Rodgers (Missouri Department of Mental Health Division of Developmental Disabilities)
KEVIN D. JACKSON (State of Florida)
ROBERT H. REED (Mentally Retarded Defendant Program)
MIKE R. STOUTIMORE (Missouri Department of Mental Health Division of Developmental Disabilities)
EMILY DICKENS (State of Florida)
Abstract: In 1989 a forensics program for men found incompetent to stand trial for allegedly committing a felony was born, the Seguin Unit. Twenty years later Seguin has experienced accolades and criticisms, gains and losses, improvements and worsenings, yet it continues to survive and thrive. In fact, the Seguin Unit may contain most of the fundamental components necessary to become a “Walden II” prototype for effective treatment in both community and secure settings. As a whole, the Seguin Unit has motivated, guided and strengthened the practices and individual behaviors of both staff and clients, while increasing community inclusion and maintaining the safety of self, others and communities. Panel participants will describe the past and present interacting and complementary components of this program across administrative and programmatic categories. The panel will suggest and discuss with the audience modifications and additional components that might improve the Seguin program, and discuss through audience participation a blueprint for modifying existing programs, or building new programs, to systematically replicate the new and improved, potentially prototypical, Seguin Unit.



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