Stalking & Psychopathy: Pernicious Attachments

A predator in our community evokes fear and an anxious curiosity to learn more about our vulnerability and the seemingly incomprehensible acts of a ‘monster’.

Stalking & Psychopathy: Pernicious Attachments2018-12-20T10:30:00+00:00

Project Description

A predator can be defined as an animal or person that dominates, controls and/or ruthlessly exploits its prey. People identified as a Stalker or Psychopath often share the relentless and rapacious label of predator however tend to have vastly different clinical profiles and attachment patterns.

In this course we will take an empirically guided examination of Stalkers and Psychopaths through the developmental and relational lens of attachment theory. Utilizing case examples and the biopsychosocial traits commonly associated with Stalkers and Psychopaths, we will explore the vulnerabilities of early attachment trauma, the adaptive and maladaptive functioning of related attachment patterns and forensic victimology. With a greater understanding of the psychopathology and attachment patterns indicative of stalking and psychopathy, participants will be better able to identify the early signs of such maladaptive patterns and discuss the value of restorative relational experiences.

The length of time and purpose of the presentation (general education or special interest workshop) will determine the breath and depth of this topic. The aforementioned presentation can be modified for general education and a broad audience. A general audience will receive general knowledge of pernicious attachments (developmental, maladaptive / adaptive functioning and attachment), identifying behaviours and patterns of stalkers and psychopaths and restorative / protective approaches to safety.

Stalking & Psychopathy Learning Objectives

  1. Participants of this presentation will be able to differentiate between the developmental and attachment patterns of a Stalker and Psychopath.
  2. Identify and analyze the impact of early attachment trauma and adaptive / maladaptive functioning of Stalkers and Psychopaths
  3. Utilizing forensic victimology and case examples of a Stalker and Psychopath demonstrate the attachment patterns and decision-making process of these two groups.
  4. Evaluate early developmental and maladaptive attachment patterns that are available to intervention and restorative relational experiences.
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