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Forensic Scholars TodayVolume 2, Issue 4

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD): An Introduction for Correctional Professionals

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD): An Introduction for Correctional ProfessionalsWith an increased understanding of the disorder, correctional professionals will be better able to identify when they are working with an individual with ASD and more effectively address this population’s unique and sometimes challenging needs. The following is a list of key features of ASD that correctional professionals should become familiar with. View online or by PDF.

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) in Detoxification Centers: A Call on Withdrawal Management Professionals to Become FASD-Informed

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) in Detoxification Centers: A Call on Withdrawal Management Professionals to Become FASD-InformedDetoxification centers are natural entry points to the health care system for many individuals with complex health conditions. These facilities continue to be under-utilized as a portal for screening, identifying, diagnosing, and treating patients with FASD. View online or by PDF.

Human Service-Forensic Behavioral Health Practitioners: Roles and Responsibilities

Human Service-Forensic Behavioral Health Practitioners: Roles and Responsibilities
Human service-forensic behavioral health practitioners (HS-FBHPs) play a critical role at the nexus of the mental health and criminal justice systems. Although HS-FBHPs are typically unlicensed and hold a bachelor’s degree (in some cases, master’s degrees), these practitioners are often tasked with coordinating and providing a diverse array of assistance, referral, advocacy, intervention, and other forms of support and services for diverse populations of individuals involved in the criminal justice system who are often impacted by mental illness. View online or by PDF.

Human Services with an Emphasis in Forensic Behavioral Health: The Role of Advanced Education in Enhancing Care for Clients

Human Services with an Emphasis in Forensic Behavioral Health: The Role of Advanced Education in Enhancing Care for Clients
Human service forensic behavioral health practitioners, despite being unlicensed and often without advanced education and training in the area, serve as an integral hub in multidisciplinary teams working to address a client’s mental health issues and ultimately reduce the risk of future criminal behavior. These human service providers should gain insight into identifying, selecting, and evaluating interventions, strategies, and treatment-rehabilitation models that can best serve their clients through the completion of advanced graduate-level education. View online or by PDF.

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) and Sexually Inappropriate Behaviors: Important Reminders for Criminal Justice and Forensic Mental Health Professionals

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) and Sexually Inappropriate Behaviors
Executive function (i.e., memory, ability to learn from punishment and consequences, lack of inhibitions and impulsivity, and short- and long-term planning) impairments are believed to play an important part in why some individuals with FASD engage in inappropriate sexual acts. View online or by PDF.

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Message from the Editor

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) refers to a set of pervasive, life-long conditions caused by prenatal alcohol exposure. The consequences associated with prenatal alcohol exposure can contribute to a host of adverse outcomes that can impact behavioral, cognitive, educational, social, and vocational capacities. Deficits associated with FASD can lead to individual issues with decision-making, long-term planning and understanding, memory, suggestibility, confabulation, and vulnerability, all of which may predispose individuals with FASD to come into contact with the criminal justice system. Without proper recognition of the diagnosis, suspects, defendants, victims, and witnesses with FASD may experience a host of challenges and obstacles during several different points-of-contact in the criminal justice system (i.e., pretrial, trial, sentencing, and post-sentencing). Forensic Scholars Today (FST) recognizes the importance of educating students and professionals on the complexities and misconceptions of FASD.

– Jerrod Brown, Editor-in-Chief