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New Developments in the Treatment of Psychopathy

Special Issue Call for Papers


Journal of Criminological Research Policy and Practice.

Special Issue Title:  New Developments in the Treatment of Psychopathy


Guest Editor:

Dr Simon Draycott, University of Surrey and Broadmoor Hospital, [email protected]



The effectiveness of psychological therapy with psychopaths has been a topic of intense interest in recent years.  From a perspective of therapeutic nihilism, a more nuanced perspective has begun to emerge.  It is clear that individuals designated as psychopathic may not respond as well as other individuals to psychological therapy, and particularly to offence-focused therapy.  However, the question of whether psychopathy itself is or is not treatable remains open.  Moreover, a detailed understanding of what underpins the reduced effectiveness of offence-focused therapy for psychopaths, or whether this reduced efficacy is a universal effect, remain to be elucidated.

This issue aims to bring together an up-to-date overview of current science and practice in the treatment of psychopathy.  This may include focused systematic reviews on particular topics in the treatment of psychopathy as well as empirical and theoretical papers.  Potential topics might include:

-         Specialist interventions for individuals with high levels of psychopathy, whether psychological, medical, social or environmental.

-         Mechanisms of change or resistance to change over treatment in psychopathy

-         Motivation or readiness for change in psychopathy

-         Outcomes for psychopaths in empirically validated therapies, whether these are focused on offending or on mental health

-         Interventions focused on the early precursors of psychopathy in children or adolescents

-         Theoretical models relevant to developing interventions for psychopathy, or understanding the responsiveness of psychopaths to treatment.

Ultimately, this special issue should provide practitioners, researchers and students with a comprehensive overview of the state of the art in the treatment of psychopathy.


Submission Procedure:

Submissions to this journal are through the ScholarOne submission system here:

Please visit the author guidelines for the journal at which gives full details. Please ensure you select this special issue from the relevant drop down menu on page four of the submission process.


Submission Deadline:

October 2017