Research suggests that many youths engage in curiosity-based firesetting. In some instances, however, repeated acts of firesetting can result in significant property destruction and loss of life. As such, it is important that mental health and criminal justice professionals understand the challenges and complexities of working with youths who set fires. In this 90-minute presentation, attendees will learn about the causes, consequences, and risk factors underlying youth firesetting. Specifically, the focus will be on evidence-based intervention strategies, typologies, psychiatric co-morbidities, intellectual deficits, and family dynamics. Relevant research findings and case study accounts will be presented throughout the session.
Jerrod Brown, M.A., M.S., M.S., M.S., is the Treatment Director for Pathways Counseling Center, Inc. Pathways provides programs and services benefiting individuals impacted by mental illness and addictions. Jerrod is also the founder and CEO of the American Institute for the Advancement of Forensic Studies (AIAFS) and the lead developer and program director of an online graduate degree program in Forensic Mental Health from Concordia University, St. Paul, Minnesota
This training is designed to help you:
- Review key research findings, statistics, and concepts associated with youth firesetting
- Differentiate between arson, firesetting, and fire play
- Identify available screening tools for youth firesetting