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Overcoming Children’s Genetic Risk for Externalizing Disorders, Part 2: What genetic research says

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What genetic research says about behavior and the risk of developing externalizing disorders

In Part 2 of Overcoming Genetic Risk for Externalizing Disorders, Dr. Liane Leedom explains research on the genetics of externalizing disorders, and how genetics contribute to the development of externalizing behavior. You’ll also learn about personality traits associated with personality disorders, including the Dark Triad — psychopathy, narcissism and Machiavellianism.

Highlights of Part 2 

  • Results of genetic and family research studies about the heritability of adult antisocial, narcissistic and borderline personality disorders, and psychopathy.
  • Links between psychopathic personality traits and antisocial behavior.
  • The heritability of the Big 5 personality traits, and how they relate to externalizing disorders.

 About the instructor

Liane J. Leedom, M.D., is a psychiatrist and an associate professor of counseling and psychology at the University of Bridgeport. She is author of Just Like His Father? A Guide to Overcoming Your Child’s Genetic Connection to Antisocial Behavior, Addiction and ADHD, and Women Who Love Psychopaths: Investigating the Relationships of Inevitable Harm. She is also author of multiple peer-reviewed studies, including The Problem of Parental Psychopathy, and Did He Ever Love Me? A Qualitative Study of Life with a Psychopathic Husband.

In addition to her university research and teaching, Dr. Leedom is currently in private practice as a psychiatrist. She trained in medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles, and at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. She previously served on the medical staff of several Connecticut facilities, including St. Vincent’s Medical Center, Hall-Brooke Behavioral Health Services, the Hospital of St. Raphael and the Center for Optimum Care.

Cost and credits

The cost for this course is only $25 for 60 minutes of instruction. Once you purchase the course, you can view it as often as you want. There is no expiration date.

This four-part series offers 4 hours of continuing education credit for mental health professionals. All 4 parts must be completed to receive credit. For more information on credits, click here.

Mental health professionals who complete 8 Lovefraud CE credits are eligible for a free 12-month listing in the Lovefraud Professional Resources Guide.

No commercial support was provided to Lovefraud Continuing Education or the instructor for this program.

Learning objectives

This workshop will enable mental health professionals to:

  1. Explain the development of externalizing behavior in children and young adults.
  2. Discuss how to interpret the results of genetic studies.
  3. Describe the results of studies of genetic risk for externalizing disorders.
  4. Explain phenotypic traits and personality traits associated with externalizing disorders.
  5. Identify guidelines for talking to clients about genetic risk for externalizing disorders.

Program Agenda

 Instruction — 55 minutes

  • Prevention of externalizing disorders — what should clients know?
  • Development of externalizing behavior
  • Early adult onset of antisocial personality disorder
  • How do we study the genetics of behavior?
  • Genetics of externalizing disorders
    • Family studies of externalizing disorders
    • Comorbidity in adults with externalizing disorders
    • Adoption study results
    • Twin studies enable estimates of heritability
  • Link between psychopathic personality traits and antisocial behavior
  • What do the data mean for clinical practice?
  • The externalizing phenotype
    • Heart rate as a marker for externalizing risk
    • Reward deficiency syndrome
    • Specific genes associated with externalizing disorders
  • Genetics of executive function
  • Personality traits associated with externalizing disorders
    • Big 5 personality traits and the Dark Triad
    • Emotional dysregulation and externalizing disorders
    • Hostile attributions and aggression
    • Callous unemotional traits
  • Talking to clients about genetics

 Questions and answers —5 minutes

Risks and Limitations

  • The accuracy and utility of the statements included in this presentation are based on referenced materials from reliable sources that are accessible and obtainable by all.
  • The limitation of the content presented herein is that the results of execution have not been measured, therefore, expectation of outcome is not predictable.
  • It is presumed that professionals executing the guidelines presented herein will apply such holding to the precise standards of their professional code of ethics, to reduce risk of ethical violations. As in all therapeutic interventions that may provoke emotional triggering, the professional may be required to perform risk assessment for suicidality, homicidality or other incident requiring emergency psychiatric services.

Here’s a preview of this webinar:

Research into genetics point to a heritability factor for externalizing disorders. What do the data mean for clinical practice, and how should therapists talk to parents about genetics? The answers are in this course.

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