24th Annual Conference of the International Association for Forensic Psychotherapy

Recovering from Violence: Victims, Perpetrators, and Communities



For questions about the IAFP, please contact Ms. Genevieve Baker at genevieve.baker@uwclub.net.


For questions about the conference, please contact the conference chair, Dr. Reena Kapoor, at (203) 974-7169 or iafp.conference2015@yale.edu.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 (Pre-Conference)
Thursday-Friday, March 19-20, 2015 (Conference)

Yale University
Linsly-Chittenden Hall
63 High Street
New Haven, CT 06513

When violence occurs, everyone is affected. Popular attention in the aftermath of violent events is understandably focused on victims, but communities and perpetrators must also find ways to heal. In this 2-day symposium, the International Association for Forensic Psychotherapy, the Yale Law & Psychiatry Division, the Samuel & Kathryn Yochelson Family, and the CT Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services collaborate to explore what it means to recover from violence. We focus both on mass tragedies and on individual, smaller-scale violent acts. Topic areas include:

  • Understanding violence
  • Treating perpetrators of violence
  • Treating victims of violence
  • Community-based violence prevention and recovery programs
  • Legal strategies to reduce violence and criminal recidivism

The conference is intended for mental health professionals of all disciplines, as well as students, academics, and legal professionals with an interest in the study of violence. The program includes a mixture of plenary (large lecture hall) and parallel (smaller group) sessions. Fourteen hours of continuing education credit are available for psychologists, physicians, social workers, and nurse practitioners.

Preliminary Program

Download the final program here.

Yale Campus Map

Yale campus map highlighting conference event locations.

Conference Schedule

Wednesday, March 18

Pre-Conference Day

The prison/hospital tour requires separate registration and is limited to 25 participants. All conference registrants are invited to attend the Welcome Reception in the evening.

8:00 am Bus leaves Omni New Haven
9:00-11:00 am Prison tour
12:00 noon Lunch at Connecticut Valley Hospital
12:30-2:00 pm Tour of Whiting Forensic Division of Connecticut Valley Hospital
2:45 pm Bus arrives back at Omni New Haven
3:00-6:00 pm IAFP Board Meeting
7:00-9:00 pm Welcome Reception at Woolsey Hall

Thursday, March 19

Conference Day 1

8:00-8:30 am Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30-9:00 am Opening Remarks
9:00-10:30 am Plenary Session 1
10:30-10:45 am Coffee Break
10:45 am-12:15 pm Parallel Session 1
12:15-1:30 pm Lunch
1:30-3:00 pm Plenary Session 2
3:00-3:15 pm Coffee Break
3:15-4:45 pm Parallel Session 2
5:00-6:00 pm Large Group
6:30-9:00 pm IAFP-Yochelson Gala Dinner

Friday, March 20

Conference Day 2

8:00-9:00 am IAFP Annual General Meeting
9:00-10:30 am Plenary Session 3
10:30-10:45 am Coffee Break
10:45 am-12:15 pm Parallel Session 3
12:15-1:30 pm Lunch
1:30-3:00 pm Parallel Session 4
3:00-4:30 pm Plenary Session 4
4:30-5:30 pm Large Group
5:30-6:00 pm Closing Remarks and Invitation to Ghent 2016

Featured Speakers and Events

Featured Speakers

Confirmed plenary speakers for the conference are:

Rebecca Bailey, PhD
Dr. Bailey is the founder and director of Transitioning Families, an innovative and family-based program for therapeutic reunification and reintegration in California. She is a regular consultant to and referral for the National Center of Missing and Exploited Children and the Federal Bureau of Investigation and she has served as an expert witness. As a nationally recognized expert in non-familial and familial abductions, Dr. Bailey has been a guest and commentator on Anderson Cooper, Good Morning America, Piers Morgan, Erin Burnett, Kyra Phillips, 20/20, Diane Sawyer and World News Tonight. Dr. Bailey is co-author of the book Safe Kids, Smart Parents (Simon & Schuster, 2013).

Jaycee Dugard
Ms. Dugard is the founder and president of the JAYC Foundation. The Foundation’s mission is to help families that have suffered a familial or nonfamilial abduction or other trauma and to spread the word of compassion and awareness through educational programs. Ms. Dugard authored the bestselling book, A Stolen Life: A Memoir, published by Simon & Schuster in 2011. Her current writing focuses on a survivor-informed critique of Stockholm syndrome. Ms. Dugard’s work with the JAYC Foundation has been honored by The Von Furstenberg and the Diller-von Furstenberg Family Foundation and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

Thomas Gutheil, MD
Dr. Gutheil is Professor of Psychiatry and co-founder of the Program in Psychiatry and the Law, Department of Psychiatry, Beth Israel-Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School. An internationally known forensic psychiatrist, teacher, consultant and author of some 300 publications, he is a past president of the American Academy of Psychiatry and Law and the International Academy of Law and Mental Health. Dr. Gutheil has served as a consulting or expert witness in more than forty states. Recipient of every major award in the forensic field and multiple teaching and writing awards, he is listed under forensic psychiatry in the 1994 and 2005-6 editions of "Best Doctors in America." Dr. Gutheil lives and works in the Boston area.

Abigail M. Judge, PhD
Dr. Judge is a clinical and child forensic psychologist and a member of the clinical faculty at the Harvard Medical School. She maintains a private practice in Cambridge, MA and is a forensic consultant at the Law and Psychiatry Service at the Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Judge’s scholarship examines the role of psychological intervention and family-based treatment following child sexual exploitation/domestic minor sex trafficking. Other writing explores the interface of adolescent development and social media. She has published on the topic of youth-produced sexual images ("sexting") and the effects of mobile communications technology on child sex trafficking. She co-edited the book, Adolescent Sexual Behavior in the Digital Age: Considerations for Clinicians, Legal Professionals and Educators (Oxford University Press, 2014).

Reid Meloy, PhD
Dr. Meloy is a forensic psychologist who consults on criminal and civil cases throughout the U.S. and Europe. He is a clinical professor of psychiatry at University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine, and a faculty member of the San Diego Psychoanalytic Institute. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and is past president of the American Academy of Forensic Psychology. He has been conducting research and writing on violence risk and threat assessment for the past twenty-five years. His books include The Psychopathic Mind (Aronson, 1988), Stalking, Threatening and Attacking Public Figures (Oxford University Press, 2008), and the International Handbook of Threat Assessment (Oxford University Press, 2014). Dr. Meloy was a consultant to the counterintelligence division of the FBI for 13 years, and intermittently teaches at the Behavioral Analysis Units in Quantico. He is a member of the Fixated Research Group for the United Kingdom’s Home Office concerning threats to the Royal Family and British political figures, and is a consultant to Team Psychology and Security in Germany. He has been a technical consultant to the television program CSI since its inception in 2001.

Jean-François Pelletier, PhD
Jean-François Pelletier, PhD in political science, graduated from universities located in Canada, France and USA. He is currently Assistant Professor at the Department of Psychiatry of University of Montreal and lecturer at the Yale Program for Recovery & Community Health, School of Medicine. He is director of the International Program for Participatory Action Research (IPPAR), a research program funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Fonds de recherche du Québec - Santé. The IPPAR is also a non-profit organization whose Board of Directors is entirely composed of people with life course interruptions due to mental health problems. The IPPAR promotes the experiential knowledge of consumers in academia and science, making research a supportive an inclusive workplace that fosters civic recovery.

Jessica Yakeley, MD
Dr. Yakeley is a Consultant Psychiatrist in Forensic Psychotherapy at the Portman Clinic and Director of Medical Education and Associate Medical Director, Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK. She is also a Fellow of the British Psychoanalytic Society. She has published widely on topics including medical education, violence, risk assessment, prison health, and antisocial personality disorder, and is Editor of the journal Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. She is currently leading the national development of new services for a multi-site randomized-controlled trial of mentalization-based treatment for antisocial personality disorder as part of the National Personality Disorder Offender Pathways Strategy in the UK.

Featured Events

Welcome Reception at Woolsey Hall
The conference will officially begin on Wednesday, March 18 with a cocktail reception in Yale's Woolsey Hall. The Hall, built in 1901 to commemorate Yale's bicentennial, is used by the School of Music for performances and is home to the Newberry Memorial Organ, one of the world’s largest and most renowned pipe organs.

Gala Dinner at Union League Cafe
Union League Cafe is New Haven's premier dining destination and has hosted many of Yale's most important events. Known for its exquisite French menu and unparalleled service, the restaurant will offer a three-course menu in a private dining room to conference attendees during the Gala Dinner on Thursday, March 19. The dinner will also feature some of Yale Law & Psychiatry's time-honored traditions, including remarks by the Yochelson Family and an a cappella performance.

Continuing Education

Physicians and Nurse Practitioners

The CT Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (Connecticut Valley Hospital) has designated this activity for a maximum of 14 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Individuals should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Social Workers

This conference provides 14 Continuing Education Contact Hours. This program has been approved by the National Association of Social Workers, CT and meets the continuing education criteria for CT Social Work Licensure renewal.


This conference has been approved by the CT Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services for 14 contact hours of Continuing Education to meet the criteria for Clinical Psychologist Licensure.


A limited number of discounted hotel rooms for conference attendees have been reserved at the Omni New Haven for Tuesday, March 17; Wednesday, March 18; and Thursday, March 19. Please book online or call the hotel at (203) 772-6664. Please mention "International Association for Forensic Psychotherapy 2015" when booking.

Transportation to the pre-conference events will depart from the Omni New Haven.

Traveling to Yale

By air:

  • International travelers will likely find that flights to New York (JFK International Airport or Newark Liberty Airport) are the most convenient and affordable.
  • For domestic travelers, Bradley International Airport (outside Hartford, CT) is also an option. New Haven’s airport (Tweed) offers very limited service, but is the closest airport to the Yale campus.
  • From all airports, there are several options for ground transportation to the Yale campus. Please see the Living New Haven website for details on traveling to and from area airports: http://livingnh.yale.edu/transportation.

By train:

  • New Haven’s Union Station is located close to the Yale Campus. The station is on the following rail lines:
  • Train tickets can be purchased online in advance or at the train station. For Amtrak, fares are considerably less expensive if purchased in advance.
  • From the New Haven train station, it is advisable to take a taxi to the hotel.

By car:

  • The conference will take place in Linsly-Chittenden Hall, 63 High Street, New Haven. Click here for a Google map: https://goo.gl/maps/Qns6f


  • There are no designated parking spaces for conference attendees. The closest parking garage to Linsly-Chittenden Hall is the Chapel-York Garage at 150 York Street (corner of York and Chapel). Parking is $2 per hour, with a $10 maximum for cars that arrive after 7 am and leave before 6 pm. More information can be found at: http://infonewhaven.com/content/chapelyork-garage


Registration Details

General registration is now closed.

After March 11, 2015, online registration will no longer be available. Persons who wish to attend the event must register on-site on Thursday, March 19. Registration cannot be completed from March 12-18.

Registration includes attendance at all conference sessions, plus continental breakfast and lunch on Thursday, March 19 and Friday, March 20. No spaces are available for the pre-conference tour or gala dinner.

Changing or Canceling an Existing Registration

The deadline for changes and cancellations has passed. Refunds will no longer be given. Please contact Yale Conferences & Events at 203.432.0465 with questions or concerns.

About the Conference Organizers

  • The International Association for Forensic Psychotherapy is a group of professionals, trainees, volunteers, experts by experience, and others with an interest in the psychodynamic understanding of offending and its treatment. Click here to learn more or become a member: http://forensicpsychotherapy.com
  • The Law and Psychiatry Division, based in the Department of Psychiatry at Yale University, provides education, forensic evaluations, clinical services, consultation and research related to forensic psychiatry and psychology. Click here to learn more: http://lawandpsychiatry.yale.edu/
  • The Dr. Samuel and Kathryn Yochelson Visiting Professorship provides a unique opportunity for celebrating the Yale forensic psychiatry program and promoting scholarship through a generous endowment. Click here to learn more: http://lawandpsychiatry.yale.edu/education/lectures.aspx
  • The Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services aims to improve the quality of life of the people of Connecticut by providing an integrated network of comprehensive, effective and efficient mental health and addiction services that foster self-sufficiency, dignity and respect. Click here to learn more: http://www.ct.gov/dmhas
  • Yale Conferences & Events provided support for the planning and implementation of the conference. Click here to learn more: http://conferencesandevents.yale.edu/