James Gilligan, M.D., is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry in the School of Medicine and Adjunct Professor in the School of Law at New York University. He is a former president of the International Association for Forensic Psychotherapy. An expert in the field of violence, he has published several books including Violence: Reflections on a National Epidemic, Preventing Violence: Prospects for Tomorrow, and Why Some Politicians Are More Dangerous Than Others. As a faculty member of the Harvard Medical School for many years, he headed the Institute of Law and Psychiatry and directed mental health services for the Massachusetts prisons and prison mental hospital. Dr. Gilligan also served as an expert witness in the Supreme Court case of Plata V. Brown.



Psychological Factors that Contribute to Violence

In this DVD, Dr. James Gilligan discusses the developmental roots of violence, such as the psychological effects of childhood neglect and dissociation. Drawing upon his wealth of experience working with violent adolescents and adults, Dr. Gilligan addresses implications for treatment and emphasizes the importance of learning from violent individuals, stating, “We need to learn from them what are the causes of violence and what are the interventions that can prevent it.”

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The Public Health Model Applied to Violence

In this DVD, Dr. James Gilligan approaches violence prevention from a public health, preventive medicine standpoint. He draws a parallel between preventing violence and preventing disease, describing the three steps of violence prevention in the medical terms of primary, secondary and tertiary prevention. He discusses the most effective methods of treating violence and reducing recidivism. Dr. Gilligan contends, “There is no human being who cannot be reached at some level or another if you have the dedication and the patience.”

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Social, Political and Economic Issues in Violence

In this DVD, Dr. James Gillian addresses the magnitude of the problem of violence, emphasizing that “in the United States, there are more years of life lost due to the various forms of violence than there are to cancer and heart disease combined.” He discusses social, political and economic issues related to violence, including societal values and homophobia, as well as how violence relates to different demographics. He also gives a brief history of our modern prison system and prison alternatives. He discusses the punishment model often used to treat violence and argues that revenge is not an effective treatment.

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