B. Van Hasselt is a professor of psychology and director of the Interpersonal Violence Program at Nova Southeastern University
(Florida). He began his law enforcement career in 1995, when he joined the Plantation
Police Department (Flordia) as a part-time, certified police officer. In addition
to his academic career, he has worked in the criminal justice field as: an instructor at the Criminal Justice Institute, Broward
County Police Academy (Florida); a consultant to the Major Crimes Unit of the Broward County Sheriff’s Office; lecturer
and consult to the FBI Behavior Science Unit; and, to a variety of law enforcement related crisis response and negotiation
B. Van Hasselt is the author of Handbook of
Adolescent Psychopathology and he is a coauthor of Basic Interviewing: A Practical Guide for Counselors and Clinicians.
He has also edited: Advanced Abnormal Psychology; Handbook of Social Development: A Lifespan Perspective; Psychological
Evaluation of the Developmentally and Physically Handicapped; Psychological Treatment of Older Adults: An Introductory Text;
Handbook of Psychological Approaches with Violent Offenders: Contemporary; Strategies and Issues; Handbook of Family Violence;
Aggression and Violence: An Introductory Text; Advanced Personality; Handbook of Clinical Geropsychology; and, Inpatient Behavior
Therapy for Children and Adolescents. And, contributed to Handbook of Developmental
and Physical Disabilities.
to the book description of Basic Interviewing:
A Practical Guide for Counselors and Clinicians, “This book offers clear and direct answers to the questions
most frequently asked by students and trainees learning how to talk to clients and extract critical data from them. Its development
reflects the old adage that "necessity is the mother of invention." For many years, the editors taught beginning level mental
health clinicians. They found, however, no text to be satisfactory--including a number that they themselves were involved
in producing. Some were too difficult; some were too simplistic; some were too doctrinaire; still others had missing elements.
in a reader-friendly "how-to" style, the chapters in Basic Interviewing are not weighed down by references. Rather, each contributor
suggests readings for students and instructors who wish to pursue questions further.
the initial overview chapter, there are 12 chapters addressing the nuts-and-bolts concerns of all clinicians that can be particularly
vexing for neophytes. They cover a variety of issues from the most specific--like how to begin and end interviews--to the
more general--like how to build rapport and identify targets for treatment. Throughout, rich clinical illustrations facilitate
the pragmatic application of fundamental principles. Beginning graduate students in counseling and clinical psychology, social
work, and other allied mental health fields, as well as psychiatric trainees, will find this text to be an indispensable companion.”
the Plantation Police Department
Police Department serves a city of 22.8 square miles and a population of over 85,000.
The Plantation Police Department is generally organized into bureaus: the Operations Bureau and the Administrative
Bureau. The Operations Bureau consists of two divisions: the Patrol Division and the Investigations Division. A number of specialty units are also a part of the Operations Bureau.
Division is responsible for the investigation of all criminal cases reported to the department, is a vital part of the Operations
Bureau. This division also prepares cases to be presented to the District Attorney
and includes two major crime teams that work specific cases, including homicides, robberies, burglaries and aggravated batteries. There are also a number of specialized units under this division, including a Juvenile
Unit, Identification Unit and the VIN (Vice, Intelligence and Narcotics) Division.
Bureau of the Plantation Police Department contains two divisions: The General Services Division and the Support Services
Division. The Support Services Division is “comprised of the Training Unit,
Accreditation Unit, Site Planning, Police Reserve Program, Police Explorers Unit, Crime Prevention, Foot Patrol, Code Enforcement,
Volunteer and Community Services Program, Recruitment and Selection Section and the Crime Analysis and Research and Planning
Unit of the Police Department.”
On of the
special units within the Plantation Police Department is the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team, which “consists
of supervisors and officers from throughout the department. This highly trained team is used in a number of various situations
to include arrest/ search warrant service, barricaded subjects, hostage rescue and dignitary protection. To prepare for theses
dangerous encounters the S.W.A.T. Team trains bi-weekly utilizing real-life situations in which their skills and training