Understanding Radicalization and Recidivism in the Context of Providing Appropriate Intervention for Individuals with Mental Health Challenges from Underserved, Ethnically Diverse Populations

[Speaker] Yekyazarian, Armen M:1
[Co-author] Pir, Tara:2, Mesrobian, Sirvart T:2, Marquez, Joseph E:2
1:Institute for Multicultural Counseling & Education Services (United States of America), 2:IMCES (United States of America)

Radicalization tendencies have been associated with mental illness. Alienation, isolation, and marginalization have been identified as contributing factors to the susceptibility of individuals becoming radicalized. Essential human needs in lifespan development include a search for purpose and sense of belonging, power, security, and a social network. Underserved, young, impressionable people in closed societies with limited opportunity to reach the development goals with limited ability to handle distress due to mental illness are susceptible to radicalization. Extremist recruiters have been known to target people who are mentally vulnerable.

Clients with impulse control problems often find themselves struggling with legal issues, exacerbated by a lack of resources. Our preventative treatment model is aimed at resolving legal problems in the context of a comprehensive treatment plan and preventing the tendencies that can lead to radicalization and recidivism. This facilitates the goal of reaching the ultimate outcome of wellbeing for both individual and society.
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