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Free Article: Assessing Risk for Violence using SPJ Guidelines

jfppThe Journal of Forensic Psychology Practice, published by Taylor & Francis, has made the following article available free of charge until the end of 2014. To access the article please click the title of the article below. To download a PDF of the article, please click here.

Assessing Risk of Violence Using Structured Professional Judgment Guidelines

Authors:

Laura S. Guy, PhD, Department of Psychiatry, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, Massachusetts
Ira K. Packer, PhD, ABPP, Department of Psychiatry, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, Massachusetts
William Warnken, PsyD, ABPP Department of Psychiatry, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, Massachusetts

Abstract:

Violence risk assessments are conducted routinely in psychiatric and correctional settings. One method with demonstrated relia- bility and validity for assessing risk of violence is the structured professional judgment (SPJ) model. In this article, we provide an overview of the SPJ model and a brief review of the empirical literature supporting its use. We present a clinical case example to demonstrate the use of the HCR-20, the most well-researched SPJ tool, with a psychiatric patient being considered for increased hospital privileges and discharge to the community. We conclude with recommendations for clinical practice using an SPJ tool when assessing risk of violence.

KEYWORDS structured professional judgment, HCR-20, risk assessment, forensic assessment, violence

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