This self-paced online training program on Advanced Issues in the Assessment of Risk for Violence: Formulation was developed by Dr. Stephen Hart and is presented in partnership with Protect International.
The practice of clinical risk assessment and management has changed greatly in the last five years. Predicting harmful outcomes in clients continues to be the first line of response by busy practitioners trying to prioritize large caseloads of demanding and potentially at-risk clients. However, recent research makes it clear that reliance on prediction models to manage individual risk is unsafe. There are a number of reasons why this is the case. Risk prediction tools make a comparison between an individual client and a group of research participants with a known rate of re-offending they do not predict harmful outcomes in individuals. Also, risk prediction does not facilitate risk formulation or individual risk management planning assessment using a risk prediction tool does not encourage an understanding about why harmful outcomes are a possibility or the mechanism by which treatment, supervision and monitoring processes can lead to managed risk.
Prerequisite: The prerequisite for this training program is either the Foundations of Threat Assessment training program offered by CONCEPT or at least 4 days of foundational threat assessment and risk management training.
This training program will provide practitioners with a summary of the most up-to-date research findings relevant to violence and sexual violence, provide an overview of the most recent clinical guidance on risk assessment and management using a structured professional judgement approach, and give practitioners the opportunity to advance their practice in respect of clinical interviewing skills, risk formulation, risk management planning, and risk communication through relevant exercises and case studies. Professionals who do not have a solid foundation in threat assessment and risk management may wish to register for the Foundations of Threat Assessment training program before registering for this Program.
The fee for this training program is $500 and includes all materials and worksheets. Participants should expect to commit approximately 20 CE hours to completing this training program. E-copies of the HCR-20 Version 3 assessment manual and instrument protocol are provided for use in this training program. In addition, case studies and other case-relevant materials are provided for training purposes. The program includes both didactic and interactive materials and allows the opportunity to apply the information and assessment instruments to sample cases. Throughout the training program there will be quizzes that must be passed with a 70% in order to advance in the course. Once the course is completed participants will complete a course evaluation and then will be able to print their certificate of completion.
This training program is intended for experienced psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers and probation officers, and nurses working in forensic mental health and correctional services in institutions and in the community. This course is best suited for practitioners who have already undergone training in risk assessment tools such as the HCR-20, SVR-20, RSVP, or SARA and who wish to enhance the quality of their practice using these tools. This training program is for intermediate and advanced level clinicians.
Upon completion of the course, participants should be able to:
– Describe important historical movements in the violence risk field that led to the development of the HCR-20 Version 3
– Describe the reliance on prediction models used to manage individual risk
– Describe the research on the assessment of violence
– Describe the research on the assessment of sexual violence
– Describe the most recent clinical guidance on risk assessment using a structured professional judgement approach
– Describe the process for case formulation
– Describe the process for risk scenarios
– Describe the process of risk management formulations
– Demonstrate clinical interview skills and risk formulation to actual case analysis
– Demonstrate risk management planning and risk communications to actual case analysis
– Demonstrate the HCR-20 Version 3 to actual case analysis
– Describe important historical movements in the violence risk field that led to the development of the HCR-20 Version 3,
– Describe the research on the assessment of violence and sexual violence,
– Describe the most recent clinical guidance on risk assessment and management using a structured professional judgement approach,
– Describe the process for case formulation and risk scenarios,
– Describe the process of risk management formulation, and
– Demonstrate the HCR-20 Version 3 to actual case analysis
About Dr. Stephen Hart
Dr. Stephen D. Hart obtained BA, MA, and PhD degrees in psychology at the University of British Columbia. He has been on faculty in the Department of Psychology at Simon Fraser University since 1990, and has held the rank of Professor since 2001. He also has been a Visiting Professor in the Faculty of Psychology at the University of Bergen in Norway since 2000. His expertise is in the field of clinical-forensic psychology, with a special focus on the assessment of violence risk and psychopathic personality disorder. He has co-authored more than 215 books, chapters, and articles. He has served as editor of two scientific journals; a member of the editorial board of six journals; and ad hoc reviewer for more than 30 journals. He served as executive committee member of several professional organizations, including President of the American Psychology-Law Society and the International Association of Forensic Mental Health Services. He has received various distinctions for his professional work, including the Career Achievement Award from the Society of Clinical Psychology, the Saleem Shah Award for Early Career Research Excellence in Psychology and Law from the American Psychology- Law Society and the American Academy of Forensic Psychology, and the Distinguished Achievement Award from the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals. In Canada, he has been qualified to give expert testimony before various courts, tribunals, and review boards, including the provincial courts of British Columbia and Ontario; the superior courts of Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, and Ontario; Federal Court; and the House of Commons Standing Committee on Justice and Legal Affairs.
This course is excellent for psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers and probation officers, and nurses working in forensic mental health and correctional services in institutions and in the community.
Participants will learn about the assessment of violence, risk assessment and case formulation.
Participants will learn about recent research in clinical guidance using the SPJ and violence risk which lead to the development of the HCR-20 Version 3.
Participants will learn how to implement clinical interview sills, risk formulation, risk assessment and communication, and the HCR-20-V3.
“This was a great follow-up to the Foundations course. It significantly increased my confidence and comfort levels vis-a-vis using the HCR20. I learned a lot. Thank you!” – Police Officer
“This program was very helpful for improving the way that I formulate cases and create risk management plans for my clients. Thinking about destabilizers, disregulators, and motivators is a great way to conceptualize how things might change for a client in various contexts. Dr. Hart is a great clinician and teacher!” – Psychologist
“This is a great course for learning how to think through and develop a case formulation and risk management plan. I definitely see how the HCR-20 directly leads to a risk management plan. This is a must-do training program for anyone who has to develop management plans for their clients.” – Social Worker, Case Management
Continuing Education Credit
This Distance Learning Course is a Home Study Training Program. To earn CE’s, you will have to complete the course quizzes and evaluation for this Home Study Distance Learning Course. No partial credit is available. For this course, you will need to pass the course quizzes with 70% correct and complete a course evaluation form to earn the certificate. You can take the test as many times as necessary to pass. Participants will earn 20 CE hours for completion once they have completed these requirements. Each participant will be able to print their CE certificate immediately after completing and passing the post-test and evaluation.
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