Evaluation of Risk for Intimate Partner Violence with the SARA-V3 (10-Week Fall Training) Oct 7 – Dec 16, 2018


20 Hours | 20 CEs (CEU)

October 8th – December 16th, 2018


Program Description

This Fall Training program on Evaluation of Risk for Intimate Partner Violence using the SARA Version 3 is presented by Dr. Stephen Hart. This training will run for 10-weeks from October 7, 2018 – December 16, 2018.

Beginning October 7th, an email will be sent each week on Sunday with links to approximately 2 hours of course content to be completed during the week (videos and readings). All coursework can be completed at your own pace, with approximately 2 hours of new content being sent each week (on Sunday) for 10 weeks. Instructors will be available during the 10-week period to answer questions about the course materials. Participants are not required to keep the pace of the course and all materials will remain available to participants to complete at their own pace and to revisit as necessary.

The Spousal Assault Risk Assessment Guide has become popular worldwide as a method for assessing and managing risk for intimate partner violence (IPV). It has been translated into 10 languages and is used by diverse professionals in numerous countries across six continents. The third version of the guidelines, the SARA-V3, was published in 2015 by Drs. Randall Kropp and Stephen Hart. This program will cover topics such as: principles of violence risk assessment and management; the development of the SARA-V3; the use of the SARA-V3 for intimate partner violence risk assessment and management; and the effective implementation of the SARA-V3 into practice in light of both institutional and community challenges.

The fee for this training program is $500 and includes all materials and worksheets. Participants should expect to commit approximately 2 hours a week for 10 weeks (20 CE hours) to completing this training program. In addition, case studies and other case-relevant materials are provided for training purposes. 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.


Intended Audience

This training program is relevant for professionals who want to obtain skills in risk assessment and management, including those working in criminal justice, victim services, health care, counseling, social services, human resources, occupational health and safety, law enforcement, security, and legal services settings. This training program is appropriate for beginner, intermediate, and advanced level clinicians.

Upon completion of this training, participants should be able to:

– Describe the nature of intimate partner violence,
– Describe intimate partner homicide
– Describe intimate partner violence risk
– Describe the principles of violence risk assessment
– Describe the structured professional judgment (SPJ) approaches
– Describe principles of violence risk management approaches
– Describe principles of scenario planning approaches
– Describe violence against current or former intimate partner
– Describe the development of the Spousal Assault Risk Assessment Guide (SARA-V3)
– Describe administration of the Spousal Assault Risk Assessment Guide (SARA-V3)
– Describe coding of the Spousal Assault Risk Assessment Guide (SARA-V3)
– Describe the interpretation of the Spousal Assault Risk Assessment Guide (SARA-V3)

About Dr. Stephen Hart


Dr. Stephen Hart obtained his PhD in clinical psychology at the University of British Columbia in 1993. He currently holds positions as Professor in the Department of Psychology at Simon Fraser University and Visiting Professor in the Faculty of Psychology at the University of Bergen. 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 received grants totaling more than CAD $2 million; authored and co-authored more than 180 books, chapters, and articles, and more than 400 conference presentations. His manuals and guidelines on the assessment of violence risk and psychopathic personality disorder have been translated into more than two dozen languages and are used around the world. He was Co-Editor and later Editor of the International Journal of Forensic Mental Health from 2001 to 2011, and in 2012 was appointed Editor of the new Journal of Threat Assessment and Management.
He is a member of the editorial board of five other journals, and an ad hoc reviewer for more than 30 other journals, as well as numerous granting agencies. He was President of the American Psychology-Law Society (Division 41 of the American Psychological Association), and currently is President-Elect of the International Association of Forensic Mental Health Services and a Director of the Canadian Association of Threat Assessment Professionals. He has led more than 350 training workshops for mental health, law enforcement, corrections, and legal professionals in North America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australasia. He has been qualified to give expert testimony regarding risk assessment in the superior courts of Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, and Ontario in Canada; in the superior courts of Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Texas, Washington, and Wisconsin in the United States; and before parliamentary committees in Canada and Scotland. He has received various distinctions for his professional work, including the Career Achievement Award from the Society of Clinical Psychology (Division 12 of the American Psychological Association), the Saleem Shah Award for Early Career Research Excellence in Psychology and Law from the American Psychology-Law Society (Division 41 of the American Psychological Association) and the American Academy of Forensic Psychology, and the Distinguished Achievement Award from the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals.

This course is an excellent means to learn the nature and principles of Intimate Partner Violence Risk Assessment and Management. This course will focus on assessing and managing risk and on violence against current or former intimate partners.

This course runs for 10 weeks, beginning October 8, 2018 and running through December 16, 2018. Each week, participants will receive approximately 2 hours of training content to complete.

Week 1: Introduction and Key Concepts
Week 2: Practical Perspectives
Week 3: Structured Professional Judgement
Week 4: Decision Theory
Week 5: Nature of Risk Factors
Week 6: Scenario Planning
Week 7: The SARA-V3 and Case Study Introduction
Week 8: Implementation Week
Week 9: Case Study Discussion
Week 10: Case Study Discussion Part 2

“Dr. Hart is a terrific instructor! This is the best course I have ever taken. Thank you!”

“This was a great course and I really liked the opportunity to score the SARA-V3 using a real case example. Great course and great instructor.”

“Thank you for such an excellent training. The information on the SPJ approach and on how to formulate risk for intimate partner violence was simply excellent!”

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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