upon completion of this training program, 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 strengths of actuarial and unstructured clinical prediction
– Describe the weaknesses of actuarial and unstructured clinical prediction
– Describe how Structured Professional Judgment (SPJ) differs from the actuarial clinical prediction
– Describe how Structured Professional Judgment (SPJ) differs from the unstructured clinical prediction
– Describe the importance of risk management in the SPJ approach
– Describe how the HCR-20 Version 3 differs from the HCR-20 Version 2
– Describe how the HCR-20 Version 3 improves upon from the HCR-20 Version 2
– Describe how to formulate risk scenarios
– Describe case management issues for the evaluee
– Describe how to conceptualize and provide summary judgments regarding the evaluee’s overall risk
– Apply the HCR-20 Version 3 to actual case analysis
– Describe and score the HCR-20 Version 3 items
About Dr. Kevin Douglas and Dr. Stephen Hart
Dr. Kevin S. Douglas received his law degree (LL.B.) in 2000 from the University of British Columbia, and his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in clinical (forensic) psychology from Simon Fraser University. He spent three years on faculty at the University of South Florida in Tampa, and has been on faculty at Simon Fraser University since 2004. He currently is Professor and Associate Chair, Department of Psychology, Simon Fraser University. He is also a Guest Professor of Applied Criminology at Mid-Sweden University, and a Senior Research Advisor at the University of Oslo.
He received a Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Career Scholar Award (2005-2010), and was the recipient of the Saleem Shah Award for Early Career Excellence in Psychology and Law (2005), awarded jointly by the American Psychology-Law Society and the American Academy of Forensic Psychology. Dr. Douglas has authored over 150 journal articles, books, or book chapters. He has given over 150 invited presentations or workshops across 12 countries. His research and professional activities include violence risk assessment and management, the association between various mental and personality disorders (i.e., psychosis; psychopathy) and violence, and dynamic (changeable, treatment-relevant) risk factors, in both youth and adults.
He is co-author of the Historical-Clinical-Risk Management-20 (HCR-20) violence risk assessment measure, which has been translated into 20 languages and is the most broadly used violence risk assessment measure around the world (roughly 35 countries) in correctional, forensic, and psychiatric settings. Its purpose is to help guide decisions about violence potential and how to reduce it. Dr. Douglas is lead author on the latest (third) revision of the HCR-20, published in 2013. His work has been funded, to the amount of approximately $5,000,000, by the National Science Foundation in the US, and, in Canada, by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Canadian Institutes of Health Research, and the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research.
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 Affair.
This course is designed for all mental health professionals who want to learn about the HCR-20-V3. This course is an excellent means of strengthening skills in case formulation, risk management, Case Illustration, and working through a clinical case using the HCR-20 Version 3.
Participants will be taken through the foundations for SPJ and how to rate the presence and relevance of the HCR items
– Structured Professional Judgment
– Development of Version 3
– Rating Historical Items
– Rating Clinical Items
Participants will learn to complete case formulation and risk management and complete the HCR-20-V3 on a practice case
– The HCR-V3 Worksheet
– Case Example
– Implementation Issues
– Report Writing
“This is a terrific training course! Drs. Douglas and Hart are amazing teachers and use a lot of examples and cases to explain how to use the HCR-20-V3 in various contexts. The inclusion of a case example to score is very useful. Thank you!” -UK-based Psychologist (PhD)
“I loved the online format of this course. There is a lot of material but I could make my way through it when I had time in my schedule. The training was top notch and the HCR-20-V3 is a great instrument for making one consider the formulation of the case and how risk should best be managed.” -Australia-based Psychologist (PsyD)
“Drs. Douglas and Hart are the best of the best! Thank you for this great course. I loved being able to actually apply the instrument to a sample case and hear feedback about how the items were scored for the case example.” -USA-based Social Worker (LCSW)
Continuing Education Credit
This Distance Learning Course is a Home Study Training Program with 10 hours of live consultation. 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.
Board Approvals: APA, ASWB, CPA, NBCC. Click here for state and other regional board approvals.
The following courses have been approved by the British Psychological society for CPD credit:
1. Foundations of Violence, Risk Assessment and Management
2. Minimizing Bias in Forensic Decision Making
3. Evaluation of Risk for Violence using the HCR-20 Version 3
4. DBT Skills Training
5. Assessing Psychopathy using the Hare Scales (PLCL-R and PCL:SV)
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