Evaluation of Risk for Sexual Violence using the RSVP


20 Hours | 20 CE (CEU)


Program Description

This self-paced online training program on the Evaluation of Risk for Sexual Violence using the RSVP was developed by Dr. Stephen Hart and is presented in partnership with Protect International. Sexual violence is the actual, attempted, or threatened contact or communication of a sexual nature that is deliberate and non-consensual. In the general population, the lifetime rate of sexual violence victimization is about 15% to 25% among males and females aged or older. In correctional settings, about 20% of adult male offenders are known or suspected to have perpetrated sexual violence. Because of the high prevalence of sexual violence and its potential to escalate to life-threatening violence, specialized training is essential for professionals who work with offenders or victims. The Risk for Sexual Violence Protocol (RSVP) is a set of structured professional guidelines that can also be considered a psychological test.

This training program takes the trainee through a series of video modules on the use of the RSVP for guiding judgments of risk for sexual violence. The trainee is provided with an e-copy of the RSVP Manual and e-copies of both the RSVP Worksheet and Protocol. 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 but this is not a requirement.

The trainee is taken through the foundation for structured professional judgment, how to rate the presence and relevance of each of the RSVP items, how to formulate risk scenarios, how to consider case management issues for the evaluee, and how to conceptualize and provide summary judgments regarding the evaluee’s overall risk. This Training Program typically takes about 20 hours to complete and includes a review of the training videos, reading the RSVP Manual, working through the Case Illustration, working through 3 clinical cases using the RSVP, and completing the Course Evaluation.

The fee for this training program is $500 and includes all materials and worksheets. E-copies of the RSVP 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. Participants should expect to commit approximately 20 hours to complete this training program. Throughout the training program, there are 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

The Evaluation Risk for Sexual Violence Using the RSVP training program is primarily for criminal justice, mental health, and victim support professionals – those who work with (alleged) perpetrators and victims of sexual violence. This training program is for beginner, intermediate, and advanced level clinicians.

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

– Describe the guidelines for judgements of risk for sexual violence
– Describe the unstructured professional judgement approach to risk assessment
– Describe the actuarial risk assessment approach to risk assessment
– Describe the structured professional judgement as it relates to risk assessment
– Describe sexual violence risk assessment procedures, focusing on the RSVP
– Describe how to formulate risk scenarios
– Demonstrate the RSVP in regards to interviewing and reviewing case history information
– Describe how to do item coding; and reaching conclusory opinions regarding risk
– Describe the use of the RSVP in risk management
– Describe the implementation of the RSVP, including completion of practice cases,
– Describe how to implement the RSVP to special issues, including: diversity (age, gender, and culture)
– Describe report writing and expert testimony as it relates to RSVP

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 professionals in the criminal justice, victim services and mental
health fields.
Participants will learn the use of the RSVP for guiding judgements of risk for sexual violence and how to formulate risk scenarios
Risk Assessment
Participants will learn the foundations of risk assessment approaches including unstructured professional judgement, actuarial risk assessment, and structured professional judgement
Participants will learn about case management issues for the evaluee, and how to conceptualize and provide summary judgments regarding the evaluee’s overall risk

“This course had easy to use technology and worksheets. I learned a lot and think Dr. Hart is an excellent presenter. I really enjoyed the interesting case studies.” – PhD Psychologist, Corrections
“This course was very helpful and the good audio assisted the learning for me. I was able to work through the slides at my own pace and go back as required. Thanks so much especially for the self-paced way.” – Constable, Police Department
“This was an excellent program, taught by the best in the field. Thank you for providing online access to this training and to Dr. Hart’s vast expertise.” – PhD Psychologist, Forensic Evaluator

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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