This training program on the Evaluation of Risk for Violence using the HCR-20 Version 3 was developed by Drs. Stephen Hart and Kevin Douglas and is presented in partnership with Protect International Inc. The HCR-20 (Version 2; Webster, Douglas, Eaves, & Hart, 1997), according to a recent survey, is the most commonly used violence risk assessment measure across 44 different countries. It helps professionals in correctional, mental health, and forensic settings make decisions about who poses higher versus lower risk for violence, either within institutions or in the community, and to devise and monitor violence risk management plans. The HCR-20 (Version 2) has been evaluated in more than 100 studies and implemented or evaluated in at least 32 countries. Recently, Version 3 of the HCR-20 (Douglas, Hart, Webster, & Belfrage, 2013) was completed and released.
Version 3 maintains the basic features of Version 2, but has additional features that will help decision makers to determine which risk factors are most relevant at the individual level, how to produce a meaningful case formulation, how to develop helpful risk management plans, and how to make decisions about level of violence risk. Some of its items have been changed as well.
- The trainee is taken through the foundation for structured professional judgment, how to rate the presence and relevance of each of the HCR-20 Version 3 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 review of the training videos, reading the HCR-20 Version 3 Manual, working through the Case Illustration, and working through a clinical case using the HCR-20 Version 3.
This training program focuses on the revised HCR-20 (now called HCR:V3) and describes why and how the HCR-20 was revised; how Version 3 differs from its predecessors; initial research validation of Version 3; what its risk factors are and how to rate them; and how to complete case formulation and risk management planning using Version 3. Participants will also have the opportunity to complete the HCR:V3 on a practice case. Professionals who do not have a solid foundation in threat assessment and risk management may wish to register for the Foundations of Violence Risk Assessment and Management training program before registering for this Program but this is not a requirement.
The fee for this training program is $500 and includes all materials and worksheets. 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 a sample case. 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 Evaluation of Risk for Violence Using the HCR-20 Version 3 training program is primarily for criminal justice, mental health, and victim support professionals – those who work with (alleged) perpetrators and victims of violence. This training program is for beginner, intermediate, and advanced level clinicians.