20 Hours | 20 CEs

This self-paced training program on Advanced Issues in the Assessment of Risk for Violence: Formulation was developed by Stephen D. Hart, PhD.

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 provides 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.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course you will 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 and management using a structured professional judgement approach

  • Describe the process for case formulation and 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

Presented By

Stephen D. Hart, PhD

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.

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  • Intended Audience

    This self-paced course is intended for mental health and other allied professionals.

  • Experience Level

    This self-paced course is appropriate for beginner, intermediate, and advanced level clinicians.

  • CE / CPD Credit

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  • 1


    • Review Before Proceeding

  • 2

    Case Formulation

    • Lesson 1 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 3

    The Anamnestic Approach

    • Lesson 2 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 4

    The SPJ Approach

    • Lesson 3 Video

    • HCR-20 V3 Manual

    • Formulation of Violence Risk

    • HCR-20 Annotated Bibliography

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 5

    Scenario Planning

    • Lesson 4 Video

    • Case Formulation: Vantogeren

    • Submission Directions

    • HCR-20 - Vantogeren Case Worksheet Submission

    • Submission Verification

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 6

    Vantongeren Formulation Exercise

    • Lesson 5 Video

    • Case Formulation: Walton

    • Submission Directions

    • HCR-20 - Walton Case Worksheet Submission

    • Submission Verification

  • 7

    Walton Formulation Exercise

    • Lesson 6 Video

    • Case Formulation: Fletcher

    • Submission Directions

    • HCR-20 - Fletcher Case Worksheet Submission

    • Submission Verification

  • 8

    Case Study Discussion

    • Lesson 7 Video

  • 9

    Report Writing

    • Lesson 8 Video

    • Sample Report: SAM

    • Sample Report: WEBB

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 10

    Course Evaluation

    • Submission Verification

    • Submission Verification

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