20 Hours | 20 CEs

The self-paced training program on Assessing Psychopathy using the Hare Scales (PCL-R and PCL-SV) is presented by Stephen D. Hart, PhD.

Psychopathic personality disorder is an important risk factor for violence. Additionally, it has relevance for treatment and risk management. The Psychopathy Checklist, Revised (PCL-R) is currently the best-validated measure of psychopathy. The use of the PCL-R has become widespread across many agencies; it provides a standard methodology for assessing this important risk factor. In particular, an emphasis is given to the clinical information derived from the instrument and how that information can be used in risk violence formulation. Using a variety of teaching modalities didactic, interactive and practical exercises, this program introduces participants to the PCL-R. A video case is used to allow participants to administer, score and interpret the PCL-R and PCL:SV (Screening Version) ratings and obtain feedback. The strengths and limitations of the PCL-R are discussed.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Describe the empirical foundation for each of these forensic assessment instrument

  • Describe the theoretical foundation for each of these forensic assessment instrument

  • Describe the principles of administration

  • Describe the principles of interpretation

  • Describe related skills by analyzing and reviewing case studies

  • Describe the most effective ways to communicate their findings, both in writing and orally

  • Describe diagnostic formulation

  • Describe formulation of violence risk and treatability

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

    Introduction to Psychopathy

    • Lesson 1 Video

    • Psychopathy Checklists

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 3


    • Lesson 2 Video

    • CAPP Model

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 4

    FAQs - Part I

    • Lesson 3 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 5

    The Hare Scales

    • Lesson 4 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 6

    FAQs - Part II

    • Lesson 5 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 7

    Administration & Interpretation

    • Lesson 6 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 8

    Recent Research

    • Lesson 7 Video

    • Assessment and Diagnosis of PPD

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 9

    PCL-R & PCL:SV Items

    • Lesson 8 Video

    • PCLR: SV

    • Item Descriptions

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 10

    Case Example 1

    • Lesson 9 Video

  • 11

    Case Example 2

    • Lesson 10 Video

    • Case Example

    • Submission Directions

    • PCL-R Worksheet Submission

    • Submission Verification - PCL-R

    • Submission Directions

    • PCL-SV Worksheet Submission

    • Submission Verification - PCL-SV

  • 12

    Case Discussion - Case 2

    • Lesson 11 Video

    • Report Example: Hershey

    • Report Example: Herbert

  • 13

    Formulation of Violence Risk

    • Lesson 12 Video

    • Example Report: Sabuktigin

    • Example Report: Sam

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 14

    Course Evaluation

    • Evaluation

    • Submission Verification

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