20 Hours | 20 CEs

This on-deamnd training program on Assessing Psychopathy using the Hare Scales (PCL-R and PCL-SV) is presented by Stephen D. Hart, PhD in partnership with Protect International Risk and Safety Services.

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 program 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 served as a Visiting Professor in the Faculty of Psychology at the University of Bergen in Norway between 2000 and 2021. 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 250 books, chapters, and articles. He has served as editor of two scientific journals; a member of the editorial board of eight journals; and ad hoc reviewer for more than 40 journals. He has served as an 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. He maintains an active practice in violence risk assessment. He has consulted with government agencies from more than 25 countries; led more than 500 training workshops around the world; and given expert evidence before courts, tribunals, inquests, review boards, and parliamentary committees in Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom.

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  • Intended Audience

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

  • Experience Level

    This self-paced program 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


    • Instructions

    • Evaluation

    • Submission Verification

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Protect International Risk and Safety Services

We are proud to partner with Protect International Risk and Safety Services for this training. Protect International's threat assessment professionals are internationally recognized experts that have developed some of the world's most widely used and best-validated threat assessment tools. Protect International provides services and products related to violence risk assessment and management, also known as threat assessment and management. Protect International services and products include threat assessment training and support, case assessment and management, legal consultation, policy review and development, and program evaluation and research; along with threat assessment manuals, worksheets, licenses, and software applications for those tools.

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