10 Hours | 10 CEs

This on-demand professional training program on Diversity Issues in Violence Risk Assessment & Management is presented by Stephen D. Hart, PhD in partnership with Protect International Risk and Safety Services.

Human diversity is one of the biggest challenges facing professionals whose work includes the assessment and management of violence risk. The people we deliver services to can differ greatly with respect to factors such as ethnicity (race, culture, language, spirituality, etc.), sexuality (biological sex, gender identity, sexual interest, etc.), and age (biopsychosocial maturity, developmental stage, etc.). Dr. Hart describes a general framework for understanding diversity and its impact on violence risk, as well as principles for delivering evidence-based services to assess and manage violence risk that both respect and accommodate diversity. He illustrates the framework and principles using case studies. 

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this program you will be able to:

  • Describe the definition and complexity of diversity

  • Describe the challenge and importance of considering diversity issues when assessing and managing violence risk

  • Describe a general framework for understanding diversity and its impact on violence risk

  • Describe general principles for considering diversity when conducting violence risk assessment and management

  • Describe how the framework and principles can be applied in practice

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.
  • Intended Audience

    This on-demand professional training program is intended for mental health and other allied professionals.

  • Experience Level

    This on-demand professional training program is appropriate for beginner, intermediate, and advanced level clinicians.

  • CE / CPD Credit

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  • 1


    • Review Before Proceeding

  • 2


    • Lesson 1 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 3

    Matter of Justice

    • Lesson 2 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 4

    Considering Diversity: A General Model

    • Lesson 3 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 5

    Application to SPJ Guidelines

    • Lesson 4 Video

  • 6

    Exploring Diversities- Age

    • Lesson 5 Video



    • R. v. D.B


    • Lesson Quiz

  • 7

    Exploring Diversities- Gender

    • Lesson 6 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 8

    Exploring Diversities-Culture

    • Lesson 7 Video

    • UNUDHR

    • UNDRIP

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 9

    General Discussion

    • Lesson 8 Video

    • R. v. Ipeelee

    • R. v. GLADUE

  • 10


    • 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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