20 Hours | 20 CEs

This self-paced training program on Evaluation of Risk for Intimate Partner Violence using the SARA Version 3 is presented by Stephen D. Hart, PhD.

The Spousal Assault Risk Assessment Guide has become popular worldwide as a method for assessing and managing risk for intimate partner violence (IPV). It has been translated into 10 languages and is used by diverse professionals in numerous countries across six continents. The third version of the guidelines, the SARA-V3, was published in 2015 by Drs. Randall Kropp and Stephen Hart.

This program covers topics such as: principles of violence risk assessment and management; the development of the SARA-V3; the use of the SARA-V3 for intimate partner violence risk assessment and management; and the effective implementation of the SARA-V3 into practice in light of both institutional and community challenges.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Describe the nature of intimate partner violence

  • Describe intimate partner violence risk & homicide

  • Describe the principles of violence risk assessment

  • Describe the structured professional judgment (SPJ) approaches

  • Describe principles of violence risk management approaches & scenario planning approaches

  • Describe violence against current or former intimate partner

  • Describe the development & administration of the Spousal Assault Risk Assessment Guide (SARA-V3)

  • Describe coding of the Spousal Assault Risk Assessment Guide (SARA-V3)

  • Describe the interpretation of the Spousal Assault Risk Assessment Guide (SARA-V3)

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.

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  • 1


    • Review Before Proceeding

  • 2


    • Lesson 1 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 3

    Key Concepts

    • Lesson 2 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 4

    Practical Perspectives

    • Lesson 3 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 5

    Structured Professional Judgement

    • Lesson 4 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 6

    Decision Theory

    • Lesson 5 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 7

    Nature of Risk Factors

    • Lesson 6 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 8

    Scenario Planning

    • Lesson 7 Video

    • Formualtion of Violence Risk

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 9


    • Lesson 8 Video

    • SARA-V3 Manual

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 10

    Case Study Intro

    • Lesson 9 Video

    • Smitho Case

    • Submission Directions

    • SARA - Smitho Case Worksheet Submission

    • Submission Verification

  • 11

    Case Study Discussion- Part 1

    • Lesson 10 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 12

    Case Study Discussion P2

    • Lesson 11

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 13

    Course Evaluation

    • Evaluation

    • Submission Verification

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