20 Hours | 20 CEs

This on-demand professional training program on Evaluation of Risk for Intimate Partner Violence using the SARA Version 3 is presented by Stephen D. Hart, PhD in partnership with Protect International Risk and Safety Services.

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 program 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 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 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.

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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

    • SARA Sample Report

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 13


    • 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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