20 Hours | 20 CEs

This self-paced training program on Evaluation of Risk for Sexual Violence using the Risk for Sexual Violence Protocol (RSVP) is presented by Stephen Hart, PhD

Sexual violence—and, in particular, the diversity of both sexual violence and the people who commit sexual violence—presents tremendous challenges for professionals responsible for assessment and treatment. Actuarial risk assessment methods, which focus on identifying risk level based on statistical profiles, do little to assist identification of critical risk factors or the development of management plans in a given case. In this course, Dr. Hart discusses the use of structured professional judgment (SPJ) guidelines in sexual violence risk assessment. He begins by reviewing the SPJ approach, highlighting its potential strengths with respect to developing case formulations and management plans. Next, he describes the Risk for Sexual Violence Protocol (RSVP) and its administration procedures, focusing on the application to developing formulations (case conceptualizations) and management plans. Finally, participants practice the administration of the RSVP in case studies.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Describe the SPJ approach to violence risk assessment

  • Describe the diversity of sexual violence

  • Describe diversity of people who commit sexual violence

  • Describe the challenges professionals face during assessment and treatment

  • Describe the risk levels based on statistical profiles

  • Describe the administration procedures for the RSVP

  • Describe the use of the RSVP for developing case conceptualizations and management plans

  • Demonstrate administration of the RSVP

  • Describe the RSVP through case studies

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


    • Lesson 1 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 3

    Risk Assessment Management

    • Lesson 2 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 4

    Identifying Risk Factors

    • Lesson 3 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 5

    Risk Factors - Motivators

    • Lesson 4 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 6

    Risk Factors - Disinhibitors and Destabilizers

    • Lesson 5 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 7

    Combining Risk Factors

    • Lesson 6 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 8

    Actuarial Approaches

    • Lesson 7 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 9

    Structured Professional Judgement

    • Lesson 8 Video

    • Violence Risk in Practice

    • Risk Assessment & Communication

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 10


    • Lesson 9 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 11

    Steps 3 and 4

    • Lesson 10 Video

  • 12

    Scenario Planning

    • Lesson 11 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 13

    Developing, Evaluating, and Using Scenarios

    • Lesson 12 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 14

    Markoff Case Study: Check In

    • Lesson 13 Video

    • Case: Markoff

    • RSVP Manual

    • Submission Directions

    • RSVP - Markoff Case Worksheet Submission

    • Submission Verification

  • 15

    Case Discussion - Markoff Part 1

    • Lesson 14 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 16

    Case Discussion - Markoff Part 2

    • Lesson 15 Video

  • 17

    Markoff Case Study - Formulation

    • Lesson 16 Video

  • 18

    Markoff Case Study - Motivators, Disinhibitors, and Destabilizers

    • Lesson 17 Video

  • 19

    Report Writing

    • Lesson 18 Video

    • James, re Sam

    • O'Brien, re Roy

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 20

    Course Evaluation

    • Evaluation

    • Submission Verification

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