20 Hours | 20 CEs

This on-demand program on Evaluation of Risk for Sexual Violence using the SVR-20 V2 is presented by Stephen Hart, PhD in Partnership with Protect International Risk and Safety Services

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 program, 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 Sexual Violence Risk-20 Version 2 (SVR-20 V2) and its administration procedures, focusing on its application to developing formulations (case conceptualizations) and management plans. Finally, participants practice the administration of the SVR-20 V2  in case studies.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this program 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 SVR-20 V2

  • Describe the use of the SVR-20 V2 for developing case conceptualizations and management plans

  • Demonstrate administration of the SVR-20 V2

  • Describe the SVR-20 V2 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 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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    This on-demand program is intended for mental health and other allied professionals.

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  • 1


    • Review Before Proceeding

  • 2


    • Lesson 1 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 3

    Risk Assessment and 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 Judgment (SPJ)

    • Lesson 8 Video

    • Risk Assessment & Communication

    • Violence Risk in Practice

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 10

    SVR-20 Version 2

    • Lesson 9 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 11

    SVR-20 Version 2 - Step 1

    • Lesson 10 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 12

    SVR-20 Version 2 - Steps 2 and 3

    • Lesson 11 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 13

    Case Study - Juan Garcia

    • Lesson 12 Video

    • Manual: SVR-20 V2

    • Case: Garcia

    • Submission Directions

    • SVR - Garcia Case Worksheet Submission

    • Submission Verification

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 14

    Case Discussion, Juan Garcia - Part 1

    • Lesson 13 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 15

    Case Discussion, Juan Garcia - Part 2

    • Lesson 14 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 16

    Case Discussion, Juan Garcia - Part 3

    • Lesson 15 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 17

    Report Writing

    • Lesson 16 Video

    • O'Brien, re Roy

    • James, re Sam

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 18


    • 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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