3 Hours | 3 CEs

This self-paced training program on Fordham Risk Screening Tool (FRST) is presented by Melodie Foellmi, PhD.

This program teaches clinicians and clinical researchers to use the Fordham Risk Screening Tool (FRST; Rosenfeld, Foellmi, Khadivi, & Rotter), a violence risk screening tool, in psychiatric settings. The purpose of the FRST is to help clinicians and front-line staff make efficient, accurate decisions surrounding violence risk screening, in a manner that reduces potential bias. It is especially useful in settings where it is not possible to do a comprehensive violence risk assessment on every patient.

The FRST is a short, Structured Professional Judgment instrument that guides the clinician to consider different areas relevant to violence risk screening. The screening is completed via a brief review of available records, a 2-10 minute interview with the patient, and a simple rating system using a flow-chart. Once the clinician has completed the FRST, he or she arrives at a decision surrounding the need for and urgency of conducting a more comprehensive violence risk assessment. The FRST is based on theoretical and empirical knowledge on violence risk assessment and screening decision-making, and has been the subject of validation work in several inpatient civil psychiatric settings. In past studies, the FRST consistently showed very high sensitivity and was able to help clinicians identify patients who were most likely to have HCR-20V3 risk ratings of moderate or high.

This program helps individuals to think about how the FRST could increase the accuracy and efficiency of decision-making surrounding violence risk screening and triage in their specific work setting. Emphasis will be based on practice, as well as integrating the FRST into different clinical situations.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Describe how to administer, score, and use the FRST in clinical decision-making surrounding violence risk screening

  • Describe the skills surrounding how to ask questions regarding violence

  • Describe scoring guidelines in a variety of different clinical scenarios

  • Describe how to apply the FRST in your own clinical practice as well as on a larger institutional level

  • Describe development and validation studies of the FRST

Presented By

Melodie Foellmi, PhD

Dr. Melodie Foellmi is Senior Clinical Director at Brooklyn EAC, which involves court monitoring of offenders with serious mental health issues, for the last four years. She earned her PhD in clinical psychology at Fordham University, where she was a therapist, intake clinician, and coordinator at Project SHARP, randomized controlled study evaluating empirically validated treatment for stalking offenders.
  • 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

    • FRST Manual

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 3

    The FRST

    • Lesson 2 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 4

    Step 1: Behavior, Threats & Thoughts

    • Lesson 3 Video

    • Coding Form

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 5

    Case Example- Violet

    • Lesson 4 Video

  • 6

    Case Example- Ronny

    • Lesson 5 Video

  • 7

    Step 2: Supplemental Questions

    • Lesson 6 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 8

    Case Example- James

    • Lesson 7 Video

  • 9

    Practice Case Examples- Chantel

    • Lesson 8 Video

  • 10

    Different Work Settings

    • Lesson 9 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 11


    • Instructions

    • Evaluation

    • Submission Verification

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