40 Hours | 40 CEs

This self-paced training course on Foundations of Violence Risk Assessment and Management is presented by Kevin S. Douglas, PhD, LLB; Laura S. Guy, PhD and Stephen D. Hart, PhD.

This course provides professionals with general risk assessment and management principles and focuses on the most common forms of violence (e.g., general violence, sexual violence, intimate partner violence, stalking). It provides professionals with practical skills related to using specific risk assessment tools and knowledge about implementing violence risk assessment and management procedures.

The topics covered include foundational principles of violence risk assessment and management and the use of standardized, evidence-based procedures for risk assessment and management, including the HCR-20-V3, RSVP, SARA-V3, B-SAFER, and SAM. This Violence Risk Assessment and Management course are the only one in the field that has been subjected to systematic empirical research and evaluations indicate that the vast majority of participants recommend this course.

The course accommodates varying levels of experience in risk assessment, from beginner to advanced, and is relevant for professionals from diverse backgrounds, including investigative psychologists and senior police officers working with threat assessment departments, as well as clinical forensic psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, and nurses.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Describe the nature of violence and violence risk & the principles of violence risk assessment and management

  • Describe scenario planning approaches & the process of case formulation

  • Describe the literature regarding general or “typical” violence including that committed by people with mental health, personality, or substance use problems

  • Describe the use and administration of the Historical-Clinical-Risk Management-20 (HCR-20-V3)

  • Describe the literature regarding unwanted contact and communication, including physical violence, by people who are angry or obsessed

  • Describe the use and administration of the Guidelines for Stalking Assessment and Management (SAM)

  • Describe the literature regarding diverse forms of sexual violence towards intimate partners, family members, acquaintances and strangers

  • Describe the use and administration of the Spousal Assault Risk Assessment Guide (SARA-V3) & Brief Spousal Assault Form for the Evaluation of Risk (B-SAFER)

  • Describe the literature regarding violence against current or former intimate partners

  • Describe the use and administration of the Risk for Sexual Violence Protocol (RSVP)

Presented By

Kevin S. Douglas, PhD, LLB

Dr. Kevin S. Douglas received his law degree (LL.B.) in 2000 from the University of British Columbia, and his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in clinical (forensic) psychology from Simon Fraser University. He spent three years on faculty at the University of South Florida in Tampa, and has been on faculty at Simon Fraser University since 2004. He currently is Professor and Associate Chair, Department of Psychology, Simon Fraser University. He is also a Guest Professor of Applied Criminology at Mid-Sweden University, and a Senior Research Advisor at the University of Oslo.

Laura S. Guy, PhD

Dr. Laura S. Guy obtained her BA in psychology at McGill University in Quebec, MA in clinical (forensic) psychology at Sam Houston State University in Texas, and PhD in clinical (forensic) psychology at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia. She completed a two-year post-doctoral fellowship in forensic psychology at the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS). She has Board Certification in Forensic Psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology and is registered to practice psychology in Canada and the United States.

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

    1. General Principles

    • Course Overview & Introduction

    • Quiz #1a

    • Identifying Risk Factors

    • Quiz #1b

    • Conceptual Framework

    • Vantongeren Exercise

    • Quiz #1c

    • Conceptual Framework - Part 2

    • Quiz #1d

    • Combining Risk Factors

    • Quiz #1e

    • Structured Professional Judgement - Part 1

    • Quiz #1f

    • Structured Professional Judgement- Part 2

    • Quiz #1g

  • 3

    2. General Violence

    • Introduction to the HCR-20 v3

    • Quiz #1a

    • Development of HCR-20 v3

    • Quiz #1b

    • Administration of HCR-20 v3

    • Quiz #1c

    • Case Review: Mr. Huss

    • HCR-20 V3 Manual

    • HCR-20 Annotated Bibliography

    • Case Materials: Mr. Huss

    • Submission Directions

    • HCR-20 - Huss Case Worksheet Submission

    • Submission Verification

    • Case Discussion

  • 4

    3. Stalking Behavior

    • Introduction to the SAM

    • Quiz #1a

    • Special Issues

    • Quiz #1b

    • Case Review- Mr. Webb

    • SAM Manual

    • Case Materials: Mr. Webb

    • Submission Directions

    • SAM - Webb Case Workshet Submission

    • Submission Verification

    • Case Discussion: Rating Relevance

    • Case Discussion: Rating Risk Factors

  • 5

    4. Intimate Partner Violence

    • Introduction to Intimate Partner Violence

    • Quiz #1a

    • The SARA-V3

    • Quiz #1b

    • Lethality Factors

    • Quiz #1c

    • SARA-V3 Manual

    • B-SAFER Manual

    • Case Materials: Ms. Smitho

    • Submission Directions

    • SAM - Smitho Case Worksheet Submission

    • Submission Verification

    • Case Discussion: Rating Relevance

    • Case Discussion: Rating Risk Factors

  • 6

    5. Sexual Violence

    • Sexual Violence Introduction

    • Quiz #1a

    • The RSVP

    • Case Materials: Markoff

    • Submission Directions

    • RSVP - Markoff Case Worksheet Submission

    • Submission Verification

    • RSVP Manual

    • Quiz #1b

    • Case Discussion- Mr. Markoff

  • 7

    Course Evaluation

    • Evaluation

    • Submission Verification

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