20 Hours | 20 CEs

This self-paced training program on Interviewing Skills for Violence Risk Assessment and Management is presented by Kelly A. Watt, PhD.

The quality of violence risk assessment and management plan depends heavily on the quality of the information on which it is based. Interviews are an essential component of the information base for a violence risk assessment and the information collected through an interview serve to inform both findings and opinions. At the same time, good interviewing skills can also serve as an important intervention strategy related to managing the risk of a perpetrator or increasing the safety of a victim.

This course focuses on reviewing foundational issues related to conducting a violence risk assessment and management interviews and provides a discussion of various styles, techniques, and questions that can be used to gather data during a clinical interview. The course also focuses on special issues that arise within this context including current mental status, mental disorder, violent thoughts, and malingering. Participants are given an opportunity to build their skills in this area through practice cases.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Describe the purpose of violence risk assessment and management interviews

  • Describe how to determine timing & location of violence risk assessment and management interviews

  • Describe the process of violence risk assessment and management interviews

  • Describe the underlying assumptions and theory of violence risk assessment and management interviews

  • Describe the preparation and structure of a violence risk assessment and management interviews

  • Describe core components of obtaining consent & establishing rapport for violence risk assessment and management interviews

  • Describe options related to recording violence risk assessment and management interviews

  • Describe possible reactions to violence risk assessment and management interviews

  • Describe the relevance and importance of mental disorder, violent thoughts, and malingering when conducting a violence risk assessment and management interview

  • Describe assessment tactics and management tactics for mental disorder, violent thoughts, and malingering when conducting violence risk assessment and management interviews

Presented By

Kelly A. Watt, PhD

Dr. Kelly A. Watt works as a Threat Assessment Specialist at Protect International and is a member of the Mental Health, Law, and Policy Institute at Simon Fraser University in Canada. Dr. Watt is the editor of the Intelligence newsletter which is disseminated on behalf of threat assessment professional associations in the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia Pacific, and that provides recent advances in research, practice, and the law related to threat assessment around the globe.

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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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Curriculum

  • 1

    Welcome

    • Review Before Proceeding

  • 2

    Course Overview

    • Lesson 1 Video

  • 3

    Foundational Issues

    • Lesson 2 Video

    • Sample Collateral Interview

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 4

    More on Where

    • Lesson 3 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 5

    More on How

    • Lesson 4 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 6

    Invitations Sample Case BIRCH

    • Lesson 5 Video

    • Sample Evaluee Invitation

    • Sample Collateral Script

  • 7

    Structure of the Interview

    • Lesson 6 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 8

    Consent

    • Lesson 7 Video

    • Sample Evaluee Consent

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 9

    Rapport, Recording, and Reactions

    • Lesson 8 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 10

    Special Issues

    • Lesson 9 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 11

    Special Issues p2

    • Lesson 10 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 12

    Sample Interviews

    • Lesson 11 Video

  • 13

    Sample Interviews p2

    • Lesson 12 Video

  • 14

    Interview Template

    • Lesson 13 Video

    • Sample Collateral Interview

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 15

    Develop Interview Template

    • Lesson 14 Video

    • Mr. Webb

    • Mr. Forster

    • Mr. Corrado

  • 16

    Role Play Exercise 1- Part 1

    • Lesson 15 Video

  • 17

    Role Play Exercise 1- Part 2 and discussion

    • Lesson 16 Video

  • 18

    Role Play Exercise 2- Part 1

    • Lesson 17 Video

  • 19

    Role Play Exercise 2- Part 2 and discussion

    • Lesson 18 Video

  • 20

    Risk Communication

    • Lesson 19 Video

    • Sample Collateral Debrief

    • Case Report - Mr. Webb

    • Case Report - Mr. Corrado

    • Case Report - Mr Forster

    • Case Report - Mr. Birch

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 21

    Course Evaluation

    • Course Evaluation

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