10 Hours | 10 CEs

This self-paced training program on Introduction Violence Risk/Threat Assessment and Management in Police and Public Safety Psychology is presented by Stephen D. Hart, PhD.

Violence risk is a critical issue in policing and public safety psychology. In operational contexts, the concern is violence risk posed by persons of interest who are under investigation or who have been arrested for, charged with, or convicted of offenses. In organizational contexts, the concern is the violence risk posed toward police and public safety professionals by persons of interest, or even the violence risk posed by those professionals toward coworkers or members of the public. Regardless, the key question what kinds of harm might someone perpetrate, against which victims, at which times or locations – and, most importantly, what steps could be taken to mitigate the risks posed and prevent violence?

Dr. Hart provides an overview of violence risk assessment and management, also known as threat assessment and management, including key concepts and general principles. He also describes and differentiates two types of assessment: triage, a rapid sorting and prioritization of cases to identify those in need of immediate attention; and comprehensive violence risk assessment, an evaluation to develop more detailed, long-term management plans. Finally, he discusses the steps necessary to support best practices in violence risk/threat assessment and management in policing and public safety psychology, including education, training, policies, and procedures. Throughout this course, Dr. Hart illustrates important points using case vignettes from his 35 years of experience working with law enforcement, corrections, national security, and other public safety professionals.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Describe the relevance of violence risk/threat assessment and management to the practice of policing and public safety psychology

  • Describe key concepts and general principles related to the practice of violence risk/threat assessment and management

  • Describe differences in violence risk triage and comprehensive violence risk assessment

  • Describe the education, training, policies, and procedures necessary to support best practices in violence risk/threat assessment and management in policing and public safety organization

  • Demonstrate the concepts discussed in the workshop in their own work

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.
  • 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


    • Lesson 2 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 4


    • Lesson 3 Video

    • Triage Worksheet

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 5

    Four Approaches to VR/TA

    • Lesson 4 Video

    • Communication SPJ framework

    • Evaluating Threat for PO

    • SARA for Assessing PO

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 6

    Case Study

    • Lesson 5 Video

    • Multicultural guidelines

  • 7

    Best Practices

    • Lesson 6 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 8

    Cultures in VRA and Management

    • Lesson 7 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 9


    • Lesson 8 Video

    • Annual Report of the Office of the Correction Investigator

    • Culture & Violence Risk Asessment

  • 10

    Course Evaluation

    • Evaluation

    • Submission Verification

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