30 Hours | 30 CEs

This self-paced Master Course on Clinical and Forensic Applications of the Hare Psychopathy Checklist-Revised (PCL-R) and Psychopathy Checklist: Screening Version (PCL:SV) is presented by Stephen D. Hart, PhD.

The ability to assess psychopathic personality disorder (PPD) is an important requirement for clinical and forensic mental health professionals working in many settings. The Hare PCL-R and PCL:SV are widely regarded as the gold standard for assessing PPD, yet it is clear from experience in the field and recent research that these tools are not simple or easy to use. This course is designed to give practitioners the opportunity to develop and demonstrate a high level of expertise in the use of the PCL-R and PCL:SV.

Participants begin by learning the principles of administration and interpretation, then building related skills by completing and reviewing case studies. Next, participants develop the most effective ways to communicate their findings, both in writing and orally. Throughout, participants have the opportunity to examine critical issues related to the assessment of PPD using the PCL-R and PCL:SV. Participants are presented with a Certificate of Competence in the use of the PCL-R and PCL:SV.

This training program typically takes about 30 hours to complete and includes a review of the training videos, readings related to the PCL-R and PCL:SV, working through and scoring 4 case studies and reviewing the case discussions of each.

Pre-Requisite: Completion of a two-day basic (introductory, essentials) workshop in the use of the PCL-R or PCL:SV

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Describe and demonstrate the use of the PCL and PCL:SV

  • Describe the principles & challenges of administration and interpretation

  • Describe the empirical & theoretical foundation for the PCL and PCL:SV

  • Describe the similarities & differences between the PCL and PCL:SV

  • Describe which of the two tests is best used in different situations

  • Describe formulation in diagnostics & Violence Risk and Treatability

  • Describe recent research & Implication of PCL-R

  • Describe formulation in various topics

  • Describe Report Writing & Testimony

  • Describe how to effectively communicate findings, both orally and in writing

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

    • Psychopathy Checklists

  • 3

    Psychopathy as Personality Disorder

    • Lesson 2 Video

    • PCL-R Items

    • PCL:SV

  • 4

    PCL-R & PCL:SV

    • Lesson 3 Video

    • Assessment and Diagnosis of PPD

  • 5

    Administration & Interpretation

    • Lesson 4 Video

    • Malone Case Material

    • PCL:SV Case Submission

    • PCL-R Case Submission

  • 6

    Case Discussion: Malone

    • Lesson 5 Video

    • CAPP Model

  • 7

    Recent Research

    • Lesson 6 Video

    • Clinical and Forensic Issues in the Assessment of Psychopathy

  • 8

    Case Introduction: Ghacal

    • Lesson 7 Video

  • 9

    Interview: Ghacal

    • Lesson 8 Video

    • Ghacal Case Material

    • PCL:SV Case Submission

    • PCL-R Case Submission

  • 10

    Case Discussion: Ghacal

    • Lesson 9 Video

  • 11

    Diagnostic Formulation

    • Lesson 10 Video

  • 12

    Formulation of Violence Risk

    • Lesson 11 Video

  • 13

    Formulation of Treatability

    • Lesson 12 Video

    • Magnusson Case Material

    • PCL:SV Case Submission

    • PCL-R Case Submission

  • 14

    Case Discussion: Magnusson

    • Lesson 13 Video

    • Mr. Sabuktigin Case Material

    • PCL:SV Case Submission

    • PCL-R Case Submission

  • 15

    Case Discussion: Sabuktigin

    • Lesson 14 Video

    • Herbert Sample Case Report

    • Sam Sample Case Report

    • Rose Sample Case Report

    • Danko Sample Case Report

  • 16

    Communicating PCL Findings

    • Lesson 15 Video

  • 17

    Post-Training Questionnaire

    • Post-Training Questionnaire

  • 18

    Course Evaluation

    • Course Evaluation

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