20 Hours | 20 CEs

This self-paced training program on Short-Term Assessment of Risk and Treatability: Adolescent Version (START-AV) is presented by Jodi Viljoen, PhD and Keith Cruise, PhD.

The START:AV is a risk assessment guide for adolescents.  Rather than focusing on a single outcome (e.g., violence), the START:AV provides an integrative assessment of adolescents’ risks for, Harm to others and rule violations and Harm to the adolescent. Whereas many tools focus primarily on risk factors, the START:AV places a large emphasis on strengths in addition to vulnerabilities.

In addition, given that adolescence is a period of enormous change, the START:AV facilitates a dynamic approach by orienting professionals to strengths and vulnerabilities that are potentially modifiable. This training program focuses on providing participants with the skills needed to use the START:AV to assess strength, vulnerabilities, and risk.  In addition, the training program introduces participants to the use of the START:AV in intervention-planning. Throughout the training, there is a focus on working through case examples.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Describe an integrative assessment of adolescents’ risks for harm to others

  • Describe assessment of adolescents’ risks rule violations

  • Describe assessment of adolescents’ risks harm to the adolescent

  • Describe the START-AV in intervention-planning

  • Describe the role of static and dynamic strength risk factors in risk assessment

  • Describe the role of static and dynamic strength risk factors in risk management

  • Describe the strengths in client management and safety planning

  • Describe the vulnerabilities in client management and safety planning

  • Describe how to administer, interpret, and implement START assessments

  • 10. Describe the administration, interpretation, and implementation through case examples

Presented By

Jodi Viljoen, PhD

Dr. Jodi Viljoen, R. Psyc. is an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology at Simon Fraser University, an Associate Director of the Institute for the Reduction of Youth Violence. She is an author of a the Short-Term Assessment of Risk and Treatability (START:AV) and a risk reduction guide called the Adolescent Risk Reduction and Resilient Outcomes Work-Plan (ARROW).

Keith Cruise, PhD

Dr. Keith Cruise is an Associate Professor and Co-Director of the Clinical-Forensic Specialization in the Department of Psychology at Fordham University. He holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of North Texas and a Masters of Legal Studies degree from the University of Nebraska. Dr. Cruise conducts research on the clinical-forensic assessment of youth within the juvenile justice system. In his clinical practice, he has provided direct care assessment and treatment services with justice-involved youth, offered expert testimony to juvenile courts, and developed treatment protocols for this population.

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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

    Intro to the START:AV

    • Lesson 1 Video

    • START-AV Knowledge Guide, A Research Compendium

    • START-AV User Guide

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 3

    Overview of the START:AV

    • Lesson 2 Video

    • Summary Sheet

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 4

    Sebastian Items 1 - 6

    • Lesson 3 Video

    • Practice Case - Sebastian

    • Comprehensive Rating Form

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 5

    Sebastian Items 7 - 10

    • Lesson 4 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 6

    Sebastian Items 13 - 14

    • Lesson 5 Video

    • Relationships & Environment

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 7

    Sebastian Items 15 - 20

    • Lesson 6 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 8

    START:AV Outcomes

    • Lesson 7 Video

    • Summary Sheet

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 9

    Sebastian History & Future Risks

    • Lesson 8 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 10

    Case Example: Anna

    • Lesson 9 Video

    • Comprehensive Rating Form

  • 11

    Anna Items

    • Lesson 10 Video

    • Anna

  • 12

    Anna Strengths & Vulnerabilities

    • Lesson 11 Video

  • 13

    Plan Interventions

    • Lesson 12 Video

    • Intervention Plan

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 14

    Anna Intervention Plan

    • Lesson 13 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 15

    Anna Scenario Planning

    • Lesson 14 Video

    • Comprehensive Rating Form

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 16


    • Instructions

    • Evaluation

    • Submission Verification

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