8 Hours | 8 CEs

This HCR Practice case series on HCR-20 V3 Practice Cases is presented by Stephen Hart, PhD, Kelly Watt, PhD, and Brianne Layden, PhD.

This live webinar series focuses on four practice cases using the Historical-Clinical-Risk-Management-20 Version 3 (HCR-20 V3) to assess and manage violence risk. Each of the practice cases are derived from real, sanitized cases across correctional and forensic psychiatric settings. Participants will be able to sharpen and maintain their skills administering the HCR-20 V3 with the added opportunity of consulting with internationally recognized experts on each case. 

This practice case will include an overview of the HCR-20 V3, a self-directed case review and completion of the HCR-20 V3 worksheet, and case review / discussion over the course of 3 weeks. Participants should expect to devote approximately 2 to 4 hours each week to this case study series.

This case study will give participants an opportunity to practice administering the HCR-20 V3 with review from internationally recognized experts. Emphasis will be placed on how to rate the presence and relevance of each of the HCR-20 V3 items, how to formulate about past violence, how to scenario plan about future violence, how to develop case management strategies and tactics, and how to provide summary judgments about overall risk.

CASE #8- Workplace; Materials released October 8th; live sessions October 15th & 22nd.

October 8 – Case Review Materials will be made available. Review on your own time; begin to complete the HCR-20 v3 worksheet for the case.

October 15 – Live Consultation Session (10:00 AM – 11:00 AM PST) A chance to ask questions or clarifications regarding the case, scoring, etc.

October 22 – Live Case Review & Discussion (9:30 AM – 12:00 PM PST) Review of case ratings, conceptualization, formulation, scenario planning, and discussion of threat management planning.

Case #8 focuses on an adult male in Alberta, Canada, who works in automobile manufacturing for the Canadian Armed Forces. He was alleged to have discussed weapons while at work, carried weapons to work, made weapons at work, and to have been physically violent toward his coworkers, and made his coworkers fearful for their physical safety. You are tasked to complete a violence risk assessment to assist the workplace in deciding what steps, if any, must be taken to ensure the safety of employees.


HCR-20 V3

The HCR-20 (Version 2; Webster, Douglas, Eaves, & Hart, 1997) has become the world’s most widely used and best validated violence risk assessment and management instrument. It has been translated into 20 languages and adopted or evaluated in more than 35 countries. It helps professionals in diverse settings make decisions about who poses higher versus lower risk for violence, either within institutions or in the community, and to devise and monitor violence risk management plans.

Note: An electronic copy of the HCR-20-V3 Manual is provided for review so having a hard copy of the manual is not required to complete this training.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this program you will be able to:

  • Describe an overview of the administration of the HCR-20 V3

  • Describe structured professional judgement (SPJ) guidelines for the assessment and management of risk for general violence

  • Describe the rating, formulation, and conceptualization of risk for violence for Case #8

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.

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.

Brianne Layden, PhD

Dr. Brianne Layden obtained BA, MA, and PhD degrees in psychology at Simon Fraser University. She worked with the Forensic Psychiatric Services Commission of British Columbia, Canada, as a psychology assistant, and with the DBT Centre of Vancouver as a clinical extern from 2012 to 2016. She also worked as a Forensic Psychology Fellow at the University of Massachusetts Medical School from 2017 to 2018.
  • Intended Audience

    This live webinar is intended for mental health and other allied professionals.

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We are pround to partner with Protect International Risk and Safety Services for this training. Protect International's threat assessment professionals are internationally recognized experts that have developed some of the world's most widely used and best validated threat assessment tools. Protect International provides services and products related to violence risk assessment and management, also known as threat assessment and management. Protect International services and products include threat assessment training and support, case assessment and management, legal consultation, policy review and development, and program evaluation and research; along with threat assessment manuals, worksheets, licenses, and software applications for those tools.