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Advanced Issues in the Assessment of Risk for Violence: Formulation

Presented By Stephen D. Hart, PhD
Stephen D. Hart, PhD

20 hours | 20 CEs

This on-demand professional training program on Advanced Issues in the Assessment of Risk for Violence: Formulation was developed by Stephen D. Hart, PhD in partnership with Protect International Risk and Safety Services. This badge-earning program can be shared digitally on platforms like LinkedIn or your resume and counts towards a certificate. Enroll in this program to earn credit towards Violence Risk Assessment Certificate and share your new digital credentials with prospective employers and colleagues.

The practice of clinical risk assessment and management has changed greatly in the last five years. Predicting harmful outcomes in clients continues to be the first line of response by busy practitioners trying to prioritize large caseloads of demanding and potentially at-risk clients. However, recent research makes it clear that reliance on prediction models to manage individual risk is unsafe. There are a number of reasons why this is the case. Risk prediction tools make a comparison between an individual client and a group of research participants with a known rate of re-offending they do not predict harmful outcomes in individuals. Also, risk prediction does not facilitate risk formulation or individual risk management planning assessment using a risk prediction tool and does not encourage an understanding of why harmful outcomes are a possibility or the mechanism by which treatment, supervision, and monitoring processes can lead to managed risk.

Prerequisite: The prerequisite for this program is either the Foundations of Violence Risk Assessment and Management training program offered by CONCEPT or at least 4 days of foundational threat assessment and risk management training.

This program provides practitioners with a summary of the most up-to-date research findings relevant to violence and sexual violence, provides an overview of the most recent clinical guidance on risk assessment and management using a structured professional judgment approach, and gives practitioners the opportunity to advance their practice in respect of clinical interviewing skills, risk formulation, risk management planning, and risk communication through relevant exercises and case studies.

Intended Audience

This on-demand professional training program is intended for mental health and other allied professionals

Experience Level

This on-demand professional training program is appropriate for beginner, intermediate, and advanced level clinicians.

CE / CPD Credit

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Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this program you will be able to:

Describe important historical movements in the violence risk field that led to the development of the HCR-20 Version 3

Describe the reliance on prediction models used to manage individual risk

Describe the research on the assessment of violence

Describe the research on the assessment of sexual violence

Describe the most recent clinical guidance on risk assessment using a structured professional judgment approach

Describe the process for case formulation

Describe the process for risk scenarios

Describe the process of risk management formulations

Demonstrate clinical interview skills and risk formulation to actual case analysis

Demonstrate risk management planning and risk communications to actual case analysis


Presented By

Stephen D. Hart, PhD

Dr. Stephen D. Hart obtained BA, MA, and Ph.D. 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 served as a Visiting Professor in the Facult...


1. Case Formulation

2. The Anamnestic Approach

3. The SPJ Approach

4. Scenario Planning

5. Vantongeren Formulation Exercise

6. Walton Formulation Exercise

7. Case Study Discussion

8. Report Writing

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Program Partner

Protect International Risk and Safety Services

We are proud 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.

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