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Assessing Psychopathy using the Hare Scales (PCL-R and PCL-SV)

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

20 hours | 20 CEs

This on-demand professional training program on Assessing Psychopathy using the Hare Scales (PCL-R and PCL-SV) is presented 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.

Psychopathic personality disorder is an important risk factor for violence. Additionally, it has relevance for treatment and risk management. The Psychopathy Checklist, Revised (PCL-R), is currently the best-validated measure of psychopathy. The use of the PCL-R has become widespread across many agencies; it provides a standard methodology for assessing this important risk factor. In particular, emphasis is given to the clinical information derived from the instrument and how that information can be used in risk violence formulation. Using a variety of teaching modalities, didactic, interactive, and practical exercises, this program introduces participants to the PCL-R. A video case is used to allow participants to administer, score, and interpret the PCL-R and PCL: SV (Screening Version) ratings and obtain feedback. The strengths and limitations of the PCL-R are discussed.

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 the empirical foundation for each of these forensic assessment instruments

Describe the theoretical foundation for each of these forensic assessment instruments

Describe the principles of administration

Describe the principles of interpretation

Describe related skills by analyzing and reviewing case studies

Describe the most effective ways to communicate their findings, both in writing and orally

Describe diagnostic formulation

Describe formulation of violence risk and treatability

Describe general diagnostic criteria for PD


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. Introduction to Psychopathy

2. Psychopathy

3. FAQs - Part 1

4. The Hare Scales

5. FAQs - Part 2

6. Administration & Interpretation

7. Recent Research

8. PCL-R & PCL:SV Items

9. Case Example 1

10. Case Example 2

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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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