Comparing Two Primary Methods for Assessing and Managing Violence Risk: Actuarial v SPJ

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

1.5 hours | 1.5 CEs

This on-demand professional training program on Comparing two Primary Methods for Assessing and Managing Violence Risk: Actuarial v SPJ is presented by Stephen D. Hart, PhD, in partnership with Protect International Risk and Safety Services.

Largely in reaction to the problems with unstructured professional judgment when assessing and managing violence risk, two primary methods of structuring violence risk assessment have been developed over the last twenty-five years. Both approaches have been the focus of extensive research and have been implemented in diverse settings worldwide.

In the first method, actuarial risk assessment, information is weighted and combined according to fixed and explicit rules. In the second method, structured professional judgment (SPJ), data are weighted and combined according to guidelines and professional discretion.
On the surface, these methods differ concerning the degree of structure imposed on the assessment process. But in practice, there is a tremendous debate about the intended purpose of these methods, how they are implemented in practice and their effectiveness in preventing violence. This program provides an overview of the differences between these methods and the implications of these differences for both practice and the law.

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.

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Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this program you will be able to:

Describe the two primary methods for assessing and managing violence risk

Describe the implications of using these two methods in practice and law


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...

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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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