Evaluation of Risk for Sexual Violence using the SVR-20 V2

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

20 hours | 20 CEs

This on-demand professional training program on Evaluation of Risk for Sexual Violence using the SVR-20 V2 is presented by Stephen Hart, PhD, in Partnership with Protect International Risk and Safety Services.

Sexual violence—and, in particular, the diversity of both sexual violence and the people who commit sexual violence—presents tremendous challenges for professionals responsible for assessment and treatment. Actuarial risk assessment methods, which focus on identifying risk levels based on statistical profiles, do little to assist in the identification of critical risk factors or the development of management plans in a given case.

In this program, Dr. Hart discusses the use of structured professional judgment (SPJ) guidelines in sexual violence risk assessment. He begins by reviewing the SPJ approach, highlighting its potential strengths with respect to developing case formulations and management plans. Next, he describes the Sexual Violence Risk-20 Version 2 (SVR-20 V2) and its administrative procedures, focusing on its application to developing formulations (case conceptualizations) and management plans. Finally, participants practice the administration of the SVR-20 V2 in 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 the SPJ approach to violence risk assessment

Describe the diversity of sexual violence

Describe diversity of people who commit sexual violence

Describe the challenges professionals face during assessment and treatment

Describe the risk levels based on statistical profiles

Describe the administration procedures for the SVR-20 V2

Describe the use of the SVR-20 V2 for developing case conceptualizations and management plans

Demonstrate administration of the SVR-20 V2

Describe the SVR-20 V2 through case studies


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

2. Risk Assessment and Management

3. Identifying Risk Factors

4. Risk Factors - Motivators

5. Risk Factors - Disinhibitors and Destabilizers

6. Combining Risk Factors

7. Actuarial Approaches

8. Structured Professional Judgement

9. SVR-20 Version 2

10. SVR-20 Version 2 - Step 1

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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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