LIVE: Use of Violence Risk Assessment to Guide Treatment Planning in Forensic Settings

April 11, 2024  |  9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Pacific

Presented By Mollimichelle (Cabeldue) McClendon, PhD | Lyndsay Brooks, PsyD
Mollimichelle (Cabeldue) McClendon, PhD Lyndsay Brooks, PsyD

April 11, 2024
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Pacific

3 Hours | 3 CEs

$175 Registration | Live Virtual Training via Zoom

Mollimichelle (Cabeldue) McClendon, PhD and Lyndsay Brooks, PsyD present a live virtual professional training program on Use of Violence Risk Assessment to Guide Treatment Planning in Forensic Settings.

Mental health professionals have long been essential in providing courts with insights into various mental health issues, particularly in assessing the potential risks individuals might pose to society. There are numerous situations that might necessitate a formal violence risk assessment, such as when determining whether someone should be released from a hospital, moved to less intensive supervision, included in diversion programs, assessed for workplace suitability, placed appropriately within a facility, or in other instances where there's a concern about an individual's potential threat to others. For forensic patients in inpatient treatment, a key factor for discharge is often their assessed risk level to others.

Inpatient clinicians play a crucial role in preparing patients for a safe community reintegration. This process is enhanced by the violence risk assessment, which not only provides risk estimates but also aids clinicians in identifying key treatment targets. Our workshop aims to explore how risk assessment can guide treatment professionals in formulating treatment plans that address the risk factors impeding discharge from inpatient care while also focusing on the patient's strengths and protective factors. The workshop emphasizes the broader applications of violence risk assessment in treatment planning and intervention beyond merely deciding on patient placement or discharge.

Participants in this training will gain practical skills for clinical and forensic inpatient settings. These skills will be useful for clinicians providing direct care and for forensic evaluators in making informed treatment recommendations during violence risk assessments and other forensic evaluations.

The program will blend lectures with case studies. The presenters will use a didactic approach, presenting various violence risk assessment methodologies, empirically-based risk factors linked to violence, and how risk assessments can directly influence treatment in inpatient forensic settings. We'll cover specific applications of this information, including its role in treatment planning for patients like those adjudicated Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity (NGRI). The discussion will include common risk factors affecting the discharge and re-hospitalization of forensic patients, along with evidence-based treatments for these risks (e.g., substance abuse, lack of insight). Case studies demonstrating how risk assessments have informed treatment plans in these settings will also be presented.

This intermediate-level training program is designed for licensed providers (e.g., psychologists, LPCs, LCSWs) working with forensic patients in various environments, such as state hospitals and secure forensic treatment facilities.

Intended Audience

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

Experience Level

This live program is appropriate for beginner, intermediate, and advanced level clinicians.

CE / CPD Credit

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Presented By

Mollimichelle (Cabeldue) McClendon, PhD

Mollimichelle (Cabeldue) McClendon, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist in Texas, Colorado, and Louisiana. She completed a forensic postdoctoral fellowship through Tulane School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences with clinical work at Eastern Louisiana Mental Health Syst...

Presented By

Lyndsay Brooks, PsyD

Lyndsay Brooks, Psy.D. is a psychologist licensed in the states of Texas and California. Dr. Brooks earned her doctorate degree in clinical psychology at Pepperdine University. She completed an APA-accredited internship with the Federal Bureau of Prisons and received her postdoctoral training in an ...

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this program you will be able to:

Identify relevant landmark cases that inform violence risk assessment

Describe types of violence risk assessment, including unstructured, actuarial, and structured professional judgment approaches

Describe major risk factors associated with violence and other negative outcomes (e.g., recidivism, elopement, vulnerability to harm, self-harm, and others)

Describe various risk factors that may impact treatment planning in general

Describe the use of risk assessment to guide treatment planning with NGRI acquitees specifically


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