PCL-R and PCL:SV Master Course

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

30 hours | 30 CEs

This on-demand professional training program on Clinical and Forensic Applications of the Hare Psychopathy Checklist-Revised (PCL-R) and Psychopathy Checklist: Screening Version (PCL:SV) Master Course is presented by Stephen D. Hart, PhD, in partnership with Protect International Risk and Safety Services.

The ability to assess psychopathic personality disorder (PPD) is an important requirement for clinical and forensic mental health professionals working in many settings. The Hare PCL-R and PCL: SV are widely regarded as the gold standard for assessing PPD, yet it is clear from experience in the field and recent research that these tools are not simple or easy to use. This program gives practitioners the opportunity to develop and demonstrate a high level of expertise in the use of the PCL-R and PCL: SV.

Participants learn the principles of administration and interpretation, then build related skills by completing and reviewing case studies. Next, participants develop the most effective ways to communicate their findings, both in writing and orally. Participants have the opportunity to examine critical issues related to the assessment of PPD using the PCL-R and PCL: SV.
Participants are presented with a Certificate of Competence in the use of the PCL-R and PCL: SV.
This program typically takes about 30 hours to complete and includes a review of the training videos, readings related to the PCL-R and PCL: SV, working through and scoring 4 case studies, and reviewing the case discussions of each.

Pre-Requisite: Completion of a two-day basic (introductory, essentials) program in the use of the PCL-R or PCL:SV.

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 and demonstrate the use of the PCL and PCL:SV

Describe the principles & challenges of administration and interpretation

Describe the empirical & theoretical foundation for the PCL and PCL:SV

Describe the similarities & differences between the PCL and PCL:SV

Describe which of the two tests is best used in different situations

Describe formulation in diagnostics & Violence Risk and Treatability

Describe recent research & Implication of PCL-R

Describe formulation in various topics

Describe report writing & testimony

Describe how to effectively communicate findings, both orally and in writing


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. Psychopathy as Personality Disorder

3. PCL-R and PCL-SV

4. Administration & Interpretation

5. Case Discussion: Malone

6. Recent Research

7. Case Introduction: Ghacal

8. Interview: Ghacal

9. Case Discussion: Ghacal

10. Diagnostic Formulation

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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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