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Risk Formulation

Presented By Kelly A. Watt, PhD
Kelly A. Watt, PhD

1 hour | 1 CE

This on-demand professional training program on Risk Formulation is presented by Kelly A. Watt, PhD, in partnership with Protect International Risk and Safety Services.

Risk formulation is a critical step for guiding decision-making when assessing and managing violence risk. If we do not understand why someone engaged in violence in the past, it is difficult, if not impossible, to prevent that individual from engaging in future violence. Although the formulation process is considered a core competence in the practice of mental health, including forensic mental health, there are few explicit clinical guidelines for this skill and very little research evaluating this skill.

This program provides an overview of various approaches to formulation, focusing on a strategy of formulation that was explicitly developed for understanding the perpetuation of past violence. It does so by providing a structure for evaluating motivators, disinhibitors, and destabilizers for past violence. This approach to formulation is informed by decision theory and is used routinely in the Structured Professional Judgment model of violence risk assessment.

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 one of the core steps in Structured Professional Judgment

Describe the nature and implications of formulation

Describe formulation for understanding perpetration of past violence

Describe motivators, disinhibitors, and destabilizers for past violence


Presented By

Kelly A. Watt, PhD

Dr. Kelly A. Watt obtained her BA in psychology at Simon Fraser and her MA and Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She worked as a Psychology Fellow at Vancouver Coastal Health between 2008 and 2010. She currently works as Threat Assessment Specialist at Protect ...

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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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