20 hours | 20 CEs
This on-demand professional training program on the Evaluation of Risk for Violence using the HCR-20 Version 3 is presented by Stephen D. Hart, PhD, Kevin S. Douglas, PhD, LLB, and Laura Guy, PhD, in partnership with Protect International Risk and Safety Services.
The HCR-20 (Version 2; Webster, Douglas, Eaves, & Hart, 1997) is the most commonly used violence risk assessment measure across 44 different countries. It helps professionals in correctional, mental health, and forensic settings make decisions about who poses a higher versus lower risk for violence, either within institutions or in the community, and to devise and monitor violence risk management plans. The HCR-20 (Version 2) has been evaluated in more than 100 studies and implemented or evaluated in at least 32 countries. Version 3 of the HCR-20 (Douglas, Hart, Webster, & Belfrage, 2013) was released in 2013.
Version 3 maintains the basic features of Version 2 but has additional features that will help decision-makers to determine which risk factors are most relevant at the individual level, how to produce a meaningful case formulation, how to develop helpful risk management plans, and how to make decisions about the level of violence risk. Some items have been changed as well.
The participant is taken through the foundation for structured professional judgment, how to rate the presence and relevance of each of the HCR-20 Version 3 items, how to formulate risk scenarios, how to consider case management issues for the evaluee, and how to conceptualize and provide summary judgments regarding the evaluee’s overall risk
This program typically takes about 20 hours to complete and includes a review of the training videos, reading the HCR-20 Version 3 Manual, working through the case illustration, and scoring a clinical case using the HCR-20 Version 3.
This program focuses on the revised HCR-20 (now called HCR: V3) and describes why and how the HCR-20 was revised; how Version 3 differs from its predecessors; initial research validation of Version 3; what its risk factors are and how to rate them; and how to complete case formulation and risk management planning using Version 3.
Participants also have the opportunity to complete the HCR: V3 on a practice case. Professionals who do not have a solid foundation in threat assessment and risk management may wish to register for the Foundations of Violence Risk Assessment and Management training program before registering for this program, but this is not a requirement.
This on-demand professional training program is intended for mental health and other allied professionals
This on-demand professional training program is appropriate for beginner, intermediate, and advanced level clinicians.
Upon completion of this program you will be able to:
Describe important historical movements in the violence risk field that led to the development of the HCR-20 Version 3
Describe the strengths of actuarial and unstructured clinical prediction
Describe the weaknesses of actuarial and unstructured clinical prediction
Describe how Structured Professional Judgment (SPJ) differs from the actuarial clinical prediction
Describe how Structured Professional Judgment (SPJ) differs from the unstructured clinical prediction
Describe the importance of risk management in the SPJ approach
Describe how the HCR-20 Version 3 differs from the HCR-20 Version 2
Describe how the HCR-20 Version 3 improves upon from the HCR-20 Version 2
Describe how to formulate risk scenarios
Describe case management issues for the evaluee
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...
Kevin Douglas, PhD, LLB
Dr. Kevin S. Douglas received his law degree (LL.B.) in 2000 from the University of British Columbia and his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in clinical (forensic) psychology from Simon Fraser University. He spent three years on faculty at the University of South Florida in Tampa and has been on faculty ...
Laura Guy, PhD
Laura S. Guy obtained her BA in psychology at McGill University in Quebec, MA in clinical (forensic) psychology at Sam Houston State University in Texas, and Ph.D. in clinical (forensic) psychology at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia. She completed a two-year post-doctoral fellowship in f...
1. Overview and Introduction
2. Identifying Risk Factors
3. Conceptual Framework - Part 1
4. Conceptual Framework - Part 2
5. Combining Risk Factors
6. Structured Professional Judgement - Part 1
7. Structured Professional Judgement - Part 2
8. Introduction to the HCR-20
9. Development of the HCR-20 V3
10. Administration of HCR-20 V3
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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.