HCR-20-V3 Case Study Series

May 1st - June 26th, 2020

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May 1 – Materials released

May 8 – Consultation session

May 15 – Case Review & Discussion

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May 15 – Materials released

May 22 – Consultation session

May 29 – Case Review & Discussion

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May 29 – Materials released

June 5 – Consultation session

June 12 – Case Review & Discussion

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June 12 – Materials released

June 19 – Consultation session

June 26 – Case Review & Discussion

HCR-20-V3 Case Study Series

This is a live webinar case review series on HCR-20 V3 Practice Cases presented by Drs. Stephen Hart, Kelly Watt, and Brianne Layden between May 1st and June 26th, 2020.

This webinar series focus will focus on four practice cases using the Historical-Clinical-Risk-Management-20 Version 3 (HCR-20 V3) to assess and manage violence risk. Each of the practice cases are derived from real, sanitized cases across correctional and forensic psychiatric settings. Participants will be able to sharpen and maintain their skills administering the HCR-20 V3 with the added opportunity of consulting with internationally recognized experts on each case.

Each practice case will include an overview of the HCR-20 V3, self-directed case review, consultation and case discussion with Drs. Stephen Hart, Kelly Watt, and Brianne Layden. Participants have the option of doing one practice case or all four practice cases.

Each Case in the Series includes the following:

Week 1

Materials are released; participants will review the video training modules where Dr. Stephen Hart presents an overview of the administration of the HCR-20 V3, with a focus on best practices and challenging issues, review the case materials as well as the HCR-20 V3 Manual and work on completing the HCR-20 V3 extended worksheet (approx. 2.5 hrs to review training materials, manual, case study)

Week 2

Drs. Stephen Hart, Kelly Watt or Brianne Layden will host a live 1-hr consultation session to answer any questions you may have while working on the case; this is a great opportunity to ask questions, obtain clarifications, and engage with the experts about the case (approx. 3 hrs to attend consultation & complete extended worksheet)

Week 3

Drs. Stephen Hart, Kelly Watt or Brianne Layden will facilitate a live 2.5-hr case discussion and review of gold standard ratings for the case; this is a great opportunity to discuss case ratings, conceptualization, formulation, and threat management issues (2.5 hr case review)

CE Credit: Each Case Study will take approximately 8 hours to complete and provides 8 hours of Continuing Education credit for psychologists, counselors, social workers, and other allied professionals.

Live Sessions: Weeks 2 & 3 include live sessions with the experts. These sessions will be recorded and added to the course materials page for all participants. Those who are unable to attend a live session can complete the materials and review that session on their own time.

Case Conceptualization & Consultation: For graduate students, interns, externs, and other trainees these sessions may count as hours towards developing core competencies.

Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion of this training program, participants will be able to:

  • Describe an overview of the administration of the HCR-20 V3
  • Describe structured professional judgement (SPJ) guidelines for the assessment and management of risk for general violence
  • Apply the HCR-20 V3 to actual cases

HCR-20 V3

The HCR-20 (Version 2; Webster, Douglas, Eaves, & Hart, 1997) has become the most world’s most widely used and best validated violence risk assessment and management instrument. It has been translated into 20 languages and adopted or evaluated in more than 35 countries. It helps professionals in diverse settings make decisions about who poses higher versus lower risk for violence, either within institutions or in the community, and to devise and monitor violence risk management plans.

Note: An electronic copy of the HCR-20-V3 Manual is provided for review so having a hard copy of the manual is not required to complete this training.

Our Instructors

The instructors–Drs. Stephen Hart, Kelly Watt, and Brianne Layden–are internationally recognized experts, prolific authors, and engaging presenters. They have been involved in developing, implementing, and evaluating risk assessment procedures internationally. They are passionate about providing evidence-based understanding, knowledge, and skills for risk assessment and management that professionals can apply in practice.

Dr. Brianne Layden

Dr. Brianne Layden obtained BA, MA, and PhD degrees in psychology at Simon Fraser University. She worked with the Forensic Psychiatric Services Commission of British Columbia, Canada, as a psychology assistant, and with the DBT Centre of Vancouver as a clinical extern from 2012 to 2016. She also worked as a Forensic Psychology Fellow at the University of Massachusetts Medical School from 2017 to 2018.

Dr. Stephen Hart

Dr. Stephen D. Hart obtained BA, MA, and PhD 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 has been a Visiting Professor in the Faculty of Psychology at the University of Bergen in Norway since 2000. His expertise is in the field of clinical-forensic psychology, with a special focus on the assessment of violence risk and psychopathic personality disorder

Dr. Kelly A. Watt obtained her BA in psychology at Simon Fraser and her MA and PhD 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 International and a Workplace Consultant at Competence Center Bergen.

Case Study Series

The practices cases below will give participants an opportunity to practice administering the HCR-20 V3 in consultation with internationally recognized experts. Emphasis will be placed on how to rate the presence and relevance of each of the HCR-20 V3 items, how to formulate about past violence, how to scenario plan about future violence, how to develop case management strategies and tactics, and how to provide summary judgments about overall risk. Dr. Stephen Hart will provide an overview of the administration of the HCR-20 V3, with a focus on best practices and challenging issues.

CASE 1 (Correctional)

This case focuses on an adult male currently being held at a correctional facility. The evaluee was convicted of first-degree murder and was a juvenile at the time he committed the crime. You are tasked with completing a violence risk assessment for his upcoming re-sentencing hearing. Register here. 

CASE 2 (Forensic Psychiatric)

This case focuses on an adult male currently held in a forensic psychiatric facility. The evaluee was found Not Criminally Responsible on account of Mental Disorder (NCRMD; equivalent of Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity) in relation to charges of assault and assault with a weapon as a youth. You are tasked with completing a violence risk assessment for his upcoming Review Board hearing. Register here.

CASE 3 (Correctional)

This case focuses on an adult male currently held at a correctional facility. The evaluee was convicted of rape (two counts), assault causing bodily harm, and break and enter when he was an adult. You are tasked with conducting a violence risk assessment for his upcoming Parole Board hearing. Register here.

CASE 4 (Forensic Psychiatric)

This case focuses on an adult male currently held at a forensic psychiatric facility. The evaluee was found Not Criminally Responsible on account of Mental Disorder (NCRMD; equivalent of Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity) on two counts of uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm. You are tasked with completing a violence risk assessment for his upcoming Review Board hearing. Register here.