HCR-20-V3 Case Study Series

September 25th - November 20th, 2020

HCR-20-V3 Case 5 live case review hosted by behavioral health continuing education provider CONCEPT in Palo Alto, CA

September 25 – Materials released

October 2 – Consultation session

October 9 – Case Review & Discussion

HCR-20-V3 Case 6 live case review hosted by LMHC CEU trainings provider CONCEPT in Palo Alto, CA

October 9 – Materials released

October 16 – Consultation session

October 23 – Case Review & Discussion

HCR-20-V3 Case 7 live case review hosted by behavioral health CEU provider CONCEPT in Palo Alto, CA

October 23 – Materials released

October 30 – Consultation session

November 6 – Case Review & Discussion

HCR-20-V3 Case 8 live case review hosted by behavioral health continuing education provider CONCEPT in Palo Alto, CA

November 6 – Materials released

November 13 – Consultation session

November 20 – 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 September 25th and November 20th, 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, an instructor at CONCEPT Continuing and Professional Studies at Palo Alto University in Palo Alto, CA

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, an instructor at CONCEPT Continuing and Professional Studies at Palo Alto University in Palo Alto, CA

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 Watt, an instructor at CONCEPT Continuing and Professional Studies at Palo Alto University in Palo Alto, CA

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.

HCR-20-V3 Case 5 live case review hosted by behavioral health continuing education provider CONCEPT in Palo Alto, CA

CASE 5 Higher Education (live sessions on 2 and 9 October 2020)

This case focuses on an adult male attending college in British Columbia, Canada. He was alleged to have recently posted pictures of explosive devices and various landmarks online that made members of the campus community fearful for their physical safety. You are tasked with completing a violence risk assessment to assist the college in deciding what steps, if any, must be taken to ensure the safety of members of the campus community. Register here. 

HCR-20-V3 Case 6 live case review hosted by LMHC CEU trainings provider CONCEPT in Palo Alto, CA

CASE 6 Workplace (live sessions on 16 and 23 October 2020)

This case focuses on an adult female conducting pharmaceutical research in a private sector organization in Toronto, Canada. She was alleged to have made threatening statements to coworkers regarding firearms and is suspected of suffering from mental health problems. You are tasked complete a violence risk assessment to assist the workplace in deciding what steps, if any, must be taken to ensure the safety of employees. Register here.

HCR-20-V3 Case 7 live case review hosted by behavioral health CEU provider CONCEPT in Palo Alto, CA

CASE 7 Higher Education (live sessions on 30 October and 6 November 2020)

This case focuses on an adult male working in the sanitation department at a local university in Mississauga, Canada. He was alleged to have made statements about gangs, hunting, firearms, and physical violence that made his coworkers and supervisors concerned for their physical safety and the safety of the campus community. You are tasked with completing a violence risk assessment to assist the university in deciding what steps, if any, must be taken to ensure the safety of members of the campus community. Register here.

HCR-20-V3 Case 8 live case review hosted by behavioral health continuing education provider CONCEPT in Palo Alto, CA

CASE 8 Workplace (live sessions on 13 and 20 November 2020)

This case focuses on an adult male in Alberta, Canada, who works in automobile manufacturing for the Canadian Armed Forces. He was alleged to have discussed weapons while at work, carried weapons to work, made weapons at work, and to have been physically violent toward his coworkers, and made his coworkers fearful for their physical safety. You are tasked to complete a violence risk assessment to assist the workplace in deciding what steps, if any, must be taken to ensure the safety of employees. Register here.