An Introduction to Violence Risk/Threat Assessment: The State of the Field Webinar

An Introduction to Violence Risk/Threat Assessment: The State of the Field Webinar


1 Hour | 1 CE (CEU)


Program Description

This webinar on An Introduction to Violence Risk/Threat Assessment: The State of the Field is presented by Dr. Stephen Hart.

The practice of violence risk assessment and management, also known as threat assessment and management, has expanded rapidly over the past 20 years. In this webinar, Dr. Hart will map the terrain of the field as it exists today with respect to the distinctions (or lack thereof!) between violence risk assessment and management verses threat assessment management, the nature of violence risk/threat assessment, the theoretical and empirical foundations of violence risk/threat assessment, and the training and expertise of violence risk/threat assessment professionals around the world.

Upon completion of this webinar, participants should be able to:

  • Describe violence risk assessment/management versus threat assessment/management
  • Describe the theoretical and empirical foundations of violence risk/threat assessment
  • Describe the training and expertise of violence risk/threat assessment professionals around the world

About 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. He has co-authored more than 215 books, chapters, and articles. He has served as editor of two scientific journals; a member of the editorial board of six journals; and ad hoc reviewer for more than 30 journals. He served as executive committee member of several professional organizations, including President of the American Psychology-Law Society and the International Association of Forensic Mental Health Services. He has received various distinctions for his professional work, including the Career Achievement Award from the Society of Clinical Psychology, the Saleem Shah Award for Early Career Research Excellence in Psychology and Law from the American Psychology- Law Society and the American Academy of Forensic Psychology, and the Distinguished Achievement Award from the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals. In Canada, he has been qualified to give expert testimony before various courts, tribunals, and review boards, including the provincial courts of British Columbia and Ontario; the superior courts of Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, and Ontario; Federal Court; and the House of Commons Standing Committee on Justice and Legal Affairs.


Webinar Outline

  • Map terrain of field
  • Nature of violence risk assessment
  • Empirical foundations

Intended Audience

The webinar is appropriate for those new to the field of violence risk/threat assessment, as well as experienced professionals who are looking for an introduction to or refresher in the structured professional judgment approach to violence risk/threat assessment. This webinar is for beginner, intermediate, and advanced level clinicians.

Continuing Education Credit

This Distance Learning Recorded Webinar is an online Training Program. To earn CE’s, you will have to complete the webinar quiz and evaluation for this Distance Learning Recorded Webinar. No partial credit is available. For this webinar, you will need to pass the webinar quiz with 70% correct and complete a webinar evaluation form to earn the certificate. You can take the test as many times as necessary to pass. Participants will earn 1 CE hour for completion once they have completed these requirements. Each participant will be able to print their CE certificate immediately after completing and passing the post-test and evaluation.

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