Assessing Psychopathy using the Hare Scales (PCL-R and PCL-SV)

Assessing Psychopathy using the Hare Scales (PCL-R and PCL-SV)


20 Hours | 20 CEs (CEUs)

Program Description

The self-paced training program on Assessing Psychopathy using the Hare Scales (PCL-R and PCL-SV) is presented by Dr. Stephen Hart.

Psychopathic personality disorder is an important risk factor for violence. Additionally, it has relevance for treatment and risk management. The Psychopathy Checklist, Revised (PCL-R) is currently the best-validated measure of psychopathy. The use of the PCL-R has become widespread across many agencies; it provides a standard methodology for assessing this important risk factor. In particular, an emphasis is given to the clinical information derived from the instrument and how that information can be used in risk violence formulation. Using a variety of teaching modalities didactic, interactive and practical exercises, this program introduces participants to the PCL-R. A video case is used to allow participants to administer, score and interpret the PCL-R and PCL:SV (Screening Version) ratings and obtain feedback. The strengths and limitations of the PCL-R are discussed.

The fee for this training program is $500 and includes all materials and worksheets.

Intended Audience

This training program is intended for psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, nurses and those in allied professions working in forensic mental health and correctional services in institutions and in the community. This training program is for beginner, intermediate, and advanced level clinicians.

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

  • Describe the empirical foundation for each of these forensic assessment instrument

  • Describe the theoretical foundation for each of these forensic assessment instrument

  • Describe the principles of administration
  • Describe the principles of interpretation

  • Describe related skills by analyzing and reviewing case studies

  • Describe the most effective ways to communicate their findings, both in writing and orally
  • Describe diagnostic formulation
  • Describe formulation of violence risk and treatability

    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.

    This course is excellent for professionals working in the forensic mental health field and correctional services. Participants will further their expertise in the Psychopathy Check List Revised (PCL-R) using didactic, interactive and practical exercises.


    Participants will learn the principles of the PCL-R and PCL:SV. Participants will also discuss the FAQ’s and recent research.

    Case Study

    Participants will learn to administer, score and interpret the PCL-R and PCL:SV and obtain feedback.


    Participants will discuss the formulation of violence risk and the strengths and limitations of the PCL-R and PCL:SV.

    “This was a fantastic training program! Dr. Hart is simply excellent and the case examples were very helpful. Thank you!” –Director of Psychological Services

    “This was an informative, thorough training program that provided a nice way to conceptualize psychopathy and that described in detail how to use and score the Hare Psychopathy scales. I will recommend this to my post-docs.” –Forensic Psychologist

    “Dr. Hart is an excellent instructor and provides detailed training on the use of the PCL-R and PCL:SV for the evaluation of psychopathy. His formulations are incredibly helpful for positioning these evaluations when testifying as an expert witness. Thank you!” –Correctional Psychologist

    Continuing Education Credit

    This Distance Learning Course is a Home Study Training Program. To earn CEs you are required to complete all course materials, quizzes, and the evaluation. No partial credit is available. A score of 70% is required to proceed; you will be able to re-take any quiz on which you score less than 70%. Participants will earn 20 CE hours upon completion of these requirements. Each participant will be able to download and print the CE certificate upon completion of the final evaluation.

    Board Approvals: APA, ASWB, CPA, NBCC. Click here for state and other regional board approvals.

    This course has also been approved by the British Psychological society for CPD credit.

    Your satisfaction with our programs, products and services is important to us; however, because these are immediately made available to you upon registration and payment, we do not issue refunds. Should you find that a particular program, product or service is not the right fit for you, we will assist you in crediting your registration towards another one of our offerings that might better suit you.

    We specialize in training groups — from a handful to hundreds — and are happy to contact you to discuss your group training needs.

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