This webinar on Diversity Issues in Violence Risk Assessment: Culture is presented by Dr. Stephen Hart. Culture influences violence in many ways. For example, there are substantial cross-cultural differences in the nature and prevalence of violence, in the presence and relevance of major risk factors for violence, and in social responses to violence. But what exactly is culture? How does it exert an influence on violence risk? And how should professionals assess a person’s culture and consider its potential significance in a given case? In this webinar, Dr. Hart begins by reviewing critical research and theory on cross-cultural aspects of violence risk. He then turns to practice, discussing simple steps professionals can take to address cultural issues. The focus of this webinar is on enhancing general competence with respect to culture, developing an analytical framework that can—and should—be used in every case. This is essential not only to maximize the effectiveness of our work related to violence risk assessment and management but to do so in a way that fulfills our ethical and legal duties to respect the dignity and human rights of the people affected by the services we deliver.
This webinar focuses on diversity issues in violence risk assessment.
- Research and Theory
- Addressing cultural issues
- General competence
This workshop is relevant for mental health professionals who conduct forensic evaluations or who intend to add forensic evaluation to their practice. This workshop is for beginner, intermediate, and advanced level clinicians.
Upon completion of this webinar, participants should be able to:
1. Describe the concept of culture.
2. Describe major cross-cultural differences in violence.
3. Describe theoretical perspectives on the role of culture in violence.
4. Describe how to evaluate a person’s culture.
5. Describe how to evaluate the potential relevance of a person’s culture to violence risk assessment and management.
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.
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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