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 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:
Describe the concept of culture
Describe major cross-cultural differences in violence
Describe theoretical perspectives on the role of culture in violence
Describe how to evaluate a person’s culture
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.
This webinar focuses on diversity issues in violence risk assessment.
Research and Theory
Addressing cultural issues
Continuing Education Credit
This Distance Learning Recorded Webinar 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 1 CE hour upon completion of these requirements. Each participant will be able to download and print the CE certificate upon completion of the final evaluation.
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