Evaluation of Risk for Sexual Violence using the RSVP

Evaluation of Risk for Sexual Violence using the RSVP


20 Hours | 20 CEs (CEUs)

Program Description

This self-paced training program on Evaluation of Risk for Sexual Violence using the Risk for Sexual Violence Protocol (RSVP) is presented by Dr. Stephen Hart.

Sexual violence—and, in particular, the diversity of both sexual violence and the people who commit sexual violence—presents tremendous challenges for professionals responsible for assessment and treatment. Actuarial risk assessment methods, which focus on identifying risk level based on statistical profiles, do little to assist identification of critical risk factors or the development of management plans in a given case. In this course, Dr. Hart discusses the use of structured professional judgment (SPJ) guidelines in sexual violence risk assessment. He begins by reviewing the SPJ approach, highlighting its potential strengths with respect to developing case formulations and management plans. Next, he describes the Risk for Sexual Violence Protocol (RSVP) and its administration procedures, focusing on the application to developing formulations (case conceptualizations) and management plans. Finally, participants practice the administration of the RSVP in case studies.

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

Intended Audience

This course is relevant for diverse professionals including (but not limited to) mental health professionals, health care, criminal justice, victim services, security, social service, education, and human resources who are interested in sexual violence risk assessment or considering implementing the RSVP into their practice. This course is for beginner, intermediate, and advanced level clinicians.

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


  • Describe the SPJ approach to violence risk assessment
  • Describe the diversity of sexual violence
  • Describe diversity of people who commit sexual violence
  • Describe the challenges professionals face during assessment and treatment
  • Describe the risk levels based on statistical profiles
  • Describe the administration procedures for the RSVP
  • Describe the use of the RSVP for developing case conceptualizations and management plans
  • Demonstrate administration of the RSVP
  • Describe the RSVP through case studies
  • About Dr. Stephen Hart


    Dr. Stephen Hart Interview from Patricia Zapf on Vimeo.

    Dr. Stephen 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 will describe SPJ guidelines and the use of the Risk for Sexual Violence Protocol (RSVP)


    Participants will learn about the use of structured professional judgement (SPJ) guidelines in sexual violence risk assessment
    – SPJ approach
    – Strengths
    – Case Formulations
    – Management plans


    Participants will learn about SPJ guidelines, Risk for Sexual Violence Protocol (RSVP), and its administration procedures
    – Applications
    – Formulations
    – Management plans

    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.

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