Evaluation of Risk for Sexual Violence using the SVR-20 V2

Evaluation of Risk for Sexual Violence using the SVR-20 V2


20 Hours | 20 CEs (CEUs)


Program Description

This self-paced professional training program on the Evaluation of Risk for Sexual Violence using the SVR-20 V2 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 will describe the Sexual Violence Risk-20 Version 2 (SVR-20 V2) and its administration procedures, focusing on its application to developing formulations (case conceptualizations) and management plans. Finally, participants practice the administration of the SVR-20 V2  in case studies.

This program is a self-paced Professional Training Program. The fee for this program is $500 and includes all materials and worksheets.  In addition, case studies and other case-relevant materials are provided for training purposes. Throughout the training program, there are quizzes that must be passed with a 70% in order to advance in the course. Once the course is completed participants will complete a course evaluation and then will be able to print their certificate of completion.

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 SVR-20 into their practice. This course is for beginner, intermediate, and advanced level clinicians.

Upon completion of this training program the trainee will 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 SVR-20 V2
– Describe the use of the SVR-20 V2 for developing case conceptualizations and management plans
– Demonstrate administration of the SVR-20 V2
– Describe the SVR-20 V2 through case studies

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 will describe SPJ guidelines and the Sexual Violence Risk-20 Version 2 (SVR-20 V2)

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 the Sexual Violence Risk-20 Version 2 (SVR-20 V2) and its administration procedures
– Applications
– Formulations
– Management plans

Continuing Education Credit

This Distance Learning Course is a Home Study Training Program. To earn CE’s, you will have to complete the course quizzes and evaluation for this Home Study Distance Learning Course. No partial credit is available. For this course, you will need to pass the course quizzes with 70% correct and complete a course evaluation form to earn the certificate. You can take the test as many times as necessary to pass. Participants will earn 20 CE hours 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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