This self-paced training course on Foundations of Violence Risk Assessment and Management is presented by Drs. Kevin Douglas, Laura Guy, and Stephen Hart.
This course provides professionals with general risk assessment and management principles and focuses on the most common forms of violence (e.g., general violence, sexual violence, intimate partner violence, stalking). It provides professionals with practical skills related to using specific risk assessment tools and knowledge about implementing violence risk assessment and management procedures.
The topics covered include foundational principles of violence risk assessment and management and the use of standardized, evidence-based procedures for risk assessment and management, including the HCR-20-V3, RSVP, SARA-V3, B-SAFER, and SAM. This Violence Risk Assessment and Management course are the only one in the field that has been subjected to systematic empirical research and evaluations indicate that the vast majority of participants recommend this course.
The course accommodates varying levels of experience in risk assessment, from beginner to advanced, and is relevant for professionals from diverse backgrounds, including investigative psychologists and senior police officers working with threat assessment departments, as well as clinical forensic psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, and nurses.
The fee for this training program is $1500 and includes all materials.
This course is relevant for professionals who want to obtain skills in risk assessment and management, including those working in criminal justice, security, health care, social service, education, and human resources settings. This training program is for beginner, intermediate, and advanced level clinicians.
About our Presenters
Dr. Kevin S. Douglas received his law degree (LL.B.) in 2000 from the University of British Columbia, and his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in clinical (forensic) psychology from Simon Fraser University. He spent three years on faculty at the University of South Florida in Tampa, and has been on faculty at Simon Fraser University since 2004. He currently is Professor and Associate Chair, Department of Psychology, Simon Fraser University. He is also a Guest Professor of Applied Criminology at Mid-Sweden University, and a Senior Research Advisor at the University of Oslo. He received a Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Career Scholar Award (2005-2010), and was the recipient of the Saleem Shah Award for Early Career Excellence in Psychology and Law (2005), awarded jointly by the American Psychology-Law Society and the American Academy of Forensic Psychology. Dr. Douglas has authored over 150 journal articles, books, or book chapters.
He has given over 150 invited presentations or workshops across 12 countries. His research and professional activities include violence risk assessment and management, the association between various mental and personality disorders (i.e., psychosis; psychopathy) and violence, and dynamic (changeable, treatment-relevant) risk factors, in both youth and adults. He is co-author of the Historical-Clinical-Risk Management-20 (HCR-20) violence risk assessment measure, which has been translated into 20 languages and is the most broadly used violence risk assessment measure around the world (roughly 35 countries) in correctional, forensic, and psychiatric settings. Its purpose is to help guide decisions about violence potential and how to reduce it. Dr. Douglas is lead author on the latest (third) revision of the HCR-20, published in 2013. His work has been funded, to the amount of approximately $5,000,000, by the National Science Foundation in the US, and, in Canada, by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Canadian Institutes of Health Research, and the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research.
Dr. Laura S. Guy obtained her BA in psychology at McGill University in Quebec, MA in clinical (forensic) psychology at Sam Houston State University in Texas, and PhD in clinical (forensic) psychology at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia. She completed a two-year post-doctoral fellowship in forensic psychology at the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS). She has Board Certification in Forensic Psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology and is registered to practice psychology in Canada and the United States. As part of a team at Protect International, she conducts workplace violence risk assessments and is a psychologist with the Forensic Psychiatric Services Commission of British Columbia. She was on faculty in the Department of Psychiatry at UMMS from 2009 to 2015 and currently is Adjunct Professor at Simon Fraser University.
She is active in research, having received research grants from federal agencies in the United States and Canada and is the (co)author of over 150 articles, chapters, reports, manuals, and presentations. She is active in professional organizations, serving as Senior Editor of Journal of Threat Assessment and Management; ad hoc reviewer for more than 17 journals, as well as several granting agencies; and a board or executive committee member of several professional organizations, including Business Secretary of the Canadian Association of Threat Assessment Professionals. She has consulted with and provided training workshops for mental health, law enforcement, probation, corrections, and legal professionals in North America, Europe, and the Asia Pacific region.
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.
The topics covered will include foundational principles of violence risk assessment and management and the use of standardized, evidence-based procedures for risk assessment and management, including the HCR-20-V3, RSVP, SARA-V3, B-SAFER, and SAM.
Principles of violence risk assessment and management
Participants will learn topics including: the nature of violence and violence risk; principles of violence risk assessment, focusing on Structured Professional Judgment (SPJ) approaches; principles of violence risk management, and a focus on scenario planning approaches.
Assessing and managing risk for general violence
Participants will learn about the literature regarding general or “typical” violence, including that committed by people with mental health, personality, or substance use problems; and discuss the use and administration of the Historical-Clinical-Risk Management-20 (HCR-20 V3)
Assessing and managing risk for stalking
Participants will learn about the literature regarding unwanted contact and communication, including physical violence, by people who are angry or obsessed; and will learn about the use and administration of the Guidelines for Stalking Assessment and Management (SAM)
Assessing and managing risk for intimate partner violence
Participants will learn about the literature regarding violence against current or former intimate partners, one of the most common and dangerous forms of violence; and will learn how to use and administration of the Spousal Assault Risk Assessment Guide (SARA-V3) and the Brief Spousal Assault Form for the Evaluation of Risk (B-SAFER)
Assessing and managing risk for sexual violence
Participants will learn about the literature regarding diverse forms of sexual violence towards intimate partners, family members, acquaintances and strangers; and describe the use and administration of the Risk for Sexual Violence Protocol (RSVP)
Here are what others are saying about this course:
“This is a VERY informative course that focuses on multiple different types of violence. I learned A LOT of very useful information that I can directly apply to my work as an NYPD Officer. Thank you.” –Police Officer (NYPD)
“Thank you for this comprehensive training program on violence. The presenters were simply excellent and the use of case studies throughout made it easy to apply the information they were teaching to real life cases.” –Social Worker (LCSW)
“I completed this course as part of my preparation for certification as a risk evaluator and found it to be even more helpful than the assigned readings for the certification process. Thank you! I loved the thorough coverage of various types of violence and tools used to assess risk factors relevant to each type. The case studies were super helpful and one of the best training methods for understanding this material. I will definitely recommend this course to others.”
–Registered Psychologist Canada (PhD)
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 40 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.
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