Lethality Assessment Webinar

Lethality Assessment Webinar


1 Hour | 1 CE (CEU)

Program Description

This webinar on Lethality Assessment is presented by Dr. Stephen Hart.

Those conducting a violence risk assessment and management are always, perhaps mostly, concerned about severe outcomes such as lethal or near-lethal violence. Models and methods that can be used to evaluate and reduce the risk for lethal events are provided in this webinar. Risk factors commonly associated with severe or lethal violence, and existing tools such as the Danger Assessment and the Spousal Assault Risk Assessment Guide, which are commonly used in intimate partner violence (IPV) cases, are described.

The webinar also presents a model of assessment that considers three primary facets of the lethal situation: Acute Conflict, Capacity for Serious Violence, and Severe Disinhibition. Case studies are used to illustrate how this model can be applied to targeted forms of violence involving mentally disordered offenders, IPV perpetrators, stalkers and those engaged in so-called “honor-based” violence.

The fee for this training program is $100.

Intended Audience

This webinar is intended for professionals that want to enhance their understanding in threat assessment and risk management, including those working in criminal justice, security, health care, social service, education, and human resources settings. This webinar is for beginner, intermediate, and advanced level clinicians.

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

  • Describe risk factors commonly associated with lethal or near-lethal violence
  • Describe existing risk assessment tools that can be used for assessing lethality
  • Describe a model of lethality assessment that can be applied to diverse violent offenders
  • Describe methods for reducing or preventing lethal violence

About Dr. Stephen Hart


Dr. Stephen Hart obtained his PhD in clinical psychology at the University of British Columbia in 1993. He currently holds positions as Professor in the Department of Psychology at Simon Fraser University and Visiting Professor in the Faculty of Psychology at the University of Bergen. 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 received grants totaling more than CAD $2 million; authored and co-authored more than 180 books, chapters, and articles, and more than 400 conference presentations. His manuals and guidelines on the assessment of violence risk and psychopathic personality disorder have been translated into more than two dozen languages and are used around the world. He was Co-Editor and later Editor of the International Journal of Forensic Mental Health from 2001 to 2011, and in 2012 was appointed Editor of the new Journal of Threat Assessment and Management.

He is a member of the editorial board of five other journals, and an ad hoc reviewer for more than 30 other journals, as well as numerous granting agencies. He was President of the American Psychology-Law Society (Division 41 of the American Psychological Association), and currently is President-Elect of the International Association of Forensic Mental Health Services and a Director of the Canadian Association of Threat Assessment Professionals. He has led more than 350 training workshops for mental health, law enforcement, corrections, and legal professionals in North America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australasia. He has been qualified to give expert testimony regarding risk assessment in the superior courts of Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, and Ontario in Canada; in the superior courts of Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Texas, Washington, and Wisconsin in the United States; and before parliamentary committees in Canada and Scotland. He has received various distinctions for his professional work, including the Career Achievement Award from the Society of Clinical Psychology (Division 12 of the American Psychological Association), the Saleem Shah Award for Early Career Research Excellence in Psychology and Law from the American Psychology-Law Society (Division 41 of the American Psychological Association) and the American Academy of Forensic Psychology, and the Distinguished Achievement Award from the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals.

Webinar Outline

  • Violence Risk Assessment and Management
  • Lethal or near-lethal violence
  • Risk factors

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.

Board Approvals: APA, ASWB, CPA, NBCC. Click here for state and other regional board approvals.

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