Mental Disorder and Violence Risk

Mental Disorder and Violence Risk


10 Hours | 10 CEs (CEUs)

Program Description

This self-paced training program on Mental Disorder and Violence Risk is presented by Dr. Stephen Hart.

There is, by now, no doubt that mental disorder is associated with increased risk for violence, but that association is by no means clear or simple. Dr. Hart will review the research and clinical literature to identify and explain the mental health problems most relevant to violence, focusing on psychosis, personality disorder, paraphilic disorder, and substance use. He will also discuss how best to incorporate mental health problems in the practice of violence risk assessment and management, including formulation (case conceptualization) of violence risk and the development of case management plans.

The fee for this training program is $250 and includes all materials and readings.

Intended Audience

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

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

  • Describe the complexity of the association between mental disorder and violence risk
  • Describe the mental health problems most relevant to violence risk
  • Describe how to incorporate mental health problems into risk formulation
  • Describe how to incorporate mental health problems into scenario planning
  • Describe how to incorporate mental health problems into case management plans
  • About Dr. Stephen Hart

    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.

    Course Outline

  • Describe the recent research on mental disorder and violence
  • Describe relevant risk-related issues to consider when working with mentally disordered clients
  • Describe clinical issues related to managing risk for violence in those with a mental disorder
  • 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 10 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.

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