Mental Disorder and Violence Risk Webinar

Mental Disorder and Violence Risk Webinar


1 Hour | 1 CE (CEU)

Program Description

This webinar on Mental Disorder and Violence Risk is presented by Dr. Kevin Douglas.

The research base and empirical evidence for assessing and considering risk-related issues for individuals with mental disorders are described and clinical assessment and management techniques discussed. The link between major mental disorder and violence remains controversial. This webinar addresses this link, arguing that although there may be a direct link between mental disorder and violence for some people, there may also be less clear, indirect links, whereby mental disorder acts as an early, distal risk marker, a moderator, or a mediator.
For many individuals with major mental disorders, there is no link to violence. Regardless of whatever the nomothetic or population-level link between mental disorder and violence might be, it remains vital for clinicians to understand the idiographic role if any, of mental disorder with respect to the potential risk of violence of their clients. There is also discussion on contemporary approaches to violence risk assessment and management in terms of their ability to facilitate understanding of the role that major mental disorder plays in violent behavior, its assessment, and its management.

Intended Audience

This webinar 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 webinar is for beginner, intermediate, and advanced level clinicians.

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

  • Describe the complex link between major mental disorder and violence
  • Describe the different ways in which major mental disorder may lead to violence
  • Describe the role of major mental disorder in contemporary violence risk assessment approaches
  • Describe the role of major mental disorder within violence risk management


About Dr. Kevin Douglas

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.

Webinar 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

“Dr. Douglas is a fantastic presenter. He is very knowledgeable and humorous!”

“This webinar is very informative! Dr. Douglas provided resources and relevant case examples.”

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.

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