PCL-R and PCL:SV Master Course

PCL-R and PCL:SV Master Course


30 Hours | 30 CEs (CEUs)

Program Description

This self-paced Master Course on Clinical and Forensic Applications of the Hare Psychopathy Checklist-Revised (PCL-R) and Psychopathy Checklist: Screening Version (PCL:SV) is presented by Dr. Stephen Hart.

The ability to assess psychopathic personality disorder (PPD) is an important requirement for clinical and forensic mental health professionals working in many settings. The Hare PCL-R and PCL:SV are widely regarded as the gold standard for assessing PPD, yet it is clear from experience in the field and recent research that these tools are not simple or easy to use. This course is designed to give practitioners the opportunity to develop and demonstrate a high level of expertise in the use of the PCL-R and PCL:SV.

Participants begin by learning the principles of administration and interpretation, then building related skills by completing and reviewing case studies. Next, participants develop the most effective ways to communicate their findings, both in writing and orally. Throughout, participants have the opportunity to examine critical issues related to the assessment of PPD using the PCL-R and PCL:SV. Participants are presented with a Certificate of Competence in the use of the PCL-R and PCL:SV.

This training program typically takes about 30 hours to complete and includes a review of the training videos, readings related to the PCL-R and PCL:SV, working through and scoring 4 case studies and reviewing the case discussions of each.

The fee for this training program is $1500 and includes all materials and worksheets.

Pre-Requisite: Completion of a two-day basic (introductory, essentials) workshop in the use of the PCL-R or PCL:SV

Intended Audience

This training program is intended for experienced psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, counselors and nurses working in forensic mental health and correctional services in institutions and in the community. This course is best suited for practitioners who have already undergone basic training on the PCL-R or PCL:SV as it is a master course that presents advanced materials and builds upon an expected foundation of knowledge. This training program is for intermediate and advanced level clinicians.

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


  • Describe and demonstrate the use of the PCL and PCL:SV
  • Describe the principles of administration and interpretation
  • Describe challenges of administration

  • Describe the empirical foundation for the PCL and PCL:SV
  • Describe the theoretical foundation for the PCL and PCL:SV
  • Describe the similarities between the PCL and PCL:SV
  • Describe the differences between the PCL and PCL:SV
  • Describe which of the two tests is best used in different situations
  • Describe formulation in diagnostics
  • Describe formulation is Violence Risk and Treatability
  • Describe recent research on PCL-R
  • Describe implications of the PCL in practice

  • Describe formulation in various topics

  • Describe Report Writing
  • Describe Testimony
  • Describe how to effectively communicate findings, both orally and in writing

    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.

    This course is excellent for practitioners who have already undergone the basic training on the PCL-R or PCL:SV and want the opportunity to develop and demonstrate a high level of expertise in the use of the PCL-R and PCL:SV.


    Participants will learn the principles of administration and interpretations
    – Introduction
    – Psychopathy as a personality disorder
    – Recent research
    – Formulation discussions

    Case Review

    Participants will build related skills by completing and reviewing case studies
    – Malone Case
    – Ghacal Case
    – Magnussun Case
    – Sabuktigin Case


    Participants will discuss the most effective ways to communicate their findings
    – Report Writing
    – Testimony

    “I think it’s great that you include the audio via mp3 and the transcript; it allowed me to complete the video and to choose the format of the training that worked best given the different settings that I would be in when doing the training (i.e., at home, at work, at a café or in the carpool on my way to work). Overall, I loved this training, it works well online and I like how the videos and the sections are divided. Dr. Hart is an EXCELLENT presenter! Thank you!!” -Psychologist working in Corrections

    “This program was extremely helpful and informative. The case discussions and the opportunity to practice scoring as well as receive feedback was helpful.” -Psychologist, Independent Practice

    “This was an excellent training. I realized how much I needed to refresh my scoring skills and I do not routinely score the PCL and my scores were quite different from Dr. Hart’s. I learned a great deal with I will apply to formulating and communicating risk in general.”Psychologist, Private Practice


    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 30 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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