This self-paced training program on Promoting Risk Interventions by Situational Management (PRISM) is presented by Drs. Lorraine Johnstone and David Cooke.
Violence prevention is a keystone of forensic practice. Structured professional judgment approaches (e.g., HCR-20, RSVP, SARA, etc.) have made a significant contribution to our understanding of the individual patient, prisoner or client. However, focusing merely on the individual neglects opportunities for violence prevention. People are violent not just because of who they are, but also because of where they are.
PRISM is an evidence-based process that systematically considers all elements of institutional structure and functioning; from security and control, through staff training, morale, and experience to organizational features including, management style, policies, and interventions to provide a framework for identifying aspects of the institution that are contributing to levels of violence therein. Just as a physical prism splits white light into its constituent elements, PRISM takes the whole organization and identifies the constituent elements that affect violence within the organization; it breaks down complexity in order that interventions can be approached in a measured and systematic manner. The PRISM process moves in seven steps from data collection through risk formulation, scenario planning towards the development of effective interventions for violence prevention. Through this course, participants will learn how to carry out the PRISM process using didactic sessions and a practice case.
In 2007 John Monahan remarked that: “PRISM is a model merging of cutting-edge academic research and state-of-the-art clinical practice. It deserves to be soon and widely implemented in a variety of institutional settings and in many countries.” PRISM has now been used in secure forensic settings, prisons, psychiatric hospitals and institutions for children and young people in New Zealand, Singapore, Barbados, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, and the United States, as well as widely throughout the UK. Lessons learned from these cases are integrated into this course.
This program is relevant to practitioners, administrators, policymakers, inspectors, development and management staff, as well as researchers involved in institutions where there is a risk of violence. The course is appropriate for beginner, intermediate, and advanced learners.
Participants will learn about PRISM, an evidence-based process that considers all elements of institutional structure and functioning
– Security and control
– Staff training and morale
– Organizational features
This training program will focus on the PRISM process, presented in 7 steps from data collection through risk formulation
– Scenario planning
About Drs. Lorraine Johnstone and Dr. David Cooke
Dr. Lorraine Johnstone
, BA(Hons)., DClin.Psychol, AFBPS, is a Consultant Clinical Forensic Psychologist, Visiting Professor, and Head of Child and Family Clinical Psychology. Alongside her extensive clinical experience working with individuals with violent behavior problems, Lorraine has worked with residents and staff teams based in a range residential settings (secure and unlocked hospital settings, prisons, care homes, secure children’s homes, etc). Building on her clinical knowledge base, over the last decade or so, Lorraine has also worked in roles charged with service delivery. She is experienced in working with complex systems where many and diverse factors impacting and influence the organizational functioning. Across her career to-date, Lorraine has worked with many institutions using PRISM to inform risk management, service delivery, service development as well as benchmarking areas of good practice. Lorraine has led several PRISM evaluations across the UK and Europe and has been successful in achieving change in even the most entrenched and challenging settings. She has also consulted to and supported colleagues from other countries including New Zealand and the US who have implemented PRISM in their own settings.
Dr. David Cooke is accredited by the Risk Management Authority (RMA) to undertake risk assessment reports under section 210C and 210D of the Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1995. He holds BSc, MSc, PhD and DUniv (Honoris Causa) degrees in psychology. He is a Chartered Forensic and Chartered Clinical Psychologist, a Fellow of the British Psychological Society and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. He served as head of forensic clinical psychology for the Greater Glasgow Primary Care NHS Trust from 1984 until 2007. Dr. Cooke was Professor of Forensic Clinical Psychology at Glasgow Caledonian University between 1992 and 2016 (part-time) and is a Visiting Professor in the department of Psychology at the University of Bergen, Norway (since 2006) and Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Law, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia. He has been actively involved in the study of violence and personality disorder since 1985, having published widely in this area, particularly in relation to psychopathic personality disorder. He served as a member of the Scotland Office Committee to Review the Treatment of Serious Sexual and Violent Offenders, including those with Personality Disorders (MacLean Committee). He chaired the sub-committee considering methods of risk assessment and chaired the Home Office committee that oversaw the assessment process for the Dangerous Severe Personality Disorder (DSPD) programme. Dr. Cooke was President of the European Association of Psychology and Law (2009 – 2012). In 2006 he was awarded the Senior Award for Outstanding Lifetime Contribution to Forensic Psychology from the Division of Forensic Psychology of the British Psychological Society. In 2012 he received the Doctor of the University degree from the Armenian State University and the David the Invincible Medal from the Armenian Philosophical Academy. In 2018 he received the Lifetime Achievement Award of the European Association of Psychology and Law. Dr. Cooke has held grants to support research into the problem of violence and personality disorder. He has given evidence in cases and inquiries where the issue of violence risk has been central, including Lord Cullen’s Inquiry into the shooting at Dunblane. He has provided workshops on violence risk assessment and psychopathic personality disorder in the UK, Europe, Australia, North America, New Zealand, Australia, Russia, the Middle East, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea and the Caribbean.
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.
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