Risk Formulation Webinar

Risk Formulation Webinar


1 Hour | 1 CE (CEU)

Program Description

This webinar on Risk Formulation is presented by Dr. Kelly Watt.

Risk formulation is a critical step for guiding decision-making when assessing and managing violence risk. If we do not have an understanding of why someone engaged in violence in the past it is difficult, if not impossible, to prevent that individual from engaging in future violence. Although the process of Formulation is considered a core competence in the practice of mental health, including forensic mental health, there are few explicit clinical guidelines for this skill and very little research evaluating this skill.

This webinar provides an overview of various approaches to Formulation, with a focus on an approach to Formulation that was developed specifically for understanding perpetration of past violence. It does so by providing a structure for evaluating motivators, disinhibitors, and destabilizers for past violence. This approach to Formulation is informed by decision theory and is used routinely in the Structured Professional Judgement model of violence risk assessment.

The fee for this training program is $100.

Intended Audience

This webinar is intended for professionals that want to enhance their understanding of clinical issues 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 intermediate and advanced level clinicians.

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

  • Describe one of core steps in Structured Professional Judgment
  • Describe the nature and implications of formulation
  • Describe formulation for understanding perpetration of past violence
  • Describe motivators, disinhibitors and destabilizers for past violence


About Dr. Kelly Watt

Kelly A. Watt, PhD,works as a Threat Assessment Specialist at Protect International and is a member of the Mental Health, Law, and Policy Institute at Simon Fraser University in Canada.

Dr. Watt is the editor of the Intelligence newsletter which is disseminated on behalf of threat assessment professional associations in the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia Pacific, and that provides recent advances in research, practice, and the law related to threat assessment around the globe. She also currently serves as a coordinator of a special interest group for the Canadian Association of Threat Assessment Professionals.

Dr. Watt’s work focuses on conducting assessments, providing training, and developing, implementing and evaluating strategies related to preventing, assessing, and managing violence. She has extensive experience applying these skills in a variety of sectors including, general workplaces, criminal settings, and civil settings. She specializes in intimate partner violence and intimate partner homicide.

Dr. Watt is the co-author of over 100 journal articles, book chapters, research reports and conference presentations concerning violence risk assessment and management, domestic violence related homicides, and coordinated community responses. She has conducted over 50 workshops on violence risk assessment and management, and victim safety planning around the world.

Webinar Outline

  • Risk Formulation (guiding decision-making when assessing and managing violence risk)
  • Approaches to Formulation (Structured Professional Judgement model of violence risk assessment)
  • Past Violence (motivators, disinhibitors, and destabilizers)

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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