Short-Term Assessment of Risk and Treatability: Adolescent Version (START-AV)

Short-Term Assessment of Risk and Treatability: Adolescent Version (START-AV)


20 Hours | 20 CEs (CEUs)

Program Description

This self-paced training program on Short-Term Assessment of Risk and Treatability: Adolescent Version (START-AV) is presented by Drs. Jodi Viljoen and Keith Cruise.

The START:AV is a risk assessment guide for adolescents.  Rather than focusing on a single outcome (e.g., violence), the START:AV provides an integrative assessment of adolescents’ risks for, Harm to others and rule violations and Harm to the adolescent. Whereas many tools focus primarily on risk factors, the START:AV places a large emphasis on strengths in addition to vulnerabilities.

In addition, given that adolescence is a period of enormous change, the START:AV facilitates a dynamic approach by orienting professionals to strengths and vulnerabilities that are potentially modifiable. This training program focuses on providing participants with the skills needed to use the START:AV to assess strength, vulnerabilities, and risk.  In addition, the training program introduces participants to the use of the START:AV in intervention-planning. Throughout the training, there is a focus on working through case examples.

The fee for this training program is $500 and includes all materials.

Intended Audience

This training program is intended for use with adults with mental, personality and substance related disorders and has been demonstrated to have relevance to correctional, civil, and forensic patients in the community or institutional settings. This training program is for beginner, intermediate, and advanced level clinicians.

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


  • Describe an integrative assessment of adolescents’ risks for harm to others
  • Describe assessment of adolescents’ risks rule violations
  • Describe assessment of adolescents’ risks harm to the adolescent
  • Describe the START-AV in intervention-planning
  • Describe the role of static and dynamic strength risk factors in risk assessment
  • Describe the role of static and dynamic strength risk factors in risk management
  • Describe the strengths in client management and safety planning
  • Describe the vulnerabilities in client management and safety planning

  • Describe how to administer START assessments
  • Describe how to interpret START assessments
  • Describe how to implement START assessments
  • Describe the administration, interpretation, and implementation through case examples

    About Drs. Jody Viljoen and Keith Cruise

    Dr. Jodi Viljoen, R. Psyc. is an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology at Simon Fraser University, an Associate Director of the Institute for the Reduction of Youth Violence. She is an author of a the Short-Term Assessment of Risk and Treatability (START:AV) and a risk reduction guide called the Adolescent Risk Reduction and Resilient Outcomes Work-Plan (ARROW). Dr. Viljoen’s research examines methods to assess and prevent violence, offending, victimization, and related outcomes in adolescents. She has published over 50 articles and chapters in this area, and presented over 150 conferences talks. In her clinical work, Dr. Viljoen has conducted assessments, and provided treatment to adolescent and adult in adolescent inpatient and outpatient units, mental health clinics, and youth justice settings. Dr. Viljoen received the Saleem Shah Award from the American Psychology-Law Society and the American Academy of Forensic Psychology, and a Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Career Scholar Award.
    Dr. Keith Cruise is an Associate Professor and Co-Director of the Clinical-Forensic Specialization in the Department of Psychology at Fordham University. He holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of North Texas and a Masters of Legal Studies degree from the University of Nebraska. Dr. Cruise conducts research on the clinical-forensic assessment of youth within the juvenile justice system. In his clinical practice, he has provided direct care assessment and treatment services with justice-involved youth, offered expert testimony to juvenile courts, and developed treatment protocols for this population. Dr. Cruise also has over 10 years of experience providing consultation and training services to local and state juvenile justice agencies. He is a co-author of the Short-Term Assessment of Risk and Treatability: Adolescent Version (START:AV), a co-investigator on an National Institute of Justice grant to examine the effectiveness of screening for poly-victimization, and core faculty member of the Center for Trauma Recovery and Juvenile Justice.

    This course is excellent for professionals in the forensic mental health field working with adults with personality and substance related disorders.


    Participants will learn the rationale for its development and an overview of the START-AV assessment model


    Participants will learn the role of static and dynamic risk factors in risk assessment, along with the strengths and vulnerabilities of client management and safety planning

    Case Studies

    Participants will learn the administration, interpretation, and implementation through case examples

    “I was really excited to participate in this self-paced training and acquired very useful information easily applicable into practice. The format of trainings was very comfortable and effective. Thank you very much!”

    “Thank you for making this training available online. It is difficult to find good forensic training so I appreciate the chance to be able to take this online and learn to use the START:AV in my practice. This was simply excellent. Thank you again.”

    “The presenters were excellent and I really liked the chance to think through the case examples and then hear about how the presenters conceptualized the cases. The training was easy to follow and I learned a lot.”

    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 20 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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