Workplace Violence Prevention and Intervention Programs: Policies

Workplace Violence Prevention and Intervention Programs: Policies


1 Hour | 1 CE (CEU)

Program Description

This webinar on Workplace Violence Prevention and Intervention Programs: Policies is presented by Dr. Kevin Douglas.

Violence and threats within the workplace understandably can lead to concerns about personal safety, and to uncertainty about how best to respond to potential violence. A necessary precursor to effective violence prevention is the presence of sound policy to guide action in the event of potential workplace violence. In this webinar, Dr. Douglas outlines the elements of sound policy for workplace violence risk assessment and prevention. Such policy should include, minimally, a triaging process for determining when, by law, violence assessment and management action must be taken; who the responsible parties will be for taking such action; the process of assessment and prevention; legally compliant guidelines on collecting and sharing information within and outside of the threat assessment team; when law enforcement must be notified; the role of the duty to accommodate; and preparation for on-going case management in the event of continued employment or termination of employees.

Intended Audience

This webinar is relevant for mental health professionals who conduct forensic evaluations or who intend to add forensic evaluation to their practice. This workshop is for beginner, intermediate, and advanced level clinicians.

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

  • Describe how to construct a violence prevention team, and when this team is legally required to take action to prevent violence
  • Describe the legal context within which violence prevention transpires, with respect to accessing and sharing information, the duty to accommodate, and the involvement of law enforcement
  • Describe core elements of an effective violence risk assessment and prevention process
  • Describe key concerns about on-going violence risk management in the scenario of either continuation or termination of employment

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

This webinar focuses on workplace violence prevention and intervention programs.

  • Policy
  • Responsibility
  • Accommodations

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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