20 Hours | 20 CEs | CEU | CPD | $500
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This training program on the Evaluation of Risk for Violence using the HCR-20 Version 3 was developed by Drs. Stephen Hart and Kevin Douglas and is presented in partnership with Protect International Inc. The HCR-20 (Version 2; Webster, Douglas, Eaves, & Hart, 1997), according to a recent survey, is the most commonly used violence risk assessment measure across 44 different countries. It helps professionals in correctional, mental health, and forensic settings make decisions about who poses higher versus lower risk for violence, either within institutions or in the community, and to devise and monitor violence risk management plans. The HCR-20 (Version 2) has been evaluated in more than 100 studies and implemented or evaluated in at least 32 countries. Recently, Version 3 of the HCR-20 (Douglas, Hart, Webster, & Belfrage, 2013) was completed and released.
Version 3 maintains the basic features of Version 2, but has additional features that will help decision makers to determine which risk factors are most relevant at the individual level, how to produce a meaningful case formulation, how to develop helpful risk management plans, and how to make decisions about level of violence risk. Some of its items have been changed as well.
- The trainee is taken through the foundation for structured professional judgment, how to rate the presence and relevance of each of the HCR-20 Version 3 items, how to formulate risk scenarios, how to consider case management issues for the evaluee, and how to conceptualize and provide summary judgments regarding the evaluee’s overall risk.
- This Training Program typically takes about 20 hours to complete and includes review of the training videos, reading the HCR-20 Version 3 Manual, working through the Case Illustration, and working through a clinical case using the HCR-20 Version 3.
This training program focuses on the revised HCR-20 (now called HCR:V3) and describes why and how the HCR-20 was revised; how Version 3 differs from its predecessors; initial research validation of Version 3; what its risk factors are and how to rate them; and how to complete case formulation and risk management planning using Version 3. Participants will also have the opportunity to complete the HCR:V3 on a practice case. Professionals who do not have a solid foundation in threat assessment and risk management may wish to register for the Foundations of Violence Risk Assessment and Management training program before registering for this Program but this is not a requirement.
The fee for this training program is $500 and includes all materials and worksheets. E-copies of the HCR-20 Version 3 assessment manual and instrument protocol are provided for use in this training program. In addition, case studies and other case-relevant materials are provided for training purposes. The program includes both didactic and interactive materials and allows the opportunity to apply the information and assessment instruments to a sample case. Participants should expect to commit approximately 20 hours to completing this training program. Throughout the training program there will be quizzes that must be passed with a 70% in order to advance in the course. Once the course is completed participants will complete a course evaluation and then will be able to print their certificate of completion.
This Evaluation of Risk for Violence Using the HCR-20 Version 3 training program is primarily for criminal justice, mental health, and victim support professionals – those who work with (alleged) perpetrators and victims of violence. This training program is for beginner, intermediate, and advanced level clinicians.
Evaluation of Risk for Violence using the HCR-20 Version 3
Evaluation of Risk for Violence using the HCR-20-V3
Presented by: Drs. Kevin Douglas and Stephen Hart
- Describe important historical movements in the violence risk field that led to the development of the HCR-20 Version 3
- Describe the strengths of actuarial and unstructured clinical prediction
- Describe the weaknesses of actuarial and unstructured clinical prediction
- Describe how Structured Professional Judgment (SPJ) differs from the actuarial clinical prediction
- Describe how Structured Professional Judgment (SPJ) differs from the unstructured clinical prediction
- Describe the importance of risk management in the SPJ approach
- Describe how the HCR-20 Version 3 differs from the HCR-20 Version 2
- Describe how the HCR-20 Version 3 improves upon from the HCR-20 Version 2
- Describe how to formulate risk scenarios
- Describe case management issues for the evaluee
- Describe how to conceptualize and provide summary judgments regarding the evaluee’s overall risk
- Apply the HCR-20 Version 3 to actual case analysis
- Describe and score the HCR-20 Version 3 items
20 Hours | 20 CE (CEU) Credits | $500
Here's What People are Saying...
"This is a terrific training course! Drs. Douglas and Hart are amazing teachers and use a lot of examples and cases to explain how to use the HCR-20-V3 in various contexts. The inclusion of a case example to score is very useful. Thank you!"-UK-based Psychologist (PhD)
"I loved the online format of this course. There is a lot of material but I could make my way through it when I had time in my schedule. The training was top notch and the HCR-20-V3 is a great instrument for making one consider the formulation of the case and how risk should best be managed."-Australia-based Psychologist (PsyD)
"Drs. Douglas and Hart are the best of the best! Thank you for this great course. I loved being able to actually apply the instrument to a sample case and hear feedback about how the items were scored for the case example."-USA-based Social Worker (LCSW)
About our Presenters
Dr. Kevin Douglas and Dr. Stephen Hart
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.
Dr. Stephen D. 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.
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This course is designed for all mental health professionals who want to learn about the HCR-20-V3. This course is an excellent means of strengthening skills in case formulation, risk management, Case Illustration, and working through a clinical case using the HCR-20 Version 3.
FoundationsParticipants will be taken through the foundations for SPJ and how to rate the presence and relevance of the HCR items
- Structured Professional Judgment
- Development of Version 3
- Rating Historical Items
- Rating Clinical Items
PracticeParticipants will learn to complete case formulation and risk management and complete the HCR-20-V3 on a practice case
- The HCR-V3 Worksheet
- Case Example
- Implementation Issues
- Report Writing