Spring Training 2016

 March 21 thru May 23, 2016 | 30 CE's | $1500

Please join us our Spring Training Session on the Evaluation of Risk for Violence using the HCR-20-V3 presented by Dr. Kevin Douglas and Dr. Stephen Hart. We limit the number of participants in each Spring Training session to ensure that you have the opportunity to engage in meaningful interaction with Drs. Douglas and Hart and to discuss your current clinical cases in a small-group format. This 30-hour training session includes 20 hours of online training and 10 hours of consultation time with the instructors over the course of 10 weeks, beginning March 21, 2016. Consultation sessions will take place Wednesdays at 1 pm Pacific/ 3 pm Central / 4 pm Eastern for 1 hour.

Each week includes approximately 2 hours of online training plus one hour of small-group consultation to discuss cases, questions, and other clinical implementation issues. Participants will work independently, on their own time, each week on the training materials but will come together for 1 hour of small group consultation time with an instructor. Participants should expect to devote approximately 3 hours each week to this training program.  

Evaluation of Risk for Violence using the HCR-20-V3

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.

This training program focuses on the revised HCR-20 (now called HCR:V3) in the U.S. and describes why and how the HCR-20 was revised; how Version 3 differs from its predecessors; and initial research validation of Version 3. 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. Participants will also complete the HCR:V3 on a practice case. In addition, participants will engage in small-group discussion each week with the instructor about current clinical cases or other clinical implementation issues.

About the Presenters

Dr. Stephen Hart obtained his PhD in clinical psychology at the University of British Columbia in 1993. He currently holds positions as Professor in the Department of Psychology at Simon Fraser University and Visiting Professor in the Faculty of Psychology at the University of Bergen. 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 received grants totaling more than CAD $2 million; authored and co-authored more than 180 books, chapters, and articles, and more than 400 conference presentations. His manuals and guidelines on the assessment of violence risk and psychopathic personality disorder have been translated into more than two dozen languages and are used around the world. He was Co-Editor and later Editor of the International Journal of Forensic Mental Health from 2001 to 2011, and in 2012 was appointed Editor of the new Journal of Threat Assessment and Management. He is a member of the editorial board of five other journals, and an ad hoc reviewer for more than 30 other journals, as well as numerous granting agencies. He was President of the American Psychology-Law Society (Division 41 of the American Psychological Association), and currently is President-Elect of the International Association of Forensic Mental Health Services and a Director of the Canadian Association of Threat Assessment Professionals.

He has led more than 350 training workshops for mental health, law enforcement, corrections, and legal professionals in North America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australasia. He has been qualified to give expert testimony regarding risk assessment in the superior courts of Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, and Ontario in Canada; in the superior courts of Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Texas, Washington, and Wisconsin in the United States; and before parliamentary committees in Canada and Scotland. He has received various distinctions for his professional work, including the Career Achievement Award from the Society of Clinical Psychology (Division 12 of the American Psychological Association), the Saleem Shah Award for Early Career Research Excellence in Psychology and Law from the American Psychology-Law Society (Division 41 of the American Psychological Association) and the American Academy of Forensic Psychology, and the Distinguished Achievement Award from the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals.

Dr. Kevin Douglas  is Associate 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. Dr. Douglas received his law degree in 2000 from the University of British Columbia, and his Ph.D. in clinical (forensic) psychology from Simon Fraser University in 2002. 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. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation (USA), Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research. His research addresses 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. He is co-author of the Historical-Clinical-Risk Management-20 (HCR-20) violence risk assessment measure, which has been translated into 18 languages and is used broadly around the world (roughly 35 countries) in correctional, forensic, and psychiatric settings 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, called the HCR:V3. More recently, he has been conducting research on other violence-related adverse experiences, including suicide-related behaviour, and being victimized by violence. On these topics, Dr. Douglas has authored over 100 journal articles, books, or book chapters.


Evaluation of Risk for Violence using the HCR-20 Version 3

10 Weeks
March 21-May 29, 2016

Consultation sessions: Wednesdays at 1 pm Pacific/ 3 pm Centeral / 4 pm Eastern for 1 hour

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,
  • Contrast the strengths and weaknesses of actuarial and unstructured clinical prediction, and how Structured Professional Judgment (SPJ) differs from both of these approaches,
  • Describe the importance of risk management in the SPJ approach,
  • Assess how the HCR-20 Version 3 differs from and improves upon the HCR-20 Version 2,
  • Score the HCR-20 Version 3 items, and
  • Apply the HCR-20 Version 3 to actual case analysis.

30 Hours | 30 CE Credits | $1,000

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Intended Audience

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.