Training Workshops & Registration 2020

Violence Risk Assessment Workshops 2020

Rescheduled to 24-27 November 2020

Workshops will be held at the Hilton Kensington Hotel, London

Our Violence Risk Training Workshops have become a fixture in the forensic training calendar. The workshops provide training for all levels of professional development—from introductory to advanced. Training is based on state-of-the-art, evidenced-based methods and is delivered by practitioners who are innovators in their field.


Tuesday 24th and Wednesday 25th November 2020

 Clinical Skills in the Application of the PCL-R – Psychopathic personality disorder is an important risk factor for violence. Additionally, it has relevance for treatment and risk management.

The Psychopathy Checklist Revised (PCL-R) is currently the best validated measure of psychopathy. The use of the PCL-R has become widespread across many agencies; it provides a standard methodology for assessing this important risk factor.

In particular, emphasis is given to the clinical information derived from the instrument and how that information can be used in risk violence formulation. Using a variety of teaching modalities didactic, interactive and practical exercises, this workshop will introduce participants to the PCL-R.

A video case will be used to allow participants to apply the PCL-R ratings and obtain feedback. The strengths and limitations of the PCL-R will be discussed. The use of the PCL-R in diagnostic and risk formulation will be described.


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Clinical Skills in the Application of the RSVP & SVR-20 – Numerous instruments now exist to support the efforts of practitioners to assess the likelihood of sexual violence recidivism.  Fewer instruments are available to guide efforts to formulate and manage risk, and ultimately prevent or limit sexually violent behaviour.  This two-day workshop will prepare participants to administer two sets of guidance adhering to the structured professional judgement approach designed for use with sexual offenders for the purpose of understanding and managing the risk of sexually harmful behaviour.

The Risk of Sexual Violence Protocol (RSVP) is a set of comprehensive guidance designed to assist expert practitioners in the enduring case management of men and women who are thought to be at risk of sexually harmful behaviour.  The Sexual Violence Risk-20 Guide Version 2 (SVR-20V2) is a more brief set of guidance for practitioners with a range of experience working with sexual offenders for the purpose of making summary judgements about risk and general recommendations about risk management.  This workshop will focus mainly on the RSVP and summarise the applications of the SVR-20V3, therefore it is best suited for practitioners experienced in working with sexually harmful individuals and familiar with appraising and managing the risks they may pose to those around them.

The evidence-base for the structured professional judgement approach will be presented and the origins of its application to sexual offenders discussed.  Case studies will be used to illustrate the applications of both sets of guidance, from assessment through to risk management via the critical task of risk formulation.

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Thursday 26th November and Friday 27th November 2020

Clinical Skills in the Application of the HCR-20-V3 – Systematic assessment of the risk of harm to others is now generally accepted to be a crucial component in the effective management of violent offenders. Using the method of structured professional judgement, violence risk assessment is geared towards the design of a comprehensive risk management plan. Published guidelines following this approach have long been applied in prisons and forensic mental health services in Britain and now are used widely around the world. With growing recognition of the need for multidisciplinary involvement in risk assessment and risk management planning, as well as an increased awareness of its relevance in any setting where people with histories of violence are encountered, an increasing number of professionals are being expected to contribute to the process.

The HCR-20 is a tool for assessing general violence risk and is perhaps the most commonly applied risk assessment tool using the SPJ approach. It provides guidelines for integrating information from a broad range of risk factors associated with violence recidivism. This workshop is aimed at any professional working with violent offenders. Participants will learn about the structured professional judgement approach and about the background and procedures to the HCR-20. Using case examples, participants will practise drawing up future risk scenarios risk and devising risk management strategies.

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Forensic applications of the IPDE – The International Personality Disorder Examination (IPDE) is a semi-structured clinical interview developed to assess the personality disorder presentations described in section II of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorder 5th Edition (DSM-5) and the International Classification of Diseases 11th Edition (ICD-11). Personality disorder assessment is an important undertaking in forensic and other settings, for example, to clarify diagnosis and co-morbidity, to formulate the association between mental health needs and harmful behaviour, and to justify specific treatment and management pathways within the criminal justice and forensic mental health systems.

This two-day workshop will provide those attending with training in the administration and applications of the IPDE. It will begin with a review of key issues in the assessment and diagnosis of personality disorder, including a review of the alternative model for classifying and assessing personality disorder described in section III of the DSM-5 (AMPD) and the proposed revisions to personality disorder in ICD-11. The IPDE will be examined in detail – please bring your copy of the manual or purchase one with your registration – and case studies will be used to illustrate important points about different (and differential) diagnoses and potential problems in their individual assessment and measurement. The use of the IPDE as opposed to other methods of assessing personality dysfunction will be discussed. The application of IPDE findings to a formulation about personality functioning and its relevance to treatment and harmful behaviour will also be considered, as well as clinical interviewing skills relevant to the assessment of personality pathology.

The IPDE is a complex clinical tool. Therefore, this course is suitable for experienced mental health practitioners who have a good understanding and working knowledge of personality disorder and the DSM-5 or ICD-11 classification systems. Using the IPDE competently assumes training and experience in making psychiatric diagnoses. The training is therefore most suitable for experienced psychiatrists, clinical psychologists and those with comparable training who are capable of making independent psychiatric diagnoses without semi-structured interviews. Therefore, this training is not suitable for clinicians in the early phase of their training or by research assistants, or medical or graduate students.

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