Training Workshops 2018
Violence Risk Assessments constitutes a core task for practitioners working with offenders. It is essential that practitioners adhere to best practice in this complex and challenging task. Our aim is to provide state-of-the art training in a range of violence risk assessment tools. As well as being experienced trainers, our course leaders are all scientist-practitioners who are familiar with the application of risk assessment to real life settings.
The training is suitable for a multi-disciplinary audience and there are courses for all stages of professional development – from introductory to advanced.
For more information on our scheduled training workshops for 2018 please see below.
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 and the International Classification of Diseases 10th Edition. 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 use 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 system for classifying and assessing personality disorder described in section III of the DSM-5 and the proposed revisions to personality disorder in ICD-11. The IPDE will be examined in detail – an IPDE manual and a range of supportive training materials will be provided at this course – and case studies will be used to illustrate important points about different 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 use of IPDE findings in 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-IV and DSM-5 or ICD-10 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, junior nurses, or medical or graduate students.