Training Workshops 2019

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 2019 please see below.

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Promoting Risk Intervention by Situational Management (PRISM)

24/03/2015 - 25/03/2015


Facilitators: Prof David Cooke (UK)

Duration: 2 days

Reducing institutional violence:

Using PRISM to understand the impact of situational risk factors

The keystone of forensic practice is violence prevention. Structured professional judgement approaches (e.g., HCR-20, RSVP) have made a significant contribution to our understanding of the individual patient, prisoner or client. But focusing merely on the individual neglects opportunities for violence prevention. People are violent not just because of who they are, but also, because of where they are.

With his colleague Lorraine Johnstone, David Cooke developed PRISM (Promoting Risk Interventions by Situational Management). This is an evidence-based process that systematically considers all elements of institutional structure and functioning; from security and control, through staff training, morale, and experience to organisational features including, management style, policies and interventions. Just as a physical prism splits white light into its constituent elements, PRISM takes the whole organisation and identifies the constituent elements that affect violence within the organisation; it breaks down complexity in order that interventions can be approached in a measured and systematic manner. The PRISM process moves in seven steps from data collection through risk formulation, scenario planning towards the development of effective interventions for violence prevention.

This workshop will teach participants how to carry out the PRISM process using didactic sessions and case-studies. The workshop is relevant to clinicians, managers, administrators, policy makers and researchers involved in institutions where there is a risk of violence.

In 2007 John Monahan remarked that: “PRISM is a model merging of cutting-edge academic research and state-of-the-art clinical practice. It deserves to be soon and widely implemented in a variety of institutional settings and in many countries.” PRISM has now been used in secure forensic settings, prisons, psychiatric hospitals and institutions for children and young people in New Zealand, Singapore, Barbados, Norway, Denmark and Sweden as well as widely throughout the UK. Lessons learned from these cases will be integrated into this workshop.




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Dr Lorraine Johnstone


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