VRTW- Violence Risk Assessment Workshops 2024

Violence Risk Training Workshops


Harm Prevention Using the Structured Professional Judgement Approach

Focusing on Violence and Sexual Violence, Organised Crime, Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery and  Violent Extremism and Grievance Fuelled Violence

led by

Caroline Logan and Lisa Davies

This Training Opportunity

Many practitioners have knowledge and experience in the application of risk assessment guidance in their workplaces – for example, the HCR-20 V3 or RSVP V2 in forensic mental health and prison services and in court proceedings.  However, the needs of the clients to be assessed are evolving; they are more complex now than ever, presenting risks in multiple areas linked to multiple problems and challenges of a variety of kinds, past, current, and enduring.  The expertise of practitioners must also evolve and deepen.  This course is intended to advance the skills of practitioners who wish to improve the ways in which they (i) prepare to engage in risk assessment and management practice, (ii) work with clients and agencies to that end, and (iii) communicate their findings in meaningful and impactful ways.  The impetus for this course is the publication of the second edition of Managing Clinical Risk: A Guide to Effective Practice, edited by Caroline Logan and Lorraine Johnstone, to which Lisa Davies contributed substantially.

This training course will be in-person only.  This is to ensure the full engagement of participants, their comfort in discussing their current practice and experience, and their opportunity to learn from and network with experienced peers working in the same fields.  If interested parties would like to discuss bespoke in-house training, please get in touch with erin@northernnetworking.co.uk to discuss.  

Day 1 will examine in detail the structured professional judgement (SPJ) approach to risk assessment and management. We will examine key parts of the risk evaluation process, namely clarifying the terms of reference for a request for support in harm prevention planning, preparing preliminary hypotheses, information gathering and consultation skills, risk formulation, and communication, in addition to triage and case prioritisation. In addition, we will examine the direct links between these tasks and risk management planning and implementation, focusing on the role of risk formulation. We will use a case study to explore the application of the SPJ approach to assessing concerns about sexual violence risk using the RSVP V2 and violence risk using the HCR-20 V3.  (Delegates who are trained only in version 1 of the RSVP will find this day useful as it will equip them with the skills they will require for the competent application of version 2).

Day 2 will be led by Ms Davies and will include a day of highly specialised training in risk assessment and management in relation to organised crime, modern slavery, and human trafficking. This day will demonstrate how the use of the HCR-20 V3 and RSVP V2 may be combined with the guidance offered in the Multi-Level Guidelines V2 and other relevant risk decision-support aids to create a combined framework for the evaluation and risk management process.  The case study introduced on day 1 will be developed throughout this day, building directly on the material covered on Day 1.

Day 3 will be led by Dr. Logan and will include a day of highly specialised training in risk assessment and management in relation to violent extremism and grievance fuelled violence, including workplace violence, demonstrating how the use of the HCR-20 V3 may be combined with the guidance offered in the MLG V2, and other relevant decision-support aids, including those developed specifically to address ideologically motivated violence.

Who is This Training Opportunity For?

This training is for qualified practitioners with at least some experience in risk assessment and management who wish to develop those skills further in the areas outlined above.

Delegates may attend Day 1 only, or they may attend Days 1 and 2, or all three days.  Given that the skills being discussed – and the case study – will be built over the course of the three days of training, it will not be possible for delegates to attend only Days 2 and/or 3.

Please note, this training is not for those at assistant level or trainees.  This course addresses advanced skill development in highly specialised areas of practice and would therefore not be suitable for early career professionals.

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