Violence Risk Training Workshops 

Edinburgh 17th-19th November 2021

 

Assessing and Managing Risk of Intimate Partner Violence Using the Spousal Assault Risk Assessment Guide Version 3 (SARAV3)

Wednesday 17th – Thursday 18th November 2021

Trainer: Professor David Cooke

Intimate partner violence (IPV) is one of the most common and severe forms of violence. The impact of IPV on both its direct and vicarious victims can be profound, multifaceted and potentially lifelong.  Understanding the origins and function of violence in intimate relationships is an essential skill for practitioners working across a wide variety of clinical and criminal-justice services.  This two-day training course aims to provide practitioners with the skills they need to apply the Spousal Assault Risk Assessment Guide, or SARA, as their assessment and management framework.

The SARA was the first procedure to apply the structured professional judgement approach to management of risk.  Many sets of guidelines have followed this important publication, not least the HCR-20V3 (2013)  The SARA is now in its third edition – SARAV3.  Published in 2015, it not only captures learning about the structured professional judgement approach in general, it provides state-of-the-art guidelines based on the latest understanding of intimate partner violence.  The SARAV3 provides a route map for integrating information about a broad range of risk factors associated with intimate partner violence, and a framework for decision-making that is both systematic and practical.  In this two-day workshop participants will learn the process of applying the SARAV3, using case materials to practice the development of risk formulations and risk management plans.

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Forensic Applications of the IPDE

Wednesday 17th – Thursday 18th November 2021

Trainer: Dr Caroline Logan

Two-day in-person training workshop

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 10th Edition (ICD-10). Personality disorder assessment is an important undertaking in forensic and other settings, for example, to clarify diagnoses 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 in-person training 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 model for classifying and assessing personality disorder described in section III of the DSM-5 (the AMPD) and the proposed revisions to personality disorder in ICD-11, which will be published in 2022. The assessment of personality disorder in forensic settings using the IPDE will be examined in detail 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 will clinical interviewing skills relevant to the assessment of personality pathology in a forensic context.

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 for research assistants, junior nurses, or medical or graduate students.

Access to an IPDE manual will be required for this training.  Attendees are asked to bring one with them or to arrange to purchase a manual with their registration for this course.


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Beyond the IPDE:  Incorporating the AMPD and ICD-11 into your Forensic Practice

Friday 19th November 2021

Trainer: Dr Caroline Logan

One-day in-person training workshop

This one-day in-person training course is for practitioners already trained in the IPDE who would like to orient their current personality disorder assessment and formulation practice towards both the Alternative Model of Personality Disorder (AMPD) and the soon to be published International Classification of Diseases 11th edition (ICD-11).  The day will begin with a brief review of the IPDE and the strengths – and weaknesses – of its applications in forensic settings.  Then, for the remainder of the morning and into the afternoon, the AMPD will be introduced.  There are three modules in the complete AMPD assessment process – the Level of Personality Functioning Scale (LPFS), the assessment of personality traits, and the assessment of personality disorders.  Each module will be described and the structured clinical interviews and self-report assessments for each examined in detail.  This day-long course will not constitute training in the whole of the AMPD, but it will provide training in the LPFS, which can easily and effectively be incorporated into current personality disorder assessment and formulation practice using the IPDE.  The applications of the remainder of the AMPD in forensic settings is an exciting prospect but one that awaits more relevant research to support.  The remainder of the afternoon will review the new model of personality disorder in ICD-11.  The assessment of severity will be examined in detail, and the ICD-11 process directly compared to that embodied in the LPFS.  The prospect of formal assessments of ICD-11 personality problems will be discussed.  The day will conclude with a brief review of formulation practice in relation to personality disorder.

 

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