How Risk/Need Assessment Informs and Enhances Case Planning

Date: Tuesday, October 17, 2023
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. ET/
7:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. PT
Format: Live interactive training offered via Zoom
Hosted by: David Prescott, LICSW, ATSA-F

Credit: 6 CE Credit Hours
Cost of training and CE certificate: $180.00
CE Eligibility: Psychology and Counseling

This event is part of a collection of upcoming trainings on the topic of assessing and treating adults who have sexually abused. Click here to learn more!

To be eligible for a certificate, you must attend the entire live training and complete an evaluation form within 24 hours following the live event.

This training provides a foundational understanding of the assessment of risks and treatment needs in preventing general, violent, and sexual re-offense by adults. It is of interest to those who are newer to the field as well as those who wish to develop their existing skills further.

Over the past 30 years, research has led to the identification of empirically derived risk factors associated with general criminality, violence, and sexual offense recidivism and this, in turn, has resulted in the development of specialized risk assessment tools. Risk assessment plays an integral role within forensic mental health and correctional practice as it is one of the most important and frequent tasks required of evaluators, clinicians, and correctional professionals.

This session provides background information on how to understand risk and risk factors as well as those protective factors that mitigate risk. It explains how some risk factors (such as self-regulation) can be used in treatment and are therefore referred to as criminogenic needs. These can, in turn, be used in understanding the role that risk and protective factors have played in each client’s life. Developing accurate, research-informed risk formulations contributes to effective case planning, treatment, and outcomes. The training explores information that is fundamental to assessment and planning, including the roles of psychopathy, childhood adversity/trauma, and considerations with special populations.

Topics include:
1) History & development of contemporary risk assessment methods
2) Types of risk assessment
3) Identification of risk & protective factors
4) Examples of empirically validated tools
5) Core components of risk assessment
6) Conducting risk assessment
7) Applying risk assessment to practice
8) Special populations (e.g., females, IDD, transgender clients)

As a result of this training, participants will be better able to:
1) Describe the different approaches to risk assessment and varying types of risk assessment tools.
2) Explain the bio-psycho-social model of offending and the importance of assessing psychopathy within the risk assessment process.
3) Describe the core components of risk assessment.
4) Identify how adverse childhood experiences, trauma, and protective factors affect risk assessment.
5) Apply risk assessment protocols appropriately to special populations (for example, females and people with intellectual disabilities).
6) Integrate risk assessment within case/treatment/risk management plans.

Six Hours of Training

The training session starts at 10:00 am Eastern Time and runs until 5:00 pm. The charge is $180. Each registration includes a certificate, whether it be for CE credits hours or for attendance. You must attend the entire live training to be eligible for CE credits. If you seek only psychology credits, the evaluation is optional, and you can remain anonymous. If you are seeking counseling credit, you must submit an evaluation with your name and email address.

We can refund your training fee up to 24 hours prior to the start of the training.

Continuing Education Credit Hours

Continuing Excellence, LLC is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Continuing Excellence, LLC maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

How Risk/Need Assessment Informs and Enhances Case Planning has been approved by NBCC for NBCC credit. Continuing Excellence, LLC is solely responsible for all aspects of the program. NBCC Approval No. SP-4352.

This program is co-sponsored by Safer Society Press and Continuing Excellence, LLC
Continuing Excellence, LLC
P.O. Box 134, East Middlebury, VT 05740
Tel: (802) 771-4155

Katherine Gotch, LPC, CCSOT, ATSA-F
Clinician, evaluator, trainer, educator, Integrated Clinical & Correctional Services

Katherine “Katie” Gotch has worked in the field of sexual abuse prevention for over twenty years as a clinician, evaluator, trainer, educator, and in the development of evidence-informed public policy. She currently maintains a private practice, Integrated Clinical & Correctional Services, which provides specialized clinical and consultation services related to individuals with sexual behavior problems and other forms of abusive/violent behavior. She currently serves as the Public Policy Executive Board Member for ATSA, as a Board Member for NPEIV, and as the Policy Advisor for OATSA. She frequently provides training to correctional agencies, treatment providers, policy makers, and other community partners on sexual abuse specific assessment, management and treatment; static and dynamic risk; public policy; public/media engagement; and related topics. She is a certified Static-99R/STABLE & ACUTE-2007 trainer.

Additional Information

This training is for professionals working with people who have perpetrated abuse. Professionals who will benefit from this training include social workers, psychologists, clinical counselors, and interested paraprofessionals.

Content Level
Introductory to Intermediate

The presenter does not have published materials related to the training from which they may benefit financially.

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