A new online training program offers a unique opportunity for forensic psychologists and other mental health professionals to receive complete training in the administration of the RSVP (Risk for Sexual Violence Protocol) as well as the opportunity to complete 6 test cases to achieve maximal inter-rater reliability in scoring this protocol.
Dr. Stephen D. Hart, an internationally renowned expert in violence risk, has developed the online training program in conjunction with CONCEPT (Consolidated Continuing Education and Professional Training).
The RSVP is a set of structured professional judgment guidelines published by the Mental Health, Law, and Policy Institute at Simon Fraser University and designed to facilitate comprehensive, treatment-oriented sexual risk assessments.
The online training has two components. The first component is didactic. It involves a review of fundamental issues in the structured professional judgment approach to risk assessment and the administration of the RSVP. Dr. Hart presents information in a series of 4 videos and through a review of the RSVP Manual. The second component is practical and involves administration of the RSVP for 6 cases. Individualized feedback is provided for each completed case.
Continuing Education Credits Available
The training requires about 25 hours to complete: 5-7 hours for the first component (Part 1 on CONCEPT website), and approximately 18 hours (~ 3 hours per case) for the second component (Part 2 on CONCEPT website). Those who complete the training receive a certificate of competence as well as 25 hours of Continuing Education credits. CONCEPT is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA), the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists, and approved by the Canadian Association of Threat Assessment Professionals (CATAP) to sponsor Continuing education for its members. Continuing Education credits granted by CONCEPT may also be recognized by other organizations.
Those who wish to complete the training should have some specialized training or experience in either sex offender risk assessment or in the use of structured professional judgment guidelines for violence risk assessment (and preferably in both).* The training is available only in English.
The cost of the training is USD $500. For further details about this special training opportunity, please visit the CONCEPT website.