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Structured Professional Judgment in Sexual Offender Risk Assessment
The New Jersey Psychological Association is presenting an all-day Specialized Training on Structured Professional Judgment in Sexual Offender Risk Assessment by Doug Boer, PhD on Saturday October 20, 2012 from 9:00 am – 11:00 am and 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm at the Woodbridge Renaissance Hotel in Iselin, New Jersey, USA.
Sexual offender risk assessment can be divided into two markedly different schools of thought and practice: the actuarial approach and structured professional judgement (SPJ). Actuarial tests, like life insurance tables, look at group data and provide a group-based risk estimate on shared historical commonalities with groups of recidivists. SPJ instruments, like the SVR-20, provide the clinician structure to their clinical and forensic risk assessment that dovetails meaningfully into risk management for treatment and supervision. This workshop will teach the use of the SVR-20, a structured clinical checklist designed for the risk assessment of sexual violence in sex offenders, and discuss the SVR-20 2nd edition. A new SPJ risk assessment tool, The Assessment of Risk and Manageability of Intellectually Disabled IndividuaLs who Offend – Sexually (ARMIDILO-S) will also be presented as the ID population requires unique considerations for risk management and intervention.
Dr. Boer is a world-leading expert in forensic psychology and correctional systems. He is the Vice President of the International Association for the Treatment of Sexual Offenders (IATSO) and Senior Editor of the well-received International Perspectives on the Assessment and Treatment of Sexual Offenders published by Wiley-Blackwell in 2011. He began working at the University of Waikato in January of 2006. Prior to 2006, he worked for the Correctional Service of Canada for 15 years in a variety of contexts. Amongst his numerous contributions, Dr. Boer co-authored the Sexual Violence Risk-20 (SVR-20) and the Assessment of Risk and Manageability of Intellectually Disabled Individuals who Offend – Sexually (ARMIDILO-S). These are two psychosexual risk assessment tools implementing a structured professional judgement method. Dr. Boer is the New Zealand editor of the journal Sexual Abuse: Australia, New Zealand and is on several other editorial boards, including the IATSO e-journal Sex Offender Treatment, The Journal of
Aggression, Conflict and Peace Research, and the British Journal of Forensic Practice amongst others. Dr. Boer is also a Research Associate of the Institute of Sex Research and Forensic Psychiatry at the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, Germany, a Clinical Advisor to the KAOS programme at the Hospital Brøset, Trondheim, Norway, and a Visiting Professor in the Department of Psychiatry of the University of São Paulo, Brazil.