Risk Assessment of Violence

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Barrie - September 23, 2019           (Click here for price and venue details)

$187.95 ($179 + GST) - Super Early Rate - On or before June 17, 2019
$198.45 ($189 + GST) - Early Rate - On or before August 12, 2019
$208.95 ($199 + GST) - Middle Rate - On or before September 9, 2019
$219.45 ($209 + GST) - Regular Rate - After September 9, 2019

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Workshop from 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. | What to Expect at the Workshop

Holiday Inn Barrie Hotel & Conference Centre | Venue Web Site
20 Fairview Road | Map and directions

Presented by Dr. Phillip J. Resnick, MD

Dr. Phillip J. ResnickDr. Phillip J. Resnick is a leading international authority on Forensic Psychiatry, specializing in the clinical prediction of the risk of violence and the assessment of malingering and deception. He has consulted on or provided expert testimony witness on a number of well-known criminal cases including those of Jeffrey Dahmer, Timothy McVeigh, Susan Smith, Andrea Yates and the Unabomber. Currently the Director of Forensic Psychiatry at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, he is also a past president of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law. He has written extensively on forensic topics and is well known as one of the most outstanding speakers in the field of forensic psychiatry today.

Workshop Description

One of the most important assessments that mental health practitioners must make today is the client's potential for violence. Different psychiatric disorders and diagnoses carry different levels of risk and history of personality traits and childhood antecedents will provide additional clues as to whether someone will become violent. During this one-day workshop, techniques and procedures will be discussed as will video case examples and case histories of persons who have committed violent acts.

Workshop Topics

Predicting Violence - Can it be Done?
- The Demographics of Violence Prone Individuals

What is the Risk of Violence in Psychiatric Diagnoses?
- The Impact of Mania, Depression, and Psychosis
- The Role of Paranoia
- How Likely is Violence to Occur?
- Assessing Persons with Delusions, Hallucinations, Erotomania, and Pre-Menstrual Tension

Clues in the History
- Personality Disorders and Traits
- Childhood Factors Correlated with Later Violence
- Affective vs. Predatory Violence
- History of Family Violence and Other Important Factors

Current Assessment of Dangerousness
- Behaviour and Risk Factors; Violence Assessment Tools
- The Problem of Countertransference
- Management of Previously Violent Individuals
- Duty to Warn Third Parties of Potential Violence

Homicide-Suicide: Who Commits Them and Why
- Spousal/Lover Homicide-Suicide: The Role of Conflict, Non-Conflict and Age
- Filicide-Suicide: Profile of the "Family Annihilator"; Role of Altruism
- Mass Murderers: Precipitating Events: The Plan and What Factors Predict the Killer's Decision to Suicide

Who Should Attend?

- Nurses, Psychiatrists, Clinical Psychologists, Psychiatric Social Workers and Counsellors, and allied staff who work in mental health, psychiatric, and forensic settings.
- Staff who work in adult or juvenile forensic and/or correctional settings
- Intake and front line staff
- Managers & Educators

** This workshop does NOT address violence in the elderly due to organic causes **


- "Extremely well presented. Information will be very useful in assisting my staff to identify at-risk clients." - Sharon Swanson, BSW

- "Excellent use of humour to redirect from a very sensitive series of topics – balanced with valuable practical information." - Gareth Thompson, Occupational Therapist

- “Excellent blend of empirical data and clinical advice. Best workshop I have attended in years. Fantastic.” - Angela Carter, Ph.D., C.Psych