Workshops

Full Day Workshop (Wednesday April 14 from 9:00am-4:00pm EST)

A Primer on the Use of the Static-99R, Stable-2007, and Acute-2007 in the Management of Persons Who Have Sexually Offended

The technologies available to practitioners who work in sexual violence prevention have progressed considerably in the past quarter century. One particular advancement, the development of actuarial risk assessment instruments, is arguably one of the most important steps forward in making society safer. The most popular of these tools – the Static-99R, Stable-2007, and Acute-2007 – represent a suite of related tools useful in assessing long-term risk for sexual reoffending and identifying current supervision and treatment priorities. This workshop will provide a comprehensive overview of these tools, known collectively as the Dynamic Supervision Project (DSP). This workshop is not a certification-level training on the DSP tools; however, it will appeal to trained users looking for a comprehensive refresher, or provide an introduction to these tools for others who receive risk assessment information and implement or oversee risk management plans.

Dr. Robin J. Wilson

Robin J. Wilson, Ph.D., ABPP is a Canadian researcher, educator, and board-certified clinical psychologist who has worked in sexual violence prevention in hospital, correctional, and private practice settings for more than 35 years. Robin has published and presented internationally on the assessment, treatment, and risk management of social and sexual psychopathology. Robin maintains an international practice in clinical and consulting psychology based in Sarasota, Florida, and is an Assistant Clinical Professor (Adjunct) of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. Robin’s current interests are focused on collaborative models of risk management and restoration as persons of risk are transitioned from institutional to community settings, in addition to ensuring responsive clinical and supervisory service delivery for individuals with special needs.

Full Day Workshop (Wednesday April 14 from 9:00am-4:00pm EST)

Training in the Use of the SAPROF

The Structured Assessment of Protective Factors for violence risk (SAPROF) is an SPJ assessment tool specifically designed for the structured assessment of protective factors for violence risk in adults. The tool has been developed to be used in addition to (primarily) risk-focused risk assessment tools, such as the HCR-20V3 , HARM, VRS(-SO), SSA or LS/CMI. The 17 protective factors of the SAPROF are almost all dynamic, in order to inspire focus on strengths and positive development. Including the SAPROF protective factors in the risk assessment process may stimulate positive treatment initiatives, offer additional guidelines for risk management, support release decision-making and provide new opportunities for strengths-based treatment evaluation. Upon completion of this course, attendees will be able to use the SAPROF in practice.

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Dr. Michiel de Vries Robbé is a psychologist and senior researcher at the department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry of the Amsterdam University medical center in The Netherlands, and associate professor at the department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences of McMaster University and St. Joseph’s Healthcare in Hamilton, Canada. His research focuses primarily on violence risk assessment, in particular risk screening and protective factors for (violence) risk for adults, juveniles and children. He is co-author of the SAPROF and the SAPROF - Youth Version and of the Violence Risk Screener (adult and youth) and the FAM, is involved in various new protective factor developments and coordinates the international SAPROF project.

Dr. Michiel de Vries Robbé

Half Day Workshop (Wednesday April 14 from 9:00am-12:00pm EST)

eHARM Training Certification: Improving Patient and Staff Safety

The electronic Hamilton Anatomy of Risk Management (eHARM) is an Excel-based structured professional judgment tool the guides the assessor(s) to formulate opinions regarding risk of violence. The eHARM was created to bring all information to bear in assessing risk, foster and document discussion of risk among clinical team members, and provide a guided, continuous risk assessment and management process. It combines both historical/static and dynamic factor to assess risk as reflected in the literature. Although initially designed for an inpatient forensic population, it has been adapted or modified for general psychiatric inpatient, community, and youth forensic patient groups.

 

eHARM and AIS workshop is provided by the authors of the tool, Drs. Mini Mamak and Gary Chaimowitz. The workshop provides trainees with the theoretical framework of risk assessment approaches and the development of the eHARM tool. Trainees are then provided an with an overview of the tools including the eHARM, AIS and Aggregator. Case studies and practice exercises are provided throughout the workshop.

Dr. Gary Chaimowitz

Dr. Chaimowitz is the Head of Service and the Academic Lead of the Forensic Psychiatry Program at St. Joseph’s Healthcare, Hamilton.  He is holds the title of Professor with the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences, Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster University and he is a Certified Physician Executive through the American College of Physicians.  He is Vice-Chair of the Psychiatry Section of the Ontario Medical Association and Past President of the Ontario Psychiatric Association. In addition, he chairs the Forensic Psychiatry Specialty Committee of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and has been granted Forensic Psychiatry Founder Status. He is a Past President of the Medical Staff Association of St Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, is on the Board of the International Association of Forensic Mental Health Services and the Council of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law. He is also the Co-Chair of the Ontario Forensic Directors Group, Distinguished Fellow of the Canadian Psychiatric Association and American Psychiatric Association, and a Member of the Ontario and Nunavut Review Boards.  Dr. Chaimowitz is also the Vice-Chair of the Consent and Capacity Board.  He also holds a MBA from the University of Toronto. 

Dr. Mini Mamak

Dr. Mamak is the Senior Psychologist at the Forensic Psychiatry Program at St. Joseph’s Healthcare, Hamilton. Dr. Mamak also holds the status of Associate Professor with the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences at McMaster University.  In addition, Dr. Mamak is a member of the Board of Advisory for the Canadian Critical Incident Association and a member of the Ontario Review Board. Her professional and research interests include aggression, female offending, risk prediction, and hostage negotiations. Dr. Mamak has provided psychological and threat assessment services to both private and public sector organizations both nationally and internationally. She has been a sought-after speaker and has presented at numerous conferences and workshops.

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Half Day Workshop (Wednesday April 14 from 1:00pm-4:00pm EST)

Cutting the Edge: New Developments in Structured Professional Judgement

A workshop on the innovative use of structured professional judgement in new areas of outcome measurement. Learning outcomes include an introductory knowledge of:

 

  1. Triage

  2. Treatment completion and forensic recovery

  3. Functional mental capacities

  4. Proportionality of violence prevention measures (seclusion, restraint, extra medication)

  5. Causal formulation and goal setting in forensic psychiatry

Dr. Harry Kennedy

Dr. Harry Kennedy is a consultant forensic psychiatrist and executive clinical director, National Forensic Mental Health Service, Central Mental Hospital, Dundrum, Dublin 14, Ireland. Clinical Professor of Forensic Psychiatry Trinity College Dublin.  Honorary Skou professor of forensic psychiatry, University of Aarhus.

 

Professor Kennedy also teaches forensic psychiatry and publishes research on the epidemiology of homicide and suicide, triage and recovery in therapeutically safe and secure pathways (DUNDRUM toolkit), forensic models of care, neuroscience and violence, mental health law and human rights.