Risk Assessment for Violence


Start: Friday, April 26, 2013 @ 8:30 AM (EDT)

The Brattleboro Retreat One Anna Marsh Lane P.O. Box 803
Brattleboro , VT 05302
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About This Activity

This workshop will provide a practical map through the marshy minefield of uncertainty in risk assessment for violence in psychiatric patients. Dr. Resnick will discuss dangerousness in persons with schizophrenia, mania, depression, and personality disorders, devoting special attention to which delusions and hallucinations are more likely to lead to violence. Dr. Resnick will also cover clinician duty to potential victims, the elucidation of violent threats, stalking, and the potential for murder-suicide.

In addition to the CEUs regularly offered by the Retreat, an application for approval to provide CLEs has been submitted to the Vermont Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Board.

Learning Objectives
At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will be able to:

1. Identify the relative risk of violence in schizophrenia,
 bipolar disorder, and substance abuse.

2. Specify four components of dangerousness.

3. Indicate three factors that increase the likelihood
 that violent command hallucinations will be obeyed.

Course Outline: 

    a. Demographics
    b. Approaches to Dangerousness 
    c. Specific Categories of Violence Prone Individuals 
    d. Special Situations 
    e. Personality Disorders and Traits 
    f. Childhood Factors Correlated with Later Violence 
    g. Risk Assessment for Future Violence 
    h. Current Assessment of Dangerousness 
     i. Violence Assessment Instruments 
    j. Classification of Risk Factors for Intervention and Decision Making 
    k. Risk Reduction Plans 
    l. Legal Issues in the Prediction of Violence 
    m. Special Considerations in Release of Persons who have been Violent 

Phillip J. Resnick, MD
, is a Professor of Psychiatry and Director, Division of Forensic Psychiatry at Case School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio. He served as a consultant in many high profile cases, including those of Jeffrey Dahmer, Susan Smith, Timothy McVeigh, Andrea Yates, Scott Peterson, Casey Anthony, Theodore Kaczynski, the Unabomber, and Brian Mitchell, the kidnapper of Elizabeth Smart. Dr. Resnick is a past president of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law.

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