Violence Risk Assessment in Clinical Practice: Core concepts, risk management and ethical considerations (1.5 CEUs)
Develop familiarity with basic principles of violence risk assessment
Identify key elements of pathway warning behaviors
Recognize key concepts that are critical in assessing risk to harm others
Evaluate risk management strategies for clients who pose a risk to harm others
Review ethical issues related to violence risk management, including boundaries of competency
The majority of mental health practitioners received significant training in risk assessment in their gradate training programs, but this training focused primarily on risk to self with relatively little focus on risk to others. The prevalence of suicidal ideation amongst individuals seeking outpatient mental health treatment makes this type of assessment a critical skill for clinicians. Nevertheless, some mental health practitioners will have clients in their caseloads who pose a risk to others and some may be contemplating an act of mass violence.
The workshop will explore some of the recent research on violence risk assessment with an emphasis on warning behaviors, pathway to violence and risk factors. There will also be a review of key concepts in violence risk assessment, including leakage, deep backstage, injustice collecting, aggrieved entitlement, public suicide, perceived marginalization and pseudo-commando. An annotated reference list will be provided for participants who want to review these concepts in more depth.
Greg Lambeth, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist who worked at the University of Illinois Counseling Center for 22 years before being hired as Director of the University of Idaho’s Counseling and Testing Center in July, 2016.
Dr. Lambeth’s primary areas of clinical specialization include Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Autistic Spectrum Disorders, Sleep Disorders and Violence Risk Assessment. In addition, he chaired the Cognitive and Psychiatric Disability Treatment Team at the University of Illinois twenty years.
More recently, Dr. Lambeth served on the University of Illinois Behavioral Intervention Team and Threat Assessment Teams and he coordinated violence risk assessments for that campus. Dr. Lambeth has also had a private clinical practice in Urbana, Illinois for the past 22 years.
Dr. Lambeth has also been an avid birder since his early childhood and he has a long-standing interest in bird photography. His focus in recent years has been on educational issues related to birds and he has taught a variety of courses on bird identification. Dr. Lambeth’s bird photography, including photographs of birds observed in Idaho, can be seen here: http://greglambethbirdphotos.smugmug.com.
Continuing Education Credits:
1.5 Continuing Education credits for this workshop will be awarded by University of Idaho Counseling and Testing Center (No extra cost). CEUs available for psychologists, counselors, social workers, marriage and family therapists. Partial CEUs are not available. Pre-approval will be filed to WMHCA for counselors in WA.