Workshop: Short-Term Assessment of Risk and Treatability (START)

Thursday, October 22, 2020 - 8:30am to Friday, October 23, 2020 - 4:30pm







This live workshop on Short-Term Assessment of Risk and Treatability (START): An introduction to using structured professional judgement to assess for interconnected risks and case planning for diverse populations is presented by Drs. Sarah Desmarais and Tonia Nicholls.
This 2-day workshop provides foundational training on the use of the Short-Term Assessment of Risk and Treatability (START), a 20-item structured professional judgement guide developed to support decisions and case planning for persons with mental health and/or criminal justice needs and who may pose a risk of violence to self or others. The START provides for the differential coding of clinically relevant strengths and vulnerabilities to inform the assessment and management of violence and related risks (suicide, self-harm, substance abuse, victimization, etc.). This approach has been implemented and evaluated in more than 70 studies and translated into eight languages. It is recognized as a best practice for the assessment and management of violence and related risks.
Over the course of two days, this workshop will describe the development, design, and format of START as well as the results of existing and ongoing research. A case-based approach will be used to focus this training on the process of using the START to guide assessment and the use of START assessments to improve outcomes. This workshop will be interactive and use breakout rooms for case discussion and ratings.
October 22-23, 2020
8:30am – 4:30pm Pacific
14 Hours | 14 CEs
Intended Audience
This workshop is intended for correctional and behavioral health professionals working in diverse settings, from institutions to community-based agencies. It is appropriate for nurses, psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, parole officers, probation officers, and other allied behavioral health professionals who work in jails, prisons, civil psychiatric or forensic psychiatric hospitals, community-based treatment centers, shelters for homeless individuals, and probation or parole offices, among other settings. This workshop is for beginner, intermediate, and advanced level clinicians.
Location: Online
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