Fall 2015 Assessing Risk for Violence in Clinical Practice

September 11 2015, Friday, one-day program

Institute of Law, Psychiatry, and Public Policy Offices, Charlottesville VA


The full-day program provides an introductory to intermediate instructional level that will inform a variety of mental health professionals, mental health facility and program administrators, law enforcement professionals, education professionals, and others interested to learn about assessing risk for violence in their practice settings.

Program topics include overview of risk assessment (history, process, ethical considerations), empirically supported risk factors, structured risk assessment instruments, risk communications and report writing.  The HCR:20 instrument is presented including an exercise using a case example. Faculty will also discuss proceeding from risk assessment to risk management. This program meets one of the training requirements for clinicians who conduct VA DBHDS Commissioner evaluations for NGRI acquittees.

The formal program is expected to be from 9:00 AM through 4:30 PM with AM and PM breaks and lunch break on your own.

Faculty for the program will be Daniel Murrie PhD, Director of Psychology with ILPPP and Angela N. Torres PhD, ABPP, Region IV Jail Team Supervisor with Richmond Behavioral Health Authority.  Evaluation by participants in past presentations of this program have given these faculty and this content exceptional scores for achieving educational objectives.

No faculty have disclosed financial relationships with any commercial interests that would conflict with their presentation and no commercial support has been accepted for the training program. Questions regarding faculty disclosures should be directed to els2e@virginia.edu

Educational Objectives

At the conclusion of the program participants will be able to

Identify ethical issues involved with conducting risk assessments

Define base rates for violence in various populations

Identify empirically supported risk factors including dynamic and static risk factors

Discuss clinical aspects of risk assessment

Discuss features of structured risk assessment instruments  (including a practice exercise)

Describe elements of a risk assessment report and effective risk communications


The program will be held at offices of the Institute of Law, Psychiatry, and Public Policy, at 1230 Cedars Court, Suite 108, Charlottesville, Virginia 22903. Please use your favorite mapping tools to find directions from your address.

Cedars Court is a cul de sac off Barracks Road with community banks on both corners of the intersection of Cedars Court and Barracks Road. Turn off Cedars Court into the 1228-1230 office center. Come to the rear parking area, to find entrances to ILPPP offices, Suite 108, in the 1230 building. There is ample free parking. Please do not park in the '2-hour limited' spaces: patients arriving to various clinics need these spaces. Thank you.

Public transportation closest to ILPPP is Route 5 bus with Charlottesville Area Transit: Public bus routes for Charlottesville area


Application for registration is made through your individual user profile created with the ILPPP website. Please create your profile, or get automated help to find your profile if you have forgotten your profile name or password, from this page: http://cacsprd.web.virginia.edu/ILPPP/OREM/Registrant/SignIn

After you apply for registration you will receive an automated email confirming that ILPPP has received your application. Acceptance into a program is not automatic because capacity limitations and public mental health system needs are considered. After ILPPP formally accepts you into the program you will receive another automated email that confirms your registration and includes your invoice information and online payment instructions.

Before the program ILPPP will send further information to assist your planning. Questions about registration may go to els2e@virginia.edu or to telephone 434-924-5126 where you may also leave a message (please clarify the program title and date about which you are inquiring in any message you leave). We look forward to your participation in programs of the Institute and are delighted to assist you with your questions.

Registration & Cancellation Fees and Refund Policy

Registration fees: Employees of VA DBHDS facilities and Community Services Boards/Behavioral Health Authorities: $65. Others: $150. Cancellation fee: $25

A full registration fee refund will be processed only if the registrant has submitted the cancellation notice to ILPPP no later than 7 days prior to the first day of the program. If registration is cancelled 6 days or less days prior there is a $25 cancellation service charge which will be deducted from the program’s registration fee. The remainder of the registration fee will be processed within 10 days following the end of the training program. Please allow 30 days following the end of the training program to receive the refund. Refunds will be processed according to the method of original payment (check, credit card or EDI-transfer).

Continuing Education Accreditations

The program is presented by Institute of Law, Psychiatry, and Public Policy at the University of Virginia (ILPPP). The program is jointly sponsored by the Office of Continuing Medical Education of the University of Virginia School of Medicine, VA Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services ( VA DBHDS), and ILPPP. Continuing Education credits/hours will be available.

Please review following information carefully. ILPPP seeks various Continuing Education (CE) accreditations. These accreditations involve considerable time and costs and have widely variable rules that must be administered. Please also remember that a professional governed by a health professional regulatory board, office, or agency is responsible for knowing the current law, regulations, rules, and deadlines governing their practice or employment. The Virginia Department of Health Professions may be found at http://www.dhp.virginia.gov/

Up to 6 hours/credits of CE are expected for this program depending on the final agenda and completion of the training. Continuing education is requested, paid for, and awarded only after the completion of the program.

American Psychological Association: The Institute of Law, Psychiatry and Public Policy at the University of Virginia is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Institute of Law, Psychiatry and Public Policy at the University of Virginia maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Approval standards require 100% participation in each day for which CE award is requested.

Fees: These credits are available through ILPPP at $6 per credit hour.

Office of CME of the UVA School of Medicine: Please read Required Statement regarding Education Activity* and Accreditation and Designation Statements** below.

Fees: American Medical Association PRA Category 1 Credits (tm) - sometimes called CME/Continuing Medical Education, or particular interest to physicians - are available at $12 per credit. Other professionals may also be interested in a certificate of Hours of Participation available through joint sponsorship of the program with the Office of Continuing Medical Education of the UVA School of Medicine, which are available at $12 per hour.

Virginia Mandatory CLE Board: For some programs accreditation of CLE credit hours are applied for through the Virginia State Bar's Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Board. Accreditation of CLE has not been applied for for this program. There is no fee for award of Continuing Legal Education.

Virginia DCJS Partial In-Service Credit-Career Development/Elective: For some programs accreditation of Partial In-Service Credit (PIC)-Career Development/Elective hours are applied for through the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) for sworn criminal justice officers under the purview of VA DCJS.  For this program the PIC award is 5.75 total hours allocated as 5.75 hours Career Development/Elective hours. There is no fee for award of Partial In-Service Credits.

Requesting other specialty Continuing Education accreditations : A registrant interested in Continuing Education awards other than those names above may inquire with ILPPP about the specialty accreditation(s) that in their interest ( e.g. through NASW, NBCC, etc). Specialty CE accreditations require additional time and costs and have strict deadlines; therefore, please inquire not less than 6-8 weeks before the program date in order to allow time to consider the specialty accreditation, make the application if appropriate, and to assign appropriate charges for awarding credit. Please inquire at els2e@virginia.edu Thank you.

Of interest to Virginia Social Workers:  According to Regulations Governing the Practice of Social Work of the Virginia Board of Social Work at 18 VAC 140-20-10 et seq., Revised September 26, 2013 (Statutory Authority: §§ 54.1-2400 and Chapter 37 of Title 54.1 of the Code of Virginia) regarding continued competency requirements for renewal of an active license contact hours of continuing education may be obtained from a combination of board-approved activities, that may include c. Workshops, seminars, conferences, or courses in the behavioral health field offered by federal, state or local social service agencies, public school systems or licensed health facilities and licensed hospitals (18VAC140-20-105. Continued competency requirements for renewal of an active license)". The University of Virginia Health System is a licensed hospital.

A participant completing the program may request after the conclusion of the program a complimentary email confirming attendance in the program.

Any Continuing Education must be requested and paid for at the conclusion of the ILPPP program and within one week of the program. ILPPP accepts CE payment by cash or check only (check should be made payable to 'ILPPP'). Credit Card or EDI transfer payments are not accepted for CE payment.

For questions regarding CE, please contact Edward Strickler at 434-924-5126 or ELS2E@virginia.edu. Thank you.


Jointly Provided by the Office of Continuing Medical Education of the University of Virginia School of Medicine
and Institute of Law, Psychiatry, and Public Policy.


This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the
Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the University
of Virginia School of Medicine and Institute of Law, Psychiatry, and Public Policy. The University of Virginia
School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Virginia School of Medicine designates this program for a maximum of
6 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the
extent of their participation in the activity.

The University of Virginia School of Medicine awards hours of participation (equivalent to AMA PRA Category 1
Credit(s)TM) to each non-physician participant who successfully completes this educational activity.
Institute of Law, Psychiatry, and Public Policy maintains a permanent record of participants who have been
awarded CEUs.