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Assessing Risk of Violence in Adolescents and Children: SAVRY and EARL

Facilitator: Professor Chris Webster
Two-day Workshop (14-15th September 2009, Cardiff, UK)

Understanding and predicting acts of violence are an important part of the management of young offenders. In this workshop you will be introduced to the structured professional judgment approach to risk appraisal and management as is pertains to young offenders.
In particular you will be introduced to
(1) SAVRY (Structured Assessment of Violence Risk in Youths). 
The SAVRY is useful in the assessment of either male or female adolescents between the ages of 12 and 18 years. It may be used by professionals in a variety of disciplines who conduct assessments and/or make intervention/supervision plans concerning violence risk in youth, and

(2) The 
Early Assessment Risk List for Boys (EARL-20B) and Girls (EARL-21G).
The EARLs are structured clinical risk assessment devices that provide a comprehensive framework to evaluate risk factors known to influence young children's propensity to engage in future antisocial behavior. They are research-based and informed by the clinical expertise of people with extensive experience treating children under the age of 12 with conduct problems.

The workshop is aimed at all professions for whom the prediction and management of violent behaviour in children or adolescents is important and the workshop hopes to benefit from this multi-disciplinary approach. The assessment instruments are also applicable to inpatient and community psychiatric, forensic, and correctional populations.

Facilitator - Professor Chris Webster.
Professor Webster is a leading international figure in the field of risk assessment and is author of some of the most well-used instruments (e.g, HCR-20, SARA, SVR-20).
He began his career working with autistic and conduct disordered children and became Director of the School of Child and Youth Care at The University of Victoria.
In the early 1990s he became Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychology at Simon Fraser University. Upon his return to Toronto in the late 1990s, he again began working with children facing conduct difficulties.
In this context, at the Child Development Institute, he helped evolve risk assessment schemes for under-12 boys (EARL-20B) and girls (EARL-21G) who face conduct difficulties. He continues to publish, teach, and research in the area of violence risk assessment and management.

£475 - Fees comprise registration, manuals, workshop materials, certificate of attendance, tea/coffee & lunch. 
Thanks to the sponsorship of the Welsh Assembly Government we are able to offer these courses at discount prices for those working within Welsh Institutions – (£425) 

Further information and discussion of training needs can be sought from

Nicola Gray
PO Box 5207
Cardiff CF5 9BR
phone number  02920 874937