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Short-Term Assessment of Risk and Treatability 

Facilitators: Dr Tonia Nichols and Dr Sarah Desmarais (University of British Coloumbia)

 One-day Workshops

The Short-Term Assessment of Risk and Treatability (START; Webster, Martin, Brink, Nicholls, & Middleton, 2004) is a 20-item clinical guide (Structured Professional Judgment) for the dynamic assessment of seven risk domains (violence to others, suicide, self-harm, self-neglect, unauthorized absence, substance use, and victimization).

 The START represents a refinement in the assessment of dynamic risk factors in that it provides for the differential coding of both patient strengths and needs, while allowing for the recording of case-specific risk factors.

 The START is meant for interdisciplinary use and therefore the workshops should be of value to many disciplines. However, the one-day workshops assume that the person is familiar with the structured professional judgment approach to risk assessment and so delegates should have already attended a training course on such an instrument (e.g., HCR-20).

 The START is intended for use with adults with mental illness, personality and substance related disorders.

 It is relevant to inpatient and community psychiatric, forensic, and correctional populations.

 Fees £ 300 - Fees comprise registration, workshop materials, certificate of attendance, tea/coffee & lunch.

Fees include provision of the START technical manual.

 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 – (£ 250)

 Further information and discussion of training needs can be sought from

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