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Author Plate, Susan
Title Clinical doctoral training in violence risk assessment and risk management
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Descript 79 p
Note Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 70-03, Section: B, page: 1955
Adviser: Jack Schiemann
Thesis (Psy.D.)--The Wright Institute, 2009
Interpersonal violence is a major problem facing our society. Psychologists are increasingly requested by a number of agencies to evaluate a client's likelihood to become violent. Additionally, the majority of states enacted laws that require psychologists to protect the public if a client has threatened to become violent. The ability of the psychologist to assess for violence risk and effectively manage risk influences the freedom of the client and the safety of the public. Previous research has indicated that formal academic training programs in doctoral psychology have traditionally neglected to focus on training in violence risk assessment. This study investigates how academic graduate clinical training programs address issues of client violence. APA accredited clinical doctoral programs in California and New York were surveyed to inquire about the extent to which programs include empirically based aspects of violence risk assessment and risk management in their curriculum. The survey yielded a 53% response rate. Results demonstrate that there is no systematic and comprehensive minimum standard for training, beyond ethical and legal reporting requirements. There seems to be considerable variation in how this training is available for students, with many programs reporting that students receive the majority of training in this area in supervised clinical settings. Programs were more likely to offer comprehensive academic training if a core faculty member was an expert on the subject. Increased student exposure to coursework and reading on empirically derived risk assessment tools and techniques to reduce risk would help provide a foundation upon which students can develop a conceptual framework to address issues of client violence. Increased communication between programs could help develop minimum standards and allow programs that are addressing this comprehensively to share what is currently done
School code: 0253
Host Item Dissertation Abstracts International 70-03B
Subject Health Sciences, Education
Psychology, Clinical
Education, Higher
Alt Author The Wright Institute
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