HCR-20 Train-the-Trainer – London and York, UK
For ethical, legal, and clinical reasons, it is very risky for professionals to provide training in the use of a specific risk assessment tool – or for others to take training provided by them – unless the professionals have demonstrated competence in both the use of the tool and the training of others to use the tool. We are unable to endorse others as trainers unless we have directly evaluated their knowledge of principles of violence risk assessment generally, their familiarity with the professional and scientific literature concerning the HCR-20, their skills in the use of the HCR-20 V3, their skills with respect to training professionals, and the accuracy of the training material they use.
However, there are many professionals around the world who want training to use the HCR-20 V3 – in English, as well as in many other languages. Also, we know many professionals around the world who, in our estimation, would make excellent trainers. To help fill the gap in qualified trainers, we have developed an official “Train-the-Trainer” program that, for the first time, will allow us to certify others to deliver approved HCR-20 V3 training.
The Train-the-Trainer course is intended for professionals who already have experience using the HCR-20. It is appropriate for mental health, nursing, criminal justice, forensic, correctional, law enforcement, and occupational health and safety professionals. Please contact us with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Step 1 – Registration (For London, complete by May 27, 2016; For York, complete by November 4, 2016)
Please submit the registration form, along with a resume outlining your experience with violence risk assessment generally; the Structured Professional Judgment model; and the HCR-20 Versions 2 or 3.
Step 2 – Qualification (For London, complete by July 29, 2016; For York, complete by January 6, 2017)
An important step in becoming a certified trainer is to demonstrate foundational knowledge and skills through successful completion of a written examination on violence risk assessment and the HCR-20 V3; and submission of an anonymised work product in the form of a violence risk assessment report based on the HCR-20 V3.
- Submit resume outlining professional experience of relevance to violence risk assessment and the HCR-20
- Submit one anonymised written risk assessment report based on the HCR-20 V3
- Successfully complete an examination on Structured Professional Judgment and the HCR-20 V3
- If necessary, complete remediation tasks
Step 3 – Training (London dates are September 27-29, 2016; York dates are March 7-9, 2017)
The third step is to demonstrate advanced knowledge and skills by successfully completing a 3-day advanced training provided by HCR-20 V3 authors. This session includes a walk-through and demonstration of approved training materials, with explanations of the reasoning behind the materials, and the primary teaching points to be communicated to participants. It also includes discussion of issues in professional education, including how to optimize audience engagement and facilitate proper implementation of the HCR-20 V3 in various settings. The in-person session will also include opportunities to practice delivering training material.
Prior to the in-person training, participants will:
- receive a link to watch a 2-day HCR-20 workshop conducted by two of the HCR-20 V3 authors, and will watch this prior to the in-person session
- receive the HCR-20 training materials, along with a script for teaching points
- receive key readings about formulation and scenario planning, along with case materials
Step 4 – Practice (For London, by November 9, 2016; For York, by May 8, 2017)
The fourth step is to demonstrate training skills through supervised practice and review of participant evaluations.
- Participants will submit two HCR-20 V3 reports for evaluation
- Participants will prepare their own HCR-20 V3 workshop (using our training materials) and present portions of it to the HCR-20 authors through video conference
- Upon successful completion, participants will receive formal certification and a license to use for all HCR-20 training materials, and to represent themselves as certified HCR-20 V3 trainers
Step 5 – Renewal and Support
The fifth step is to demonstrate on-going registration and qualifications through continuing education activities, and to take advantage of our on-going support system.
Participants must maintain annual registration status by:
- Annually, submission of HCR-20 training video based on a training session they have provided, or permission for an HCR-20 author to attend a live training
- Annually, submission of written summary of 3-4 readings on the topic of Structured Professional Judgment or the HCR-20
- Annually, attendance (live or virtually) at a booster training
There are numerous benefits in becoming a certified HCR-20 V3 trainer, for those who want to undertake in-house or closed training, as well as those who want to provide public or open training.
First, certified trainers will receive formal documentation attesting to this.
Second, at their request, their names will be published on the HCR-20 website (www.hcr-20.com).
Third, they will receive a license to use, adapt, or translate the authors’ official training materials, including any new, revised or updated materials.
Fourth, your workshop participants who complete workshops led by certified trainers will receive formal documentation of same, and a copy of this documentation will be kept on record for their future use.
Fifth, we will provide substantial on-going support, as follows:
- Support services (Q&As, trouble-shooting)
- Research updates
- SharePoint folder to distribute updated training materials
- Webinar access
- Intelligence Newsletter
- Marketing support
To register for this programme, please complete the registration form on our brochure!