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HCR-20 Version 3, 2-Day Workshop, SPS College, Polmont, 14 & 15 December 2016


Version 3 of the HCR-20 is the latest version of a comprehensive set of professional guidelines for violence risk assessment and management based on the Structured Professional Judgement (SPJ) model. Version 3 has been developed over the the past 5 years on the basis of extensive clinical beta testing and empirical evaluation. Violence risk assessment […]

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Clinical Forum: Risk, 31st January 2017 – registration open

Clinical Forum

The next Clinical Forum: Risk will take place on Tuesday 31st January 2017 at the Scottish Prison Service College, Polmont.  Talks at this forum will be on the subject of Terrorism & Threat Assessment. Registration is now open.  Should you wish to attend please apply following this link to our online booking system.

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Clinical Forum: Sex Offender Practitioner

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”Effective Interviewing Skills”
Friday 02nd December 2016, SPS College Polmont
Dan Wilcox, Managing Director of Wilcox Associates Limited


In this workshop, Dan will aim to explore the development of more effective interviewing skills, including motivational interviewing, with men who commit sexual offences. The workshop aims to assist professionals in engaging more effectively with sex offenders to more accurately assess risk and contribute better to the monitoring and modifying of risk factors. Dan will explore the use of the mental status screening approach, and the development of disclosure enhancing techniques to assist the offender in improving engagement as well as self-control.
The focus of this engagement is supporting the offender to move towards a more pro-social life orientation in the future. Salter (1988) historically indicated that professionals in the field have been no less vulnerable to grooming and manipulation by sexual offenders than non-professionals. Indeed, Dan will posit that the introduction of static, dynamic, and acute risk assessment methodologies (Beech, Friendship, Erikson, Hanson, & Thornton, 2002; Hanson & Thornton, 2000; Thornton, 2002) has finally provided professionals the necessary framework to engage with offenders in an adequately informed way while still remaining empathic and clinically attuned. Dan will discuss strength-based approaches to treatment and the impact these can have of therapeutic outcomes.
For the afternoon session Dan is inviting attendees to bring cases you are currently working on, but has asked for a précis to be emailed in advance to
Delegate fee to attend is £25. Should you book a place and find that you are no longer able to attend please ensure you cancel your place before 2pm the day prior to the event as we often have a waiting list of people hoping for a place otherwise the full fee will still be charged. Please click here to book your place

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Last Updated: 21 September 2016