Assessing risk: a relational approach

Course overview

This ten week course offers you an innovative framework for understanding the complex and subtle issues involved in assessing and managing the risk of violence and sexual offending.  You may work in a variety of settings, including generic mental health services, social care, forensic mental health and the criminal justice system.

Given the current COVID-19 situation we are pleased to announce that this course will be offered online through secure video conferencing at the scheduled times below. If you are interested in joining the course but would like to know a bit more about how this might work before signing up, please contact us at CPDevents@tavi-port.ac.uk


This is a ten-week CPD short course and over the ten weeks, you will examine:

  • Introduction: models of risk assessment. Accuracy and limitations of different types of risk assessment.
  • Key psychodynamic concepts in understanding symptoms, offending and enactment.
  • Psychodynamics of the relationship between offender and victim, and between practitioner and client.
  • Psychodynamic theories of violence.
  • The impact of childhood development on adult enactment and offending: developmental history, attachment and cycles of violence and abuse.
  • Psychodynamic theories of sexual offending and perversion. 
  • Borderline and psychotic states of mind. 
  • What can be learned?

Each session will include a lecture and work discussion group.

This course is delivered by the renowned Portman Clinic and will introduce you to models of risk assessment and examine the accuracy and limitations of them.  You will examine key psychodynamic concepts in understanding symptoms, offending and enactment and gain an understanding of the impact of childhood development on adult enactment and offending.  You will also examine psychodynamic theories of sexual offending and perversion and borderline and psychotic states of mind.

This course is for you if  you are a clinician or practitioner working in generic mental health services, social care, forensic mental health or the criminal justice system and come into contact with individuals who present a risk of harm to others. You may be a clinician or practitioner who assess and manages risk of harm to self or others in individuals with severe psychopathology in secure and community settings.

Although there are no formal academic entry requirements, we ask that you have had some previous learning/experience in the basics of psychodynamic theory.

Typical Course Outline  

Introduction to the Course

Online Perversions

Violence and Psychopathy

Sexual Deviation, Perversions and Risk  

Stalking: A Relational Approach

Counter-transference Issues in working with Mentally Disordered Offenders 

Relational Security in Forensic Institutions

Attachment Issues in Offender Populations

Violence and Sexual Deviation in Adolescence

Offending as a Psychodynamic Enactment

The Psychoanalytic Understanding of Female Offenders

Conclusion  

This course will be delivered remotely using Zoom. This is very easy and safe to use regardless of your level of IT skill.
 
You will need a device with a microphone and camera together with a suitably fast internet connection. Although mobile devices and tablets can be used, we recommend the use of laptop or desktop PC for the best experience. Some devices provided by employers may have restrictions in place. Please use this test link (https://zoom.us/test) to check your set up before booking.
 
Additional resources for this course will be provided using Moodle, our virtual learning environment.
 
You will be sent joining instructions including all the necessary login links, passwords and guidance on how to use the relevant functionality about a week before the course start date.
Should you have any concerns about the accessibility of remote delivery please contact us at CPDEvents@tavi-port.ac.uk to discuss how we can best help you.

This course will now be offered online through secure video conferencing at the scheduled times below.

Friday afternoons - 2.30 to 4.30pm

on the following dates:

  • 25th September
  • 2nd, 9th and 16th October
  • 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th November
  • 4th and 11th December

£800

To apply please click on the green “APPLY” button on the left of your screen

Included in your course fee, you will receive online membership of the Tavistock’s internationally-renowned library for the duration of your course.Our friendly and knowledgeable library team will help to support you through your specialist CPD course, whatever your level of professional or academic experience. You will have access to an extensive range of eBooks, online journals, all the relevant key databases and our specialist audio-visual collection, plus reference access to all our print books. Our Information Skills Trainer has made lots of material available on Moodle to help you navigate our comprehensive electronic collections. PCs and photocopiers are also available for your use (charges apply for printing and copying).Library staff curate various online resources, such as Audio/Video Playlists, and regularly share helpful news and research on Twitter and Facebook. Find out more on the Library website:  https://library.tavistockandportman.ac.uk

Code:
P20
Qualification:
Certificate of attendance
Course length:
10 weeks
Attendance:
Part-time
Mode:
Online
Admission status:
Open
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Date:
September 2020 to December 2020

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