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Assessing Risk in Mental Health and the Criminal Justice System

Friday 5 October 2018
De Vere West One Conference Centre, London

Assessing Risk in Mental Health and the Criminal Justice System

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Practitioners in health, social care and the criminal justice system have to manage challenging risk issues in their day to day work, often without the necessary tools for doing so. This can be a daunting task in a culture which attributes blame when things go wrong. It can lead to defensive practice and detracts from understanding the complex and subtle issues involved in making sense of why people engage in behaviours which are harmful to themselves and others, when they are likely to carry out such acts and interpersonal context of managing them.

This conference marks the launch of a new book, Assessing Risk: A Relational Approach, which offers a novel framework for making sense of assessing and managing risks relating to violent and sexual offending. The speakers will draw on mainstream empirical research relating to risk and present new research findings using innovative implicit association techniques for studying links between violence and excitement. The conference will address intrapersonal and interpersonal dimensions in managing risk and highlight the significance of childhood development in understanding violent and sexually violent acts, and the complicated interpersonal processes involved in managing individuals who have a propensity to violent enactment. These dynamic processes between people impact on risk and risk perception, and can distort judgement if not recognised and understood. The speakers will discuss the problematic issues in communicating risk to the general public and the institutional context of managing such people.

The speakers will draw on their considerable experience working with and undertaking research with high risk individuals. The conference would be of interest to clinicians and practitioners in mental health services, social care and the criminal justice system.

Benefits of attending:

  • You will learn about new innovations in assessing and managing risks of harmful behaviour.
  • Presented with up to date developments in research relating to violence and cognition.
  • Gain knowledge on a variety of approaches to risk assessment and obtain an understanding of the limitations of different methods.
  • Develop insight into clinical and practical applications of knowledge relating to risk.
  • Reflect on risks relating to internet pornography users.
  • Engage with the complicated issues associated with the perception of risk and communication of risk related issues to the general public.
  • Consider a framework for thinking about the challenging
  • interpersonal issues involved in managing high risk individuals.
  • Think about the organisational aspects of managing high risk
  • people in institutional settings and in the community.

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