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Risk Assessment for Predicting Future Violence by Individuals with Mental Illness (A042)
Course Code: A042


Barbara Beadles, MD

Medical Director of Forensic Psychiatry Services 

Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic

Christine Martone, MD 

Assistant Professor,     

Core Faculty Forensic  Psychiatry Fellowship

Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic

Chief Psychiatrist Behavior Assessment Unit

Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County Criminal Division

Edward P. Mulvey, PhD

Professor of Psychiatry

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic


Program Description:

This presentation will introduce the distinction between clinical and actuarial prediction of violent behavior.  It will also review the existing research literature on the accuracy of mental health clinicians to predict the occurrence of future violence and the different approaches that have been taken to assist clinicians in making these judgments.  An alternative model will be presented, one that incorporates the conditions that might promote or inhibit violence into the judgment process. Assessment for specific situations such as workplace, correctional facilities, public employees and the military will be discussed.

Educational Objectives:

At the conclusion of this program, participants should be able to:   

·         Examine the distinction and advantages of clinical and actuarial prediction methods.

·         Review the research base regarding the accuracy of violence prediction in individuals with mental illness.

·         Identify the most empirically validated factors related to future violence in individuals with mental illness.

·         Develop assessment techniques for specific situations.

Target Audience:

Mental health, drug and alcohol, and other health care professionals who regularly assess the likelihood of future violence

Continuing Education Credits:                

ACT 48 -- 2.0

CAC – 2.0

NBCC – 2.0
Psychologist – 2.0

SW – 2.0
CEU – 0.2

To View This Program:

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 Continuing Education Credit

Each program is offered for the designated number of continuing education credits

Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC Presbyterian is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC Presbyterian maintains responsibility or the program. This program is being offered for 2.0 continuing education credits.

Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC Presbyterian/Office of Education and Regional Programming is certified by the Pennsylvania Chemical Abuse Certification Board (PCACB) to provide Certified Addiction Counselor (CAC) continuing education credits for those participants attending the entire program. 2.0 PCACB hours have been approved for participation in this program.

Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP
TM) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program.

This program is offered for 2.0 hours of social work continuing education through co-sponsorship of the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Social Work, a Council on Social Work Education-accredited school and, therefore, a PA pre-approved provider of social continuing education. These credit hours satisfy requirements for LSW/LCSW, LPC and LMFT biennial license renewal. For information on social work continuing education call (412) 624-3711.

Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC Presbyterian is recognized by the Pennsylvania Department of Education to offer continuing education credits under the Act 48 guidelines. Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC Presbyterian adheres to the Act 48 Continuing Education Guidelines. Pennsylvania Educators will receive 2.0 hours of Act 48 credit for attending this complete program.

Nurses and other health care professionals are awarded 2.0 Continuing Education Units (CEU). One CEU is equal to 10 contact hours. Nurses: For attendance at this program you will receive a Certificate of Attendance confirming 2.0 hours of continuing education. These hours may be considered eligible in completing the 30 hours of continuing education required for bi-annual nursing re-licensure in Pennsylvania. Peer Specialists: This program fulfills requirements for Certified Peer Specialist continuing education.


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