PUBLIC TRAINING CALENDAR
This workshop is intended as an introduction for practitioners working with victims and/or perpetrators of family violence. Drawing on evidence from the family violence and risk assessment literatures, participants will learn specific strategies for assessing family violence risks and identifying appropriate interventions. The workshop will involve a combination of didactic and case-based learning, with a particular emphasis on intimate partner violence. There will be a practical focus on perpetrator risk management and victim safety planning strategies, including specialist referral options in Victoria.
Dr Melisa Wood is a Clinical and Forensic Psychologist and Senior Psychologist at Forensicare. She is experienced in working with both victims and perpetrators of family violence and has provided consultation to Victoria Police Family Violence Teams in relation to risk assessment and management.
Assoc. Prof. Troy McEwan is a Clinical and Forensic Psychologist and Senior Psychologist at Forensicare, and an Associate Professor of Clinical and Forensic Psychology at the Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science at Swinburne University. She conducts research into stalking and family violence, and consults to Victoria Police on strategies to improve risk assessment in family violence cases
Forensic mental health increasingly recognises that personality disorders and problematic personality traits are frequently associated with offending in general. With some forms of offending there are more specific associations. Moreover, personality disorder profoundly influences the capacity of mental health services and individual clinicians to engage effectively with clients at risk of offending.
In this workshop we will focus upon these associations, seeking to develop an understanding of: how best to assess and manage personality-disordered clients who have offended or are at risk of doing so; service and clinician factors which may assist in engagement; and how DSM-V personality disorder categories alter approaches to personality disorder.
Professor James Ogloff AM is Director of Psychological Services at Forensicare, Foundation Professor of Forensic Behavioural Science Swinburne University of Technology, and Director of the Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science.
Dr Danny Sullivan is a forensic psychiatrist and Clinical Director at Forensicare.
Dr Aleksandra Belofastov is Chief Psychologist Community Operations & Manager Problem Behaviour Program at Forensicare
Dr Raj Darjee is a forensic psychiatrist with Forensicare’s Problem Behaviour Program and a Senior Research Fellow (Adjunct) with the Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science, Swinburne University of Technology.
This workshop will focus on the formulation and management of risk in mental health and criminal justice settings. After outlining the limitations of risk assessment and formulation, a model of risk formulation will be presented, with the aim of assisting clinicians to write clear formulations that have a link with established risk reduction interventions. Prior knowledge of risk assessment instruments, as well as the use of risk, need, and responsivity principles is assumed.
Dr Meera Aurora is a Principal Psychologist at Forensicare
Chris Drake is a Principal Psychologist at Forensicare and Assistant Manager in the Problem Behaviour Program.
Fear, hatred, disgust and banishment dominate societal discourse about those who commit sexual offences. Legal measures to control the risk posed by sexual offenders are expanding. In this context, it is important that practitioners and services understand the research evidence base and best practice in the assessment, treatment and management of those who sexually offend.
This full day workshop will give attendees an up-to-date detailed and evidence based overview of: the nature and prevalence of sexual offending; theoretical models of sexual offending; the relationship between sexual offending and mental disorders; risk factors, protective factors and risk assessment; managing sexual offenders; pharmacological treatment; psychological treatment; and, online sexual offending.
It is suitable for practitioners from mental health, correctional, police or legal backgrounds who want to develop their knowledge of sexual offenders.
Dr Raj Darjee is a Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist with the Forensicare Problem Behaviour Program and Senior Research Fellow (Adjunct) at the Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science, Swinburne University of Technology. Raj has worked with perpetrators of sexual abuse in community, prison, court and forensic hospital contexts in the UK and in Australia for over 15 years. He took a lead clinical role in Scotland, working with government, forensic mental health services, corrections and the police in developing and implementing policies for the management of sexual offenders. He has also researched and published on many forensic topics, including sexual violence.
Dr Rachael Watson is a Clinical and Forensic Psychologist at Forensicare
Dr Marie Henshaw is a Clinical and Forensic Psychologist at Forensicare
The Paul Mullen Centre
Community Forensic Mental Health Service
505 Hoddle Street
Clifton Hill Victoria 3068
Fax: 9947 2599
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