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Forensic Assessment of Violence Risk: A Guide for Risk Assessment and Risk Management

Forensic Assessment of Violence Risk: A Guide for Risk Assessment and Risk Management

Mary Alice Conroy, Daniel C. Murrie

ISBN: 978-1-118-26967-1

Jan 2012

320 pages

Description

Forensic Assessment of Violence Risk: A Guide for Risk Assessment and Risk Management provides both a summary of research to date and an integrated model for mental health professionals conducting risk assessments, one of the most high-stakes evaluations forensic mental health professionals perform.
Preface vii

Acknowledgments xi

1 Historical Overview of Risk Assessment 1

2 Introducing a Broad Model for Risk Assessment 16

3 Risk of What? Defining the Referral Question 34

4 What Do We Know Overall? Consider Normative Data and Population Base Rates 45

5 What Do We Know about Individuals Like This One? Empirically Supported Risk and Protective Factors 67

6 What Do We Know about This Individual? Idiographic Factors and the Need for Individualized Assessment 83

7 What Can We Say about the Results of a Risk Assessment? Risk Communication 99

8 From Risk Assessment to Risk Management 135

9 Risk Assessment of Patients with Serious Mental Illness 153

10 Risk Assessment with Sexual Offenders 179

11 Risk Assessment with Juvenile Offenders 202

12 Risk Assessment of Death Penalty Defendants 235

Epilogue 255

Appendix A Risk Assessment Instruments 259

Appendix B Sample Risk Assessment Reports 269

References 309

Index 353

"Conroy and Murie have written a unique book. Readers will appreciate the useful appendixes, which include risk-assessment instruments and sample reports. This is a wonderful resource for those interested in assessing dangerousness in others. Highly recommended." (Choice, 4/08)

"This is a very nice book, primarily aimed at psychology trainees and other professionals who are preparing for forensic careers. One of the things I like about this book is its primary focus on understanding, managing and communicating about violence risk rather than prediction of individual behavior. This is one of those "must have" books for forensic mental health professionals." (Journal of Psychiatric Practice, January 2008)

  • Includes coverage for conducting assessments with a variety of populations: juveniles, sex offenders, psychiatric patients, adult violent offenders
  • Provides both a broad model and its application to specific populations
  • Provides unique coverage of both assessment and management of risk