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Harm to Others: The Assessment and Treatment of Dangerousness

Harm to Others: The Assessment and Treatment of Dangerousness

Brian Van Brunt

ISBN: 978-1-119-22167-8

Nov 2015

272 pages

Select type: O-Book


Harm to Others offers students and clinicians an effective way to increase their knowledge of and training in violence risk and threat assessment, and it also provides a comprehensive examination of current treatment approaches. Although the text includes many examples from K–12 and college/university settings, which are particularly relevant for mental health professionals in school settings, the underlying concepts and suggestions are useful for counselors, psychologists, and social workers who face these issues in their daily practice.

In an easy-to-understand, jargon-free manner, Dr. Van Brunt shares his observations, extensive clinical expertise, and the latest research on what clinicians should be aware of when performing risk and threat assessments. In addition, he offers numerous examples from recent mass shootings and rampage violence to help explain the motivations and risk factors of those who make threats. Two detailed case examples are presented to illustrate key concepts related to assessing dangerousness. Treatment options are then described, using a variety of diverse case studies to demonstrate concrete approaches for clients who have been identified as at risk for violence following a threat assessment.

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Preface vii

About the Author xi

PART 1 Assessment of Violence

Chapter 1 Understanding Violence 5

Chapter 2 Preparing for the Assessment 23

Chapter 3 Case Studies 41

Chapter 4 Central Threat Concepts 79

Chapter 5 Additional Threat Concepts 93

Chapter 6 Risk Factors Identified in the Literature 109

Chapter 7 Structured Professional Judgment 121

PART 2 Treatment of Dangerousness

Chapter 8 Learning to Listen 143

Chapter 9 Understanding Their Story 153

Chapter 10 Learning to Think Differently 165

Chapter 11 Taking It Step by Step 175

Chapter 12 Searching for Meaning 187

Chapter 13 Case Studies Treatment Summary 199

Appendix A On-Campus Risk Assessment Informed Consent 209

Appendix B Off-Campus Provider Questions 213

Appendix C The Structured Interview for Violence Risk Assessment (SIVRA-35) 215

Appendix D ATAP "Risk Assessment Guideline Elements for Violence: Considerations for Assessing the Risk of Future Violent Behavior" 219

Appendix E Reality Therapy WDEP Worksheet 231

Appendix F An Existential Exercise 233

References 235

Index 245