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Predicting Danger: Evidence Based Strategies

December 3 @ 8:30 am - 12:45 pm



John C. Simoneaux, Ph.D.



  • Explain the current evidence-based, scientific literature involving the prediction of future violence.
  • Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of clinical data-gathering versus the use of actuarially-derived information in predicting dangerousness.
  • Demonstrate the range of “tests” designed to predict future violence and explain how to decide which instrument is best for specific clinical questions
  • Analyze and assess the dangers and risks associated with short-sighted predictions of violence (or not) by mental health professionals.
  • Design strategies for communicating conclusions about violence risk to clients and other professionals



8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.    – Login

8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

  • What science tells us about risk assessment
  • Being right (and wrong) about risk assessment
  • How to collect data about risk – what to look for
  • Clinical prediction versus actuarial prediction

10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. – Break

10:00 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

  • Available instruments for assessing risk
  • Risk assessment tools – the good and the bad
  • Mistakes made by mental health professionals in predicting danger
  • Talking to clients and other professionals about risk

12:45 p.m. Adjournment



Psychologist–Professional Training Resources, Inc.  is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for Psychologists.  “Professional Training Resources, Inc., maintains responsibility for this program and its content.”

Social Workers (NASW 4 clinical hours) –This program has been approved for 4 continuing education contact hours by the National Association of Social Workers, Louisiana Chapter, and may be applied toward the continuing education requirements for licensure renewal.

LPC’s (NBCC)–  “Professional Training Resources is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider #5829 and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program.”

Substance Abuse Counselor (ADRA) — approved by the Addictive Disorder Regulatory Authority for 4 clock hours topic.

School Psychologist (NASP) –Professional Training Resources is approved by the National Association of School Psychologists to offer continuing education for school psychologists.  Professional Training Resources maintains responsibility for the program.

Other Professions –may seek approval for education credits through their respective boards.  Everyone in attendance will receive a certificate of attendance.


December 3
8:30 am - 12:45 pm


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Pineville, LA 71360 United States


Professional Training Resources
(318) 443-0845


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