Beginning with a brief historical overview of the field, Forensic Assessment of Violence Risk clarifies the risk assessment model, which begins by exploring the risk assessment question and concludes by connecting the completed risk assessment to effective strategies for risk management.
This vital resource discusses topics including:
Defining the referral question
Idiographic factors and the need for individualized assessment
Understanding the results of a risk assessment
How to proceed from risk assessment to risk management
"Conroy and Murrie successfully capture the advances in risk assessment and forensic assessment seen particularly in the last decade. From task definition to risk communication, prediction to management, adolescents to adults, and civil to criminal contexts, they provide a range of useful information, examples, and conclusions. Forensic Assessment of Violence Risk is valuable for anyone involved in policy–making, litigation, assessment, or interventions related to the risk of violent behavior."
Kirk Heilbrun, PhD, Department of Psychology, Drexel University
"Forensic Assessment of Violence Risk is both an accessible overview for the professional just beginning to conduct risk assessments and a stimulating update for the seasoned forensic risk assessment practitioner. It strikes a good balance between discussion of recent research and practical guidelines for practice."
Mark D. Cunningham, PhD, ABPP, Dallas, Texas
"This guide is indispensable for all forensic mental health professionals who assess violence risk for juveniles, psychiatric patients, sex offenders, and in the context of death penalty cases. The model Conroy and Murrie propose represents the integration of what is currently empirically established in terms of base rates for violence with the need to consider idiographic factors for the individual being evaluated."
Alan M. Goldstein, PhD, ABPP, Board Certified in Forensic Psychology, Professor Emeritus, John Jay College of Criminal Justice CUNY
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
Appendix A Risk Assessment Instruments 259
Appendix B Sample Risk Assessment Reports 269
"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)