In this provocative and controversial account, standardised risk assessment is discussed in a critical, non-technical way, with a reminder that nobody can predict the future. There is advice for the clinician on when and how to use standardised assessment, along with a strong defence of clinical methods. Topics include: research on violence, mental health, and risk prediction; the ethics of violence risk assessment; homicide inquiries in the UK, with the results of a new study reviewing their findings; a discussion of professional attitudes towards violence risk; a description of risk assessment tools and recommendations for their use; and a strong defence of structured clinical assessment as the best way of managing risk.
Table of Contents
- Chapter 1 Why worry about violence risk assessment?
- Chapter 2 Researching violence risk
- Chapter 3 When things go wrong…Homicide Inquiries in the United Kingdom
- Chapter 4 Clinical assessment of violence risk
- Chapter 5 Standardized or actuarial risk assessment
- Chapter 6 Structured clinical assessment of violence risk: The thinking man’s approach
- Chapter 7 A new look at homicides by the mentally ill: applying structured risk assessment
- Chapter 8 Conclusions: on good treatment and bad attitudes