IAFMHS CONFERENCE

SPLIT, CROATIA

JUNE 13th - 15th

Learning to use the Structured Assessment of Protective Factors for Violence Risk - Youth Version (SAPROF-YV)

The Structured Assessment of Protective Factors for violence risk – Youth Version (SAPROF-YV; De Vries RobbĂ© et al., 2015) is an assessment tool for the evaluation of protective factors in juveniles and young adults. It is a structured professional judgment checklist designed to be used in combination with predominantly risk-focused youth assessment tools, such as the SAVRY (Borum et al., 2006) or the YLS/CMI (Hoge & Andrews, 2006). The SAPROF-YV was developed following the international success of the original SAPROF (De Vogel et al., 2009), a tool for the structured assessment of protective factors in adults. Clinicians and researchers working in juvenile violence risk assessment requested for the creation of a specific juvenile version of the SAPROF. Through offering a specific in depth assessment of protective factors for juveniles, in addition to risk factors already assessed in other tools, the SAPROF-YV aims to complement the youth risk assessment process in order to create a more balanced assessment of future violence risk. The dynamic factors of the SAPROF-YV can be helpful in case formulation, establishing positive treatment goals, evaluating treatment progress and stimulating well informed risk communication. In doing so, protective factors enable a more positive approach to violence prevention.

English, Dutch and Spanish versions of the SAPROF-YV are available, and German, French, Danish, Finnish, Japanese and Polish versions are in the making. The tool has quickly gained attention from youth services and is increasingly being implemented in juvenile justice and clinical treatment practice in different countries. Initial studies are showing good results in terms of predictive validity and interrater reliability. And, perhaps more importantly, the tool is perceived as clinically useful by mental health professionals as an additional tool to guide strengths-based interventions and evaluations.  


WORKSHOP DETAILS

This workshop will focus on the value of protective factors for juveniles in treatment practice. Participants will be introduced to the SAPROF-YV and will be trained in using the SAPROF-YV in combination with risk-focused tools, by means of a case study example. Implications for risk assessment and risk management will be discussed and recent research results with the SAPROF-YV will be presented. 

Learning objectives:

  • Learn about protective factors for violence risk in juveniles
  • Learn about the SAPROF – Youth Version
  • Practice working with the SAPROF – Youth Version

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Dr. Michiel de Vries Robbé is a Psychologist and researcher at the Department of Research of the Van der Hoeven Kliniek in Utrecht, the Netherlands. He is co-author of the SAPROF and the SAPROF - Youth Version and coordinates the international SAPROF project. He is also co-author of the FAM (Female Additional Manual), and translator of the Dutch HCR-20 V3. His primary research topic is risk assessment, in particular protective factors for violence risk in (young) adults and juveniles and their value for forensic practice.
Ed Hilterman is a sociologist working as a senior scientific researcher at the GGzE Center for Child & Adolescent Psychiatry in The Netherlands. Currently he coordinates a cluster randomized trail to investigate the possible added value of the Decision-Making in Abusive Relationships Interview (DIARI) to the treatment of IPV victims. Since 2008, he is director of a consultancy company specialized in applied research in the justice system in Barcelona, Spain, and teacher at the Catalonian Open University. He has worked as a scientific researcher in the TBS system in The Netherlands and was responsible for the implementation of structured risk assessment (SAVRY) in the juvenile justice system in Catalonia. His research focuses on risk assessment and risk management and he has translated several tools into Dutch and Spanish. Ed is co-author of the SAPROF-Youth Version and also of the DIARI, a need assessment tool for victims of intimate partner violence.

Ed Hilterman is a sociologist working as a senior scientific researcher at the GGzE Center for Child & Adolescent Psychiatry in The Netherlands. Currently hecoordinates a cluster randomized trail to investigate the possible added value of the Decision-Making in Abusive Relationships Interview (DIARI) to the treatment of IPV victims. Since 2008, he is director of a consultancy company specialized in applied research in the justice system in Barcelona, Spain, and teacher at the Catalonian Open University. He has worked as a scientific researcher in the TBS system in The Netherlands and was responsible for the implementation of structured risk assessment (SAVRY) in the juvenile justice system in Catalonia. His research focuses on risk assessment and risk management and he has translated several tools into Dutch and Spanish. Ed is co-author of the SAPROF-Youth Version and also of the DIARI, a need assessment tool for victims of intimate partner violence.

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