JUN 25 - 27  

Pre-Conference Workshop

Workshop on the SAPROF (Adult Version): Assessment of Protective Factors for Violence Risk

PRESENTER: Michiel de Vries Robbe, Ph.D.

DATE: June 11, 2018

TIME: 9am - 5pm (Full Day)

COST: $250 CAD


In this workshop we will focus on protective factors for violence risk. The Structured Assessment of Protective Factors for violence risk (SAPROF; De Vogel et al., 2009) is an assessment tool for the evaluation of protective factors. It is a structured professional judgment checklist designed to be used in combination with a risk-focused assessment tool, such as the HCR-20V3, LS/CMI, RSVP, Static/Stable/Acute, or other risk-focused tools. The addition of the structured assessment of protective factors aims to complement the risk assessment process creating a more balanced assessment for future violence risk. The dynamic factors of the SAPROF are 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.

Research results with the SAPROF in samples of violent and sexually violent offenders show good interrater reliability, concurrent validity and predictive validity for no violent recidivism after treatment as well as no violent incidents during treatment (see www.saprof.com). Multiple SAPROF ratings demonstrate significant changes during treatment on protective factors. Moreover, improvement of the protective factors during treatment shows to be predictive of reductions in violent recidivism after treatment. Most importantly, in clinical practice the SAPROF shows to provide a valuable additional dynamic approach to treatment, offering new guidelines for positive treatment interventions and new possibilities for treatment evaluation. 

This workshop will focus on the value of protective factors for clinical practice. Participants will be introduced to the SAPROF and will be trained in using the SAPROF in combination with a risk-focused assessment tool by means of a case study example. Advantages for risk assessment and risk management will be discussed and international research results with the SAPROF will be presented. In addition, new developments regarding additional SAPROF manuals (i.e., for juveniles, for sexual offending, for intellectual disabilities, or for inpatient treatment) will be discussed.

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