Pre-Conference Workshop

Advances in Structured Professional Judgment: An Inter-disciplinary Workshop

PRESENTER: Quazi Haque & Christopher Webster

DATE: June 24, 2019

TIME: 9am - 5pm (Full Day)

COST: $250 CAD


The workshop centers on the contents of a new book the presenters have edited on the topic of Structured Professional Judgment (SPJ). Although designed as a “practical text” on the subject, the various contributors have written short pieces which take into account “up-to –the-moment thinking and research. The authors stress the range of SPJ devices which have stood the test of time but also, and more importantly the rigours of scientific field testing. The workshop also aims to provide a preliminary platform to stimulate new research.

This will be a full day workshop framed around sections of the new book “Structured Professional Judgment and Violence Risks: A Practical Guide (Eds. Derek Eaves, Christopher D. Webster, Quazi Haque & Joanne Thalken-Eaves). Sessions will include several group workshop exercises and discussions linked to the main learning objectives.

The facilitators will particularly focus on exercises designed to provide greater insights into the robustness of different risk assessment approaches; the construction of research trials when evaluation risk schemes; and, novel approaches toward training colleagues and implementing such schemes effectively into services.


  1. Highlighting key projects that have moved the emphasis of risk assessment from prediction to prevention
  2. Discovering new schemes, including those addressing multiple overlapping risks and diversity within populations
  3. Understanding how schemes have evolved to support formulation and risk management planning
  4. Becoming aware of recent research with children, adolescents and adults and developing ideas for achievable local projects geared toward civil, correctional and mental health disciplines
  5. Gaining SPJ training strategies from a new text designed for that precise purpose
  6. Developing strategies for the effective implementation of SPJ schemes within forensic treatment pathways

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