Full HCR-20v3 Certified 2-day Training

19th - 20th Sept 2024, live online via WebEx

Full HCR-20v3 Certified 2-day Training

About the training

Practitioners and clinicians are often required to assess risk and to formulate plans to reduce or manage the risk of violence that an individual may present. For example, violence risk assessment may be crucial to pre-sentence reports, parole assessments, community management plans such as MAPPA, or community mental health teams, in-patient services managing restricted patients, tribunal reports – the list is endless!

This two-day training event focuses on the Historical Clinical Risk-Management-20 Version 3 (HCR-20v3; Douglas et al., 2013). The HCR-20v3 is a violence risk assessment tool that follows the structured professional judgement approach to the assessment and management of violence risk. The tool guides the assessor in considering information, identifying risk factors that are present and relevant, formulating risk, generating potential future risk scenarios, and creating appropriate risk management plans.

It is widely accepted in forensic risk assessment that structured professional judgement performs better than clinical judgement alone, and appropriate training is the key to thorough and defensible assessment.

This approved training is led by Dr Ruth Tully. Ruth was selected and had her knowledge of general principles of violence risk assessment and her familiarity with professional and scientific literature concerning the HCR-20 directly evaluated by Stephen D. Hart and Kevin S. Douglas, the authors of the HCR-20v3. Ruth's skills in using the HCR-20v3, report writing, skills in training other professionals, and accuracy of training materials were also assessed and approved. She engaged in the training curriculum, which in itself has been  subject to peer review, and was passed as a trainer. Ruth is therefore a certified trainer and endorsed by the authors. Training content has been agreed and is based on the authors' development of training materials over decades, including unique case material and discussion of 'gold standard' case ratings.

As a guide, the training will cover the following:

  • Version 3 of the HCR-20
  • Formulation
  • Administration of tool
  • Practice case - unique case material
  • Risk communication

The primary aim of the workshop is to ensure that delegates feel confident when assessing clients using the HCR-20v3 and to develop awareness of how risk management plans can be formulated. A certificate will be provided for evidence of attendance at this workshop, which may contribute to your continuing professional development (CPD).

Dr Ruth Tully is currently the only official Certified trainer delivering open HCR-20v3 events in the UK. Aside from the rigorous assessment and training  Ruth has engaged in to become an approved trainer, the benefits of attending official HCR-20v3 training include:

  • Programme content peer reviewed and approved by the authors: 2 days of specialist training in violence risk assessment.
  • Training consistent with author aims and advice.
  • Opportunity to have questions answered by approved trainer.
  • Certificate provided.
  • Delegates placed on authors' list of trained professionals (with delegate consent)
  • Opportunity to be placed on official HCR-20 updates mailing list (Protect International).

Who should attend this workshop?

This workshop is designed for professionals (or in-training professionals) who may work with those at risk of violence, or who are likely to do so in the future.

This is likely to include psychologists, psychiatrists, Offender Managers/Probation Officers, nurses, social workers, forensic occupational therapists, forensic speech and language therapists, Police or Prison Officers, Panel members, other types of therapist, and those in professional training in these roles.

Legal professionals (e.g. solicitor, barrister, prison law consultant, Judge) are welcome to request to book onto the training for learning purposes (as opposed to become qualified to use the tool). This may enhance understanding and therefore examination of such assessments, which in turn may further increase the quality of work produced this field.

If you are unsure if this workshop is appropriate for your profession then please get in touch with us. This workshop is not usually appropriate for academic students only, as this group is not qualified/experienced to use the tool, but please enquire because we accept that circumstances can be unique.

About the trainer

The primary trainer for this event is Dr Ruth Tully. Ruth is a HCPC Registered and BPS Chartered Forensic Psychologist. Ruth is the Clinical Director at Tully Forensic Psychology Ltd and has worked with violent and sexual offenders for over 10 years. She has been assessing the risk of sexual and violent offenders for a number of years both as an individual professional and as part of multi-disciplinary teams. She has been selected, approved, assessed and and trained-to-train the HCR-20 by the authors (Stephen D. Hart & Kevin S. Douglas, Protect International). Ruth has published in peer-reviewed journals in the area of risk assessment, and she is an invited speaker at national and international conferences on this topic. Ruth is actively involved in the risk assessment, management and treatment of sexual and violent offenders both as a practitioner and consultant to services. Ruth has extensive experience working with those at risk violence in prisons, hospitals, and the community. She specialises in working with complex offenders e.g. those with personality disorder, learning disability, multiple paraphilias, and/or mental illness. Ruth regularly provides expert witness testimony in prison, criminal, family, and immigration cases with a focus on forensic risk assessment. Ruth is an experienced trainer, also being an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (UK), and she has successfully delivered this event to a range of professionals over the last few years both in open and 'in house'/closed formats.


Live online via WebEx!


'Early bird' rate: £440 excluding VAT per delegate (£528 including VAT, early bird rate validity dates are detailed on the booking form)
Standard rate: £480 excluding VAT thereafter (£576 including VAT).
This cost includes one HCR-20v3 manual and all training materials.

How to book

Please email rich@tullyforensicpsychology.com – please head your email ‘HCR-20 training’. We will then send you a booking form to complete.

Recent feedback

The training was comprehensive and practical. It aided my knowledge and defensible risk assessment practice.” Forensic Psychologist

The training was pitched at the right level with flexible learning. The training will help me to lead on this assessment and advise others. Consultant Clinical Psychologist

Very informative, useful and well presented. Clinical Psychologist

It has enhanced my confidence and competence to use the tool within my practice. Assistant Psychologist

Great materials and opportunities for discussion. Forensic Psychologist in Training

Use of case study was really helpful and the trainer was friendly and polite. Psychiatrist

Ruth demonstrates a depth of knowledge. Counselling Psychologist

Misuse of the tool

It is your responsibility to make sure that you are acting within your code of conduct and professional standards of practice, as well as within the publisher and manual regulations for use of the tool. Neither Tully Training Ltd nor the trainers can be held responsible for misuse of the tool.

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