Risk for Sexual Violence Protocol (RSVP) 2-day Training (with SVR-20v2 update)

15-16th September 2022, live online via WebEx

Risk for Sexual Violence Protocol (RSVP):

Assessing and managing sexual violence risk including SVR-20v2 update. 2-day training.

15-16th September 2022, 0930-1630 approx timings

Live online via WebEx

About the training

**Please note that if the RSVP version 2 manual is available in the UK at the time of the 2022 training, this event will train on RSVPv2 (with SVR-20v2 update still included). If this is not available, we will offer all attendees free live online webinar 'update' training on the differences and application of version 2 when it is available although you will need to purchase a manual from a supplier to use the tool. **

Practitioners and clinicians are often required to assess risk and to formulate plans to reduce or manage the risk of sexual offending that an individual may present. For example, sexual 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 Risk for Sexual Violence Protocol (RSVP; Hart et al., 2003). The RSVP is a sex offender risk assessment tool that follows the structured professional judgement approach to the assessment and management of sexual violence risk. This structured professional judgement approach is similar in nature to that taken by the popular HCR-20 v3. The RSVP 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. The SVR-20 version 2 (2017) is a similar tool, recently updated, and the training will provide an overview of this tool so that participants feel confident in applying both tools (only RSVP manual will be provided and delegates will be signposted to where they can purchase the SVR-20v2 manual).

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.

As a guide the training will cover the following:

  • Structured professional judgement approach
  • Background to sex offender risk assessment tools
  • Administration of RSVP
  • SVR-20v3 overview and upsate
  • Practice case

The primary aim of the workshop is to ensure that delegates feel confident when assessing clients using the RSVP and to develop awareness of how risk management plans can be formulated. The training event does not aim to cover broad theories of sexual offending, as the focus is risk assessment. A certificate will be provided for evidence of attendance at this workshop, which may contribute to your continuing professional development (CPD).

Who should attend this workshop?

This workshop is designed for professionals (or in-training professionals) who may work with this group or are likely to do so in the future.

This is likely to include psychologists, psychiatrists, Offender Managers/Probation Officers, nurses, social workers, 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.

If you are unsure if this workshop is appropriate for your profession then please get in touch with us.

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 Clinical Director at Tully Forensic Psychology Ltd, and 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 published in peer-reviewed journals in the area of sex offender risk assessment, most notably a systematic review on this topic alongside empirical research, 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 offenders both as a practitioner and consultant to services. Ruth has extensive experience working with sex offenders in prisons, hospitals and the community and with working with complex offenders e.g. those with personality disorder, learning disability, multiple paraphilias, or mental illness. Ruth is an experienced trainer and has delivered this event to a range of professionals over the last few years.


Live online via WebEx!


£400 excluding VAT per delegate ‘early bird rate’ (£480 including VAT, see booking form for when this is valid for) or £440 excluding VAT thereafter (£528 including VAT).
This cost includes RSVP (2003 version) manual and all training materials. If the event is version 2 (see note in the information on the training) then version 2 manual will be included instead of the 2003 version.

How to book

Please email rich@tullyforensicpsychology.com – please head your email ‘RSVP 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. Useful information on use of the RSVP with sex offenders who have learning disability. 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 in the RSVP risk assessment. 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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