Client Violence: Assessment and Management to Optimize Safety

Ralph Detri, LICSW, LCDP, MPH
5 CECs
Friday, November 8, 2019
9:30 am – 4:00 pm

Location: Hartford Public Library, Room 026 – use Arch St entrance

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It is estimated that nearly thirty percent of human services workers will experience a work-related, violent encounter during the span of their career. This seminar will provide participants with the tools needed to accurately assess biopsychosocial predictors of violent behavior and understand non-verbal and behavioral tactics to optimize safety.

The morning portion of the day will examine clinical and forensic data which can be integrated into history-taking to predict dangerous and potentially violent behaviors. We will explore theories of violence, behavioral warnings, psychopathology measures, historical antecedents and criminal profiling. In the afternoon session, Mr. Detri will introduce participants to a range of tactical behaviors designed to support safety, including: body proxemics and safety stances, adrenal stress response, behavioral cues of violent behavior, verbal defusing, assessing weapons usage, and street, office and home-visit safety.

Participants will have the opportunity to practice optimal safety skills, so you are encouraged to dress comfortably.

Through the use of lecture, film, role plays and group discussion, this interactive seminar will enable you to:

  • become familiar with history-taking instruments to assist in assessing the potential of violence
  • examine etiological and sociological explanations for violence in human services
  • identify psychological and behavioral cues relevant to the escalation of violence
  • learn about various types of common weapons and how they are concealed
  • learn how to safely manage and arrange your office and prepare for home visits
  • manage potential street encounters more carefully