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Implementing the Short-Term Assessment of Risk and Treatability (START) in a forensic mental health service

  • Michael Doyle (a1), Geraint Lewis and Moya Brisbane (a2)
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Aims and Method

To evaluate the practical utility and face validity of a new risk assessment guideline, the Short-Term Assessment of Risk and Treatability (START), within a forensic mental health service. Staff attended training and subsequently used the START to assess and formulate risk. Staff then completed an evaluation questionnaire about their experiences of using the START.

Results

The study proved useful in evaluating the practical utility and face validity of the START. the START demonstrated both good practical utility and face validity. Areas of difficulty in completing the START were identified and areas for developing the START were highlighted.

Clinical Implications

The service subsequently implemented a revised version of the START into routine practice. the results of the pilot study suggest that the START can usefully assist in structuring risk judgements in practice.

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Nicholls, T. L., Brink, J., Desmarais, S. L., Webster, C. D. & Martin, M-L. (2006) The Short-Term Assessment of Risk and Treatability (START): A prospective validation study in a forensic psychiatric sample. Assessment, 13, 313327.
Webster, C. D., Nicholls, T. L., Martin, M-L., Desmarais, M. A. & Brink, J. (2006) Short-Term Assessment of Risk and Treatability (START): the case for a new structured professional judgment scheme. Behavioural Sciences and the Law, 24, 747766.
Webster, C.D., Martin, M., Brink, J., Nicholls, T. L. & Middleton, C. (2004) Short-Term Assessment of Risk and Treatability (START). St. Josephs Healthcare, Hamilton and British Columbia Mental Health and Addiction Services.
Webster, C. D., Douglas, K. S., Eaves, D. & Hart, S. D. (1997) HCR-20: Assessing Risk for Violence (Version 2). Simon Fraser University.
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Implementing the Short-Term Assessment of Risk and Treatability (START) in a forensic mental health service

  • Michael Doyle (a1), Geraint Lewis and Moya Brisbane (a2)
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