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NOTE: The Post-Workshop Training Program was discontinued in 2012. Discussions are underway to develop a new collaborative online PCL-R Training Program that will include a wide variety of case studies from diverse offender and patient groups.



Our discontinued Post-Workshop Training Program provided participants of recently completed authorized PCL-R Training Workshops (Part 1) the opportunity, by correspondence, to score 8 standardized videotaped cases, each of which consisted of a transcript of a PCL-R interview, a 20-minute videotape segment, and a synopsis of case-history information. Feedback concerning each PCL-R and PCL:SV item, Factor and Total scores was then provided. Inter-rater reliability was determined by comparing the participant's scores with criterion ratings. Those who complete the requirements of the Program received a certificate of completion, issued by Darkstone Research Group and signed by Dr. Robert D. Hare.

The certificate received for our Post-Workshop Training was an indication that a participant had scored a set of standardized training videotapes and received feedback on their performance. It did not address their clinical and interviewing skills or their competence in administering and scoring the PCL-R or PCL:SV with patients, offenders, or clients. To evaluate and improve their skills and competence we recommended that users follow the suggestions contained in the PCL-R and PCL:SV Manuals. That is, they should complete jointly (with colleagues) at least five practice assessments of patients, offenders, or clients to ensure that there is good interrater agreement on the item and total scores. They should also keep abreast of the current clinical and research literature on psychopathy, its assessment, and implications for the mental health and criminal justice systems. Professional and legal qualifications to make clinical or forensic assessments with the PCL-R or PCL:SV are determined by the regulations and requirements that apply in a given jurisdiction.

Those who are interested in an on-site version of our Post-Workshop may contact Dr. Bob Snowden for possible upcoming locations and dates of his Reliability Workshops.

Please view the statement by Dr. Hare regarding the Qualifications for the Forensic Use of the Hare PCL-R.