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Psychopathy Assessment and Formulation and the Use of the Psychopathy Checklist Revised (CPD event)

Our two-day workshop will introduce participants to the concept of psychopathy, the PCL-R and new developments in psychopathy assessments.

Date and time: 8th and 9th April 2019.
Location: Forensic Academy, The University of Manchester
Fee: £599 - includes training materials, lunch and refreshments. 
How to book: Book online or download and complete the ‌Forensic Academy event booking form (Word, 41KB)
Contact us: Email or phone +44 (0)161 306 7802


Psychopathic personality disorder is a crucial risk factor for violence; it also has relevance for risk management and treatability.

The Psychopathy Checklist Revised (PCL-R) is currently the best validated measure of psychopathy. The use of the PCL-R has become widespread across many agencies; it provides a standard methodology for assessing this important risk factor.

Using a variety of teaching modalities didactic, interactive and practical exercises, this workshop will introduce participants to the concept of psychopathy, the PCL-R and new developments in psychopathy assessments.

A video case study will be used to allow participants to apply the PCL-R ratings and obtain feedback. The strengths and limitations of the PCL-R will be discussed.

Who should attend?

This workshop will be of interest to professional staff working in mental health and social services, criminal justice system, prisons and forensic mental health services who are involved in the assessment, formulation and management of people with personality disorder.

This will include doctors, psychologists, nurses, social workers, probation officers, occupational therapists and allied professions.

Learning objectives

Following the training, participants will be able to:

  • understand the concept of psychopathy;
  • highlight the main methods for assessing and formulating psychopathy;
  • make the link between psychopathy and risk assessment;
  • identify the strengths and weaknesses of the PCL-R;
  • consider new developments in the assessment, formulation and management of psychopathic personality disorder, including the Comprehensive Assessment of Psychopathic Personality disorder.

About the trainer

Professor David Cooke

David Cooke is a Consultant Forensic Clinical Psychologist and former head of the Forensic Clinical Psychology service in Glasgow. He is the Professor of Forensic Clinical Psychology at Glasgow Caledonian University and a Visiting Professor in the Faculty of Psychology at the University of Bergen in Norway.

Author of over 165 scientific books, monographs, chapters and research papers, he has published extensively on the PCL-R and psychopathy. He was an associate editor of Criminological and Legal Psychology from its inception until 2005, and a Consulting Editor for Psychological Assessment for five years. He was until recently an associate editor of the Journal of Personality Disorders.

He has provided workshops on violence risk assessment and the assessment of psychopathy all over the world.  He is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society and of the Royal Society of Edinburgh: he was awarded the Senior Award for Outstanding Lifetime Contribution to Forensic Psychology from the Division of Forensic Psychology of the British Psychological Society in 2006. He is Past-President of the European Association of Psychology and Law. 

What our students say

"Good background information. Highly relevant for research practices."

"Excellent, knowledgeable presenter. I thoroughly enjoyed it."

"Very enjoyable training session. Good learning, good teaching style and good understanding."

How to book your place

Book online or download and complete the Forensic Academy event booking form (Word, 41KB).

Contact us

Tel: +44 (0)161 306 7802