The Dangerous Patient

Many states, including Wisconsin, are poised to spend tens of millions of dollars on mental health care in order to lower the incidence of violence in our communities and to prevent mass shootings. The debate about the relationship of violence to mental illness is ongoing, impassioned, and generally full of erroneous assumptions. In the meantime, mental health workers often receive little training in how to do good violence risk assessments and how to keep themselves safe in the process. This workshop is designed to correct misconceptions about violence and mental illness, and help clinicians do their job more safely and confidently.

At a glance

What: The Dangerous Patient

When: M, May 4, 9am-4pm

Where: Pyle Center, 702 Langdon St, Madison, WI

Cost: $150

Continuing education credit: 6 hours (0.6 CEUs)

Instructor: David Mays

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For additional information, contact Kristi Obmascher: 608-262-8971


The debate about the relationship of violence to mental illness is ongoing, impassioned, and generally full of erroneous assumptions. In the meantime, mental health workers often receive little training in how to do good violence risk assessments and how to keep themselves safe in the process.

Learning objectives

At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Relate the most recent data about violence and mental illness
  • Give examples of the 20 most robust static and dynamic risk factors for violence
  • Explain violence risk in specific diagnoses
  • Contract the efficacies of various treatments for violence
  • Describe the Tarasoff Duty in Wisconsin

General information

Location
Pyle Center, 702 Langdon St, Madison, WI

Times
Registration is at 8:30 am; workshop 9am–4pm.

Continuing Education Units
0.6 CEUs (6 hours).

Fees
$150 per program includes instruction, materials, CEUs, refreshments, and a nonrefundable $25 administrative fee.

Lodging
Please make your own travel and lodging arrangements. For more information check out the UW Extension Conference Centers website»

Registration
Enrollment is limited: Register early!

Program cancellations
In the event of bad weather or other emergencies, call 608-263-4432 or visit continuingstudies.wisc.edu to learn whether a Continuing Studies program or class has been cancelled.

Continuing education credit

Six hours of Professional Continuing Education: 0.6 CEUs per training

Association of Social Work Boards: UW-Madison Continuing Studies (provider #1042) is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. UW-Madison Continuing Studies maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 4/27/2013-4/27/2016. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. Social workers participating in each course will receive 6 continuing education clock hours per day.

National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC)
UW-Madison Continuing Studies is an NBCC Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP) #5990 and may offer NBCC approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program.

Wisconsin Psychology Examining Board
Each workshop qualifies as a continuing education course relevant to the professional practice of psychology offered by an accredited university.

Wisconsin Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists
Theses workshops qualify as a continuing education program offered by an accredited university.

Wisconsin Substance Abuse Counselors
Each workshop qualifies as a continuing education course consisting of relevant subject matter taught by qualified presenters.