C05​​ -​​ CPA Academy Update Course with​​ CAPL: Assessment & Management of Violence in Three Domains: Adolescents, Use of Big Data, and in the Context of Restraint and Seclusion

Saturday, 24 October​​ 

13:30 – 16:45 (3 hrs plus 15 min break)

Phil Klassen,​​ MD, FRCPC; Gary Chaimowitz, MBChB, MBA, FCPA, FRCPC; Louis Morissette, MD, FRCPC


CanMEDS Roles:​​ 

  • Medical Expert​​ 

  • Professional

  • Collaborator

At the end of this session, participants will be able to:​​ 1)​​ Understand risk assessment of the potentially violent student; 2) Understand the role of Big Data in improving risk assessment; and 3) Understand the risks of, and mitigation strategies for, restraint and seclusion.


Assessment and management of violence is part of daily psychiatric practice. Violence occurs on a spectrum from mild to deadly. It can include verbal aggression, physical violence and sexual violence. Our patients can be instigators of violence and the victims of violence. While common, many psychiatrists feel ill-equipped to assess and manage violence. This course will review the current evidence for risk factors for violence, from students, the role of Big Data in improving risk assessment, and the risks to patients and staff from restraint and seclusion, including available mitigation strategies.



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  • Welsh JL, Schmidt F, McKinnon L, et al. A comparative study of adolescent risk assessment instruments: predictive and incremental validity. Assessment 2008;15:104–15.

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