Clinical Risk Assessment and Management: The Critical Role of Formulation

Systematic assessment of the risk of harm to self and others is now generally accepted to be a crucial component in the effective management of individuals with a history of harmful behaviour.  Using the method of structured professional judgement (SPJ), clinical risk assessment is geared towards the design of a comprehensive risk management plan.  Published guidelines following this approach (e.g., HCR-20) have long been applied in prisons and in forensic and community psychiatric services in Britain and North America and are now in common use in many countries worldwide.  This approach is also endorsed by the Department of Health and by the Scottish Risk Management Authority, who set standards of best practice in risk assessment.  Increasingly, however, risk formulation is acknowledged as the crucial link between the risk assessment and risk management processes in SPJ, a link often missing both from guidance on risk and in practice.  In this workshop, the critical role of risk formulation will be examined in the context of the SPJ approach. 

Provisional timetable

09:30 Registration/Tea and Coffee
10:00 Workshop starts (there will be a break for lunch)
16:30 Workshop ends


The workshop will begin with an overview of formulation and risk formulation specifically.  Good practice in risk formulation will then be illustrated through a series of exercises and case presentations.  Attendees will practice risk formulation skills in order that, by the end of the day, they are clear about the role of formulation in their clinical risk assessments and the critical ways in which it enhances risk management planning. 

This course is intended for practitioners in the fields of forensic and clinical psychology who are working with clients at risk of harming themselves or others.  Basic awareness of clinical risk assessment and management practice is expected as a minimum.

Learning outcomes and objectives 

  • An overview of the most recent thinking on the structured professional judgement approach to clinical risk assessment and management
  • An understanding of the critical role of formulation as the bridge between risk assessment and risk management
  • Skills in risk formulation
  • A framework for evaluating risk formulations
  • Skills in the communication of risk formulations

Facilitator: Dr Caroline Logan CPsychol AFBPsS 

Caroline Logan is a Consultant Forensic Clinical Psychologist in the NHS and an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Manchester. Presently, she is based in a secure forensic psychiatric service and she consults widely across mental health and criminal justice agencies on issues to do with clinical risk assessment and management. She is a co-author of the recent Department of Health Best Practice in Managing Risk guidance and of the British Psychological Society position paper Understanding Personality Disorder. She is also former President of the International Association of Forensic Mental Health Services. Dr Logan maintains her long-standing research and clinical interests in personality disorder and psychopathy generally, and in gender issues in offending more specifically.  Dr Logan is both a clinical and a forensic psychologist and she has a D.Phil in experimental psychology.

Booking information


  • Non-Society Member: £142 (£118.33 + VAT)
  • Society Member: £111 (£92.50 + VAT)
  • DCoP / DCP / FFCP Member: £80 (£66.67 + VAT)

How to book:

Registration for this event will close at 12 Noon on Friday 24 May 2013. 

To pay by cheque or request an invoice, complete and return the registration form.

Please note that we are only able to accept invoice requests at least 6 weeks before the event date.


The Portland by Thistle

3-5 Portland Street
Piccadilly Gardens
M1 6DP

Thu, 30/05/2013 (All day)
Contact Information: 

BPS Learning Centre
Tel: +44 (0)116 252 9925
Fax: +44 (0)116 227 1314

Division of Forensic Psychology, Division of Clinical Psychology Faculty of Forensic Clinical Psychology, & BPS Learning Centre