Therapeutic Risk Management for Violence: Clinical Risk Assessment.

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Violence risk assessment is a requisite component of mental health treatment. Adhering to standards of care and ethical and legal requirements necessitates a cogent process for conducting (and documenting) screening, assessment, and management of other-directed violence risk. In this 5-part series, we describe a model for achieving therapeutic risk management of the potentially violent patient, with essential elements involving a clinical interview augmented by structured screening or assessment tools; risk stratification in terms of temporality and severity; chain analysis to intervene on the functions of violent ideation and behavior; and development of a personalized safety plan. This first column of the series focuses on essential aspects of the clinical interview.


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