Mental Disorder and Violence Risk

1 Hour


The link between major mental disorder and violence remains controversial. This webinar will address this link, arguing that although there may be a direct link between mental disorder and violence for some people, there may also be less clear, indirect links, whereby mental disorder acts as an early, distal risk marker, a moderator, or a mediator. Of course, for many individuals with major mental disorder, there is no link with violence. Regardless of the general population-level link between mental disorder and violence, it is vital for professionals to understand the specific role that mental disorder might play with respect to the potential risk of violence of individuals under evaluation. This webinar will also discuss contemporary approaches to violence risk assessment and management in terms of their ability to facilitate understanding of the role that major mental disorder plays in violent behavior, its assessment, and its management.