Risk of Dangerousness Assessments: Harm to Others vs. Harm to Self

Risk of Dangerousness Assessments: Harm to Others vs. Harm to Self

Assignment 1: Risk of Dangerousness Assessments: Harm to Others vs. Harm to Self

The safety and protection of individuals and the community have been discussed and identified in earlier modules. The safety and protection of others are another significant responsibility of the forensic mental health professional.

Forensic assessments are often utilized in the environment of safety and protection services. This assignment highlights the context of such reports, and this information is directly relevant to the psycholegal assessment questions on the comprehensive exam.

Tasks:

Using resources from the professional literature, research forensic assessments. The literature may include the Argosy University online library resources, relevant textbooks, peer-reviewed journal articles, and websites created by professional organizations, agencies, or institutions (.edu and .gov).

In a minimum of 300 words, complete the following:

Discuss the differences between a criminal risk of dangerousness assessment regarding violent harm to others and a civil risk of dangerousness assessment regarding harm to one’s self.

Identify and describe assessment tools (psychological tests) for harm towards others and assessment tools (psychological tests) for harm towards self.

Be sure to focus on situations of violence risk that do not involve sexual behavior since risk assessment of sexual offenders is the topic of M4 Assignment 2.

Submission Details:

Name:                                                               Week:                                                              Forum: Weekly Discussion Forum

Objectives

Unacceptable (0)

Unsatisfactory (1)

Marginal (2)

Satisfactory (3)

Exemplary (4)

Score

Quality of initial posting 0 Points

No initial posting.
1 Point

Response is not on topic, the message is unrelated to assignment, and post demonstrates poor preparation and lacked substance.
2 Points

The initial posting does not adequately address the question(s) posed in the forum; Lacks synthesis of theories and concepts.
3 Points

Initial posting demonstrates insightful reflection and answers all given questions; An adequate understanding of theories and concepts is evident in the logical, factual, and relevant information.
4 Points

Initial posting reveals a solid understanding of all given questions. A clear synthesis of theories and concepts is evident in the logical, factual, and relevant information.
__ x 4 = __ /16

 

 

Quality of responses to classmates 0 Points

Does not post any responses to other classmates in this forum.
1 Point

Responses do not promote further discussion nor provide new information. Response merely acknowledges the other classmates’ initial posting.
2 Points

Provides comments and new information but does not extend meaningful discussion by building on previous posts.
3 Points

Provides comments and new information to other posts; extends meaningful discussions by building on previous posts.
4 Points

Demonstrates comprehensive analysis of others’ posts; extends meaningful discussions by building on previous posts and offers points of view, supported by research or relevant personal experience.
__ x 3 = __ /12
Frequency of responses to classmates 0 Points
Does not participate in the discussion forum.
 1 Point

Responds to one other student in the discussion question threads.
2 Points

Responds to two other classmates’ initial postings.
3 Points

Participates on two days of the week. Responds to two other classmates’ initial postings.
4 Points

Participates on two or more days of the week. Responds to more than two other classmates’ initial postings.
__ x 1 = __ /4

 

 

Reference to supporting readings 0 Points
No reference to any course reading.
1 Point

Makes reference to assigned readings but makes no attempt to cite the source.
2 Points

Applies single resource to initial response but citations do not conform to an acceptable citation format.
3 Points

Applies single resource to initial response. Properly cites (i.e., APA) course materials and/or outside scholarly materials in initial posting only; citations present as needed in responses to classmates.
4 Points

Applies more than one resource to initial response. Properly cites (i.e., APA) course materials and outside scholarly readings in initial posting; citations as needed in responses to classmates.
__ x 1 = __ /4
Language and grammar 0 Points
No postings for which to evaluate language and grammar.
1 Point
Poorly written initial posting and responses including frequent spelling, structure, and/or grammatical errors and/or the use of slang.
2 Points

Communicates in friendly, courteous, and helpful manner with some spelling, grammatical, and/or structural errors.
3 Points

Contributes structured information with minor spelling, grammatical, or structural errors.
4 Points

No spelling, structure, or grammatical errors in any posting. Contributes to discussion with clear, concise comments in an organized manner.
__ x 1 = __ /4
Total Score ___ of 40 Comments:

 

Quality of initial posting

16

Quality of responses to classmates

12

Frequency of responses to classmates

4

Reference to supporting readings

4

Language and grammar

4

Total:

40

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