Post-Conference Workshop

Introduction to the SDV-20: Assessing and managing risk for self-directed violence

PRESENTER: Brianne Layden, Ph.D.

DATE: June 28, 2019

TIME: 9am - 5pm (Full Day)

COST: $250 CAD


Self-directed violence (SDV), or suicidal behaviour, has been documented in almost every country and was the second leading cause of death in 2012 among persons aged 15 to 29. Currently, there appears to be an over-reliance on the use of “checklist” methods for assessing SDV risk (e.g., SAD PERSONS), and a great need for empirically guided risk assessment approaches that utilize the advantages of clinical or professional judgment, rather than relying solely on the outcome of quantitative or checklist measures. Strict quantitative or statistical approaches often do not adequately capture the range of dispositional and contextual factors influencing risk for particular behaviours. Thus, the purpose of this workshop will be to 1) enhance participants’ understanding of SDV and to differentiate this behaviour from non-suicidal self-injury, 2) review the results of a systematic literature review of risk factors for SDV, 3) provide a rationale for the use of structured professional judgement (SPJ) in assessing and managing risk for SDV, and 4) to introduce and administer the SDV-20, a set of SPJ guidelines for assessing and managing risk for SDV.


  1. Define the concept of self-directed violence (SDV) and its association with, and distinction from, non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI).

  2. Enhance awareness and understanding of risk factors related to SDV.
  3. Understand the benefits and application of structured professional judgement (SPJ) principles in the assessment and management of SDV.
  4. Introduce the SDV-20, a set of SPJ guidelines for assessing and managing risk for self-directed violence, and lead participants through the administration of this tool.

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