Risk Assessments and Safety Plans
The latest Lukenotes newsletter focuses on the importance of risk assessments for safety planning.
Dr. Christopher Block, a psychologist on the clinical team at Saint Luke Center, notes the components of a risk assessment includes
- Actuarial instruments
- Interviews with the individual and, possibly, others
- Review of the individual’s file
- Final report, including a risk level and recommendations.
Saint Luke Institute president, Capuchin Father David Songy, who also is a psychologist, walks through how this works in a detailed case study on “Father George,” who had had a credible allegation some years earlier. Through a risk assessment, his community is able to make decisions regarding living arrangements, implement new protocols for a safety plan and help him engage in more effective therapy.