Selecting and Using Risk Assessment Tools in Problem-Solving Courts


Selecting and Using Risk Assessment Tools in Problem-Solving Courts

Court Type: 
Drug Court
Training Format: 
Tuesday, December 6, 2016

The Justice Programs Office, under the BJA Drug Court Technical Assistance Project, at American University will be conducting a webinar entitled Selecting and Using Risk Assessment Tools in Problem-Solving Courts on Tuesday, December 6th, 2016 from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. EST.  This webinar will be presented by Dr. Sarah Desmarais, Associate Professor and Coordinator of the Applied Social and Community Psychology Program at North Carolina State University.

Risk assessment is a key component of evidence-based supervision in the United States and justice system agencies are increasingly required to implement risk assessments instruments to inform decision-making. These instruments differ greatly in their content, approach, and research support. This webinar will provide a brief introduction to the history of risk assessment, followed by a description of the characteristics and content of contemporary risk assessment instruments used in U.S. correctional settings, including their strengths and limitations. The webinar will conclude with guidance regarding the selection and implementation a risk assessment tool in the context of problem-solving courts.

Please see the attached announcement for more information on this session and presenter.

Organization of the Session:

The presentation will be a 90-minute session with the last 30 minutes of the webinar reserved for questions from participants. The webinar is planned to be interactive with attendees invited to submit their questions in advance to

To register for the webinar:

1. Go to:

2. Click Register.

3. On the registration form, enter your information and then click Submit.

4. This will generate an automatic email confirming your registration and providing you with the information to attend the event (the email will be from "messenger").

If you are not able to participate in the live session of this webinar, the slides and recording of the webinar will be made available shortly after and archived at  Please contact Anna Koozmin ( if you have any questions on the webinar or the registration process.

The Justice Programs Office
under the BJA Drug Court Technical Assistance Project
at American University
Funding Source: 
American University