Resolution Institute conference

Spotlight on practice

16–17 October 2019, Wellington NZ

Risk-Need-Responsivity Assessment Framework: what it is and what it means for practitioners

with Mike Cagney

Risk-Need-Responsivity (RNR) is a common framework for assessment with Family Violence programmes and the basis of the Ministry of Justice Code of Practice. A specific intent of RNR is to ‘formulate a picture’ of the risk of family violence to understand the nature and type of violence and the risk of reoffending.

This presentation will cover:

  • Exploring family violence offender typologies;
  • Understanding the risk ‘drivers’ of static, stable-dynamic and acute risk factors;
  • Recognition of ‘pathways’ of offending and the intersection with Power and Control analysis
  • Exploring the ecological model of risk – understanding the ‘whole’ picture.
  • Linking RNR to safety planning and making case for individualised – customised treatment;
  • Understanding levels of risk and matching this to ‘Relapse Prevention’ and the ‘Motivational Cycle of Change’.

Mike Cagney has worked for 35 years in domestic violence programmes, sex offender treatment programmes and statutory child protection work in the roles of social worker, therapist and service manager. He has an academic background in social work and counselling and regularly provides training in therapy and family work with people who harm others.

Mike is an approved provider of DV programmes, an approved Family Court counsellor and currently works in private practice in Wellington Region. He regularly trains Corrections staff in Victoria and Queensland and trains and supervises DV workers in New Zealand.

He has an active interest in ‘Re-Solution’ strategies, he has been published and contributes to policy and practice focused upon connecting victim and offender work. Mike has a long-standing interest in supporting Restorative Justice practices in the Domestic Violence field.