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Stephen White, Ph.D.

Dr. Stephen White is a psychologist and the President of Work Trauma Services Inc., a consulting group he founded in 1982 to assist employers with serious workplace crises. His extensive work in organizational trauma reduction led to his specializing, since 1989, in the assessment and management of workplace violence risk. Dr. White has consulted on over 4,000 threat cases for numerous Fortune 500 companies and private or public organizations of all sizes throughout the United States. He has designed and provided detailed employer threat management team training for responding to a wide range of potential risk scenarios. Dr. White has testified before the California State Legislature on behalf of workplace violence prevention legislation, and has published in the areas of workplace trauma management. He is the co-author of Threat Management of Stalking Cases in The Psychology of Stalking: Clinical and Forensic Perspectives (Academic Press, 1998). Dr. White, along with Dr. Reid Meloy, developed and published in 2007 The WAVR-21, the first scientifically based structured guide for assessing workplace violence risk. Dr. White was among invited experts of both the FBI’s National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime and the American Society of Industrial Security to participate in their development of online and published guidelines for the prevention of workplace violence. Since the events of September 11th he has worked with corporate business continuity teams to integrate human resilience planning into disaster recovery efforts. Dr. White is an Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco, where he currently co-facilitates a professional development group for medical students. He is a frequent guest lecturer at local, regional, and national forums for human resource, security, and line managers, employment law attorneys, and employee assistance professionals.
Stephen White, Ph.D.

Programs Featuring Stephen White, Ph.D.

Assessing Threats and Violence in the Workplace with the WAVR-21
Drs. White and Meloy will present a comprehensive two day training on violence risk and threat assessment in the workplace. The centerpiece of this dynamic two day event will be the WAVR-21, a structured professional guide developed by the presenters and designed for mental health, security, human resource and law enforcement professionals. First published in 2007, the WAVR-21 includes 21 empirically-based criteria for assessing different forms of workplace violence risk, including student violence in academic settings. Incorporating years of research, the core of the WAVR-21 is the "pathway to violence" approach to cases, as developed by professionals at the US Secret Service and the US Marshals Office. A recent study demonstrated good to excellent inter-rater reliability for The WAVR-21, and validation research continues. The workshop will emphasize integrating the WAVR-21 "tool kit" into dynamic threat case management with its demands for flexibility. Teaching methods will include lecture, large and small group interaction, case vignettes, and video presentations. Common workplace threat scenarios will be addressed, including stalking, subjects driven by paranoia and mental illness, domestic violence, bullying, and chronically anti-social individuals.

"WAVR training was selected and provided on a systemwide basis to all ten University of California campuses." UC, Office of the President

Case Management Strategies for Workplace Threats of Violence: An Interactive Session

This presentation will focus on three commonly encountered workplace threat scenarios; the paranoid employee, the romantic triangle and the aggressive and/or disgruntled employee.  Strategies to assess and manage these cases, and key intervention decision points will be discussed.  The audience will participate in a structured small group exercise to address and respond to real cases.  Each scenario will be debriefed by the presenter.  The goal will be to demonstrate reliance on empirical information regarding different "perpetrators" in the context of applying careful judgment and necessary multi-disciplinary collaboration, resulting in an improved understanding of risk potential and management of these difficult cases.