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"Assessing Threats and Violence Risk in the Workplace and on Campus with the WAVR-21"(June 11, 2019)
"Threat Assessment and Management with Adolescents and Young Adults"(June 12, 2019)
"Advanced Threat Assessment and Threat Management: Front Line Defense for Evolving Threats"(June 13-14, 2019)


Program times: 8:30am - 4:30pm daily, morning coffee and pastries, afternoon beverages, participants are on their own for lunch

Continuing Education: 7 hours per day for the groups listed below:
Psychologists: Specialized Training Services is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Specialized Training Services maintains responsibility for these programs and their content.
LCSW's, MFT's and LPC's should check your licensing board to verify that hours by an APA approved provider are valid for your license.

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This four day event, hosted by Endicott College and the MS in Homeland Security Studies Program and is produced by Specialized Training Services will contain state of the science information about threat assessment and threat management. The first day will focus on how to use the WAVR-21 (the state of the science threat assessment tool) to assess violence risk in the workplace and on campus. Day two will contain information specific to threat assessment and threat management with adolescents and young adults. Days three four offer the most comprehensive and advanced information available about threat assessment/management. 

This is a "can't miss" event for any individual working in a profession which requires the evaluation of risk of violence and/or the management of a subject of a risk based investigation, including professionals from education, law enforcement, security, intelligence and investigative agencies, protective services, mental health, human resources, EAP, corporate administrators, etc. The program will be presented at a high but easily understood level. Those with no experience in threat assessment and threat management will not feel lost or overwhelmed and will derive a significant amount of information by attending. More experienced threat assessment and threat management professionals will receive extensive, cutting edge information to help do their jobs at the highest level.


Programs

Assessing Threats and Violence Risk in the Workplace and on Campus with the WAVR-21

Dr. Reid Meloy, co-author of the WAVR-21, will present a one day training on violence risk and threat assessment in the workplace and on campus. The centerpiece of this dynamic event will be the WAVR-21, a structured professional guide, designed for mental health, security, law enforcement, education, HR and legal 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

Workshop Content
The scientific and clinical basis for the WAVR-21 risk and protective factors
Assessing violence risk in the workplace
Assessing communicated threats in the workplace
Integrating the WAVR-21 into ongoing workplace threat management practice
Common workplace threat scenarios
Applying the WAVR-21 in the workplace threat assessment process


Workshop Objectives
List the steps of the "pathway to violence" as put forth by Calhoun and Weston
Identify how the WAVR captures and documents a subjects risk of violence at any given moment
Describe the differences between making a threat and posing a threat
List the legal issues involved in confronting a potentially violent employee
Demonstrate through practice cases the ability to accurately assess risk using the WAVR-21

Reid Meloy, PhD, ABPP
Reid Meloy, PhD, ABPPDr. Meloy is a board-certified forensic psychologist (ABPP) and consults on criminal and civil cases throughout the U.S. and Europe. He is a clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine, and a faculty member of the San Diego Psychoanalytic Center. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and is past president of the American Academy of Forensic Psychology. He has received a number of awards and honors, and was the Yochelson Visiting Scholar at Yale University in March, 2015. Dr. Meloy has authored or co-authored over two hundred twenty papers published in peer-reviewed psychiatric and psychological journals, and has authored, co-authored or edited eleven books. He has been conducting research and writing on personality disorder, psychopathy, stalking, narcissism, criminality, mental disorder, and targeted violence for the past twenty-five years. His first book, The Psychopathic Mind (Aronson, 1988), was an integration of the biological and psychodynamic understanding of psychopathy. His co-edited book with Drs. Hoffmann and Sheridan, Stalking, Threatening and Attacking Public Figures (Oxford University Press, 2008), led to a commissioned study for the National Academy of Sciences on threats toward public figures published in 2011 (www.nap.edu). His most recent book is the International Handbook of Threat Assessment (Oxford University Press, 2014). Dr. Stephen White and he created the WAVR-21 (Specialized Training Services, 2007, 2010, 2016 (www.wavr21.com), a structured professional judgment instrument for targeted workplace violence, now in its 3rd edition. Dr. Meloy is a consultant to the Behavioral Analysis Units of the FBI, Quantico, and is the originator and developer of the TRAP-18 (Terrorist Radicalization Assessment Protocol). He was a member of the Fixated Research Group for the United Kingdom’s Home Office concerning threats to the Royal Family and British political figures, and is a consultant to Work Trauma Services, headquartered in San Francisco, and Team Psychology and Security in Darmstadt, Germany. He is also a senior editor of the Journal of Threat Assessment and Management. He was a technical consultant to the television program CSI from its inception in 2001 until its final episode in 2015.

Threat Assessment and Management with Adolescents and Young Adults

Particularly in a campus environment, it is essential to accurately assess the risk of adolescents and young adults who may become violent. The critical question then, is can you assess risk in adolescents the same as an adult? This workshop addresses that and many other important issues necessary to keeping our kids, campuses and communities safe. The focus will be on developing the skills and competencies of professionals who conduct or contribute to threat assessments with youth and young adults. Participants will learn fundamental concepts related to assessing, managing, and communicating about risk for general and targeted violence in adolescents based on empirically supported practices. Assessment tools will be examined for their effectiveness. Impulsivity and risk taking will be examined along with other developmental aspects. The training is appropriate for behavioral intervention/threat assessment team members, law enforcement, mental health, human resources, EAP’s, attorneys, child advocacy, security and any other professional tasked with violence prevention or safety.


Workshop Content

1.    Approaches to threat assessment

2.    How threat assessment with youth differs from adults

3.    Implications of social and neurological developmental issues, including impulsivity and risk taking

4.    Strategies to maximize data collection during interviews with young people

5.    How to make use of collateral data, including social media

6.   Strategies for generating risk formulations using research based risk and protective factors

7.    How to develop individualized risk mitigation strategies for youth across settings

8.    Youth threat assessment tools: SAVRY, WAVR-21, YLS/CMI

9.    Is mental illness a risk factor and if so, which types are most likely to contribute to violence

10. Fundamentals of writing threat assessment reports

Learning Objectives

1.    Compare and contrast three approaches to threat assessment

2.    Summarize the unique elements of threat assessment with youth

3.    Demonstrate effective interview strategies

4.    Describe key sources of collateral data

5.   Use research based risk and protective factors to assess risk for violence

6.    Explain different approaches to formulating risk data

7.    Identify treatment and other risk management strategies for youth

8.    Discuss key elements of violence risk communication



Laura Guy, PhD, ABPP
Laura Guy, PhD, ABPPDr. Guy has been conducting research on topics related to violence, adolescents, mental disorder, psychopathy, and malingering for 20 years. She has authored or co-authored more than 150 scientific presentations, articles, chapters, and books, including Risk Assessment in Juvenile Justice: A Guidebook for Implementation. She is a founding member of InForSANA, the International Forensic Screening and Assessment Network for Adolescents.

Dr. Guy’s expertise is in the field of clinical-forensic psychology, with a focus on violence risk assessment and management of youth and adults and system-level implementation of such practices. Laura has board certification in forensic psychology from the American Board of Professional Psychology and is licensed to practice psychology in U.S. and Canadian jurisdictions. Along with several others she is working on a Structured Professional Judgement instrument concerning violence risk in youth and young adults named YEARS (Youth and Emerging Adult Risk and Strength System).

She is currently an adjunct professor at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia. Prior to that, she was on faculty in the Department of Psychiatry at University of Massachusetts Medical School. She is the Editor of Journal of Threat Assessment and Management, is on the editorial board of Psychological Assessment, and has served as ad hoc reviewer for 18 journals. She is Vice President of the Canadian Association of Threat Assessment Professionals and has been active in other professional organizations, including the Canadian Psychological Association, American Law-Psychology Association, and the International Association of Forensic Mental Health Services.

Her research has been funded by grants from the MacArthur Foundation, the DOJ, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, and Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. She has received various distinctions for her professional work, including the Dr. Chris Hatcher Memorial Scholarship from the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals and most recently was co-recipient of the 2018 Canadian Psychological Association John C. Service Member of the Year.

Advanced Threat Assessment and Threat Management: Front Line Defense for Evolving Threats

Recent acts of targeted violence in the United States and elsewhere, such as the attack in Paris, the Washington Navy Yard, UC Santa Barbara, the San Bernardino, Orlando, Las Vegas and Florida mass murders, reinforce the need for law enforcement, security, corporate, education and mental health professionals to be knowledgeable and skilled in threat assessment and threat management. Many acts of targeted violence are preventable, making their eventual occurrence even more tragic. Of those perpetrators who have gone on to commit violence, many were known to their respective communities as being a potential problem. Threat assessment and threat management have been shown to be effective processes which not only identify a subject at risk but also can provide a road map for successful interventions.

This two day workshop will provide the most up to date information on threat assessment and threat management. Taught by Dr. Reid Meloy, a leading expert in the field, this program will showcase the threat assessment process, look at the warning behaviors seen prior to targeted violence, summarize what we know about mass murderers, examine ideologically driven (terrorist) acts, the stalking of public figures and prior sexual intimates, look at new research on threats, describe the WAVR-21 (Workplace Assessment of Violence Risk) and its contribution to workplace and campus threat assessment, consider the “dark triad” of targeted violence, present a factual look at mental illness and violence risk, and describe contemporary risk management strategies. Additionally, Dr. Meloy will introduce the TRAP-18 (Terrorist Radicalization Assessment Protocol) as terrorism has become an important area of concern in threat assessment. All allied professions to the threat assessment process should attend.


Workshop Content:
Threat Assessment vs. Violence Risk Assessment
Warning Behaviors Within Threat Assessment
Domains of Targeted Violence:
Adolescent and Adult Mass Murder
Ideologically Driven (Terrorist) Acts
Stalking of Public Figures
Stalking of Prior Sexual Intimates
New Research on Threats
The WAVR-21 Approach to Workplace and Campus Threats
The Dark Triad in Targeted Violence (Narcissism, Psychopathy and Machiavellianism)
The Nature of Psychosis and Targeted Violence
The TRAP-18 (Terrorist Radicalization Assessment Protocol)
Risk Management Strategies: The Public and Private Partnership

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion to this program, participants should be able to:
Describe at least three differences between threat assessment and violence risk assessment
Identify eight warning behaviors for targeted violence
List three behavioral characteristics of the adolescent mass murderer
Compare public figure stalking to the stalking of prior sexual intimates and describe three differences
Identify how the WAVR-21 provides a roadmap to threat assessment in the workplace and on a campus
Describe how the “Dark Triad” contributes to risk of targeted violence
Identify in which ways psychosis may contribute to targeted violence
List three contemporary risk management strategies in cases involving threats


Reid Meloy, PhD, ABPP
Reid Meloy, PhD, ABPPDr. Meloy is a board-certified forensic psychologist (ABPP) and consults on criminal and civil cases throughout the U.S. and Europe. He is a clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine, and a faculty member of the San Diego Psychoanalytic Center. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and is past president of the American Academy of Forensic Psychology. He has received a number of awards and honors, and was the Yochelson Visiting Scholar at Yale University in March, 2015. Dr. Meloy has authored or co-authored over two hundred twenty papers published in peer-reviewed psychiatric and psychological journals, and has authored, co-authored or edited eleven books. He has been conducting research and writing on personality disorder, psychopathy, stalking, narcissism, criminality, mental disorder, and targeted violence for the past twenty-five years. His first book, The Psychopathic Mind (Aronson, 1988), was an integration of the biological and psychodynamic understanding of psychopathy. His co-edited book with Drs. Hoffmann and Sheridan, Stalking, Threatening and Attacking Public Figures (Oxford University Press, 2008), led to a commissioned study for the National Academy of Sciences on threats toward public figures published in 2011 (www.nap.edu). His most recent book is the International Handbook of Threat Assessment (Oxford University Press, 2014). Dr. Stephen White and he created the WAVR-21 (Specialized Training Services, 2007, 2010, 2016 (www.wavr21.com), a structured professional judgment instrument for targeted workplace violence, now in its 3rd edition. Dr. Meloy is a consultant to the Behavioral Analysis Units of the FBI, Quantico, and is the originator and developer of the TRAP-18 (Terrorist Radicalization Assessment Protocol). He was a member of the Fixated Research Group for the United Kingdom’s Home Office concerning threats to the Royal Family and British political figures, and is a consultant to Work Trauma Services, headquartered in San Francisco, and Team Psychology and Security in Darmstadt, Germany. He is also a senior editor of the Journal of Threat Assessment and Management. He was a technical consultant to the television program CSI from its inception in 2001 until its final episode in 2015.


Location


This four day event is hosted by Endicott College and the MS in Homeland Security Studies Program and is produced by Specialized Training Services. 

It will take place at:

Endicott College
376 Hale St.
Beverly, MA 01915

We have secured a block of discounted hotel rooms for our participants in the nearby town of Danvers. 

Courtyard Boston Danvers
275 Independence Way
Danvers, MA 01923
978 777-8630 or 800 321-2211

Please contact the numbers above to make a room reservation. The hotel offers free high speed internet, fitness center and outdoor pool. The hotel is adjacent to the Liberty Tree Mall as well as numerous restaurants. We have secured good rates in this popular summertime destination of $149 S/D. When making a reservation, indicate that you are reserving under the Specialized Training Services room block. Our block is small and will likely sell out so early reservations are strongly advised. Any rooms remaining in the block after the cut off date of May 13 will be returned to inventory and sold at a higher rate.

Registration



Please note: prices below reflect the early tuition rate. After May 10, 2019, prices increase $10.00 per training day

Please note: Tuition prices include coffee and pastries, full cooked to order lunch and morning and afternoon breaks.

All three programs (four days of training), June 11-14, 2019
 $869.00 
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WAVR-21 & Advanced Threat Assessment, June 11, 13-14, 2019 only
 $689.00 
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Threat Assessment with Adolescents & Advanced Threat Assessment, June 12-14, 2019 only
 $689.00 
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WAVR-21 & Threat Assessment with Adolescents, June 11-12, 2019 only
 $475.00 
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Assessing Threats and Violence Risk in the Workplace and on Campus with the WAVR-21, June 11, 2019 only
 $262.00 
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Threat Assessment and Management with Adolescents and Young Adults, June 12, 2019 only
 $262.00 
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Advanced Threat Assessment and Threat Management: Front Line Defense for Evolving Threats, June 13-14, 2019 only
 $475.00 
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