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Minneapolis, MN: October 18-20, 2017
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"Campus and School Violence Threat Management"(October 18, 2017)
"Advanced Threat Assessment and Threat Management: Front Line Defense for Evolving Threats"(October 19-20, 2017)

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 offer continuing education for psychologists. Specialized Training Services maintains responsibility for these programs and their content.
Law Enforcement: These programs have been approved for law enforcement by MN POST.
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 three day event, co-hosted by the Washington County Attorney's Office and Specialized Training Services will contain updated, advanced, state of the science information about threat assessment and threat management in schools and in the workplace. Space is very limited - early enrollment is highly recommended.

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.

Cancellation Policy: Tuition, minus a $50.00 administrative fee per program, will be refunded to those providing a written notice of their intent to cancel no less than three weeks prior to the program registered for. With less than three weeks but more than two business days before the event, a written cancellation will result in a workshop credit, minus the $50.00 administrative fee, for use at another workshop within the next three years. With less than two business days notice, no refund or credit is provided under any circumstances. At any time another person may be substituted for the registrant without penalty.


Campus and School Violence Threat Management

There is a renewed sense of urgency to keep our children and schools safe. The mass shooting at Sandy Hook in December 2012, provides a somber reminder that violent offenders remain a potential threat beyond Virginia Tech and Columbine. Threat management must attend to all educational institutions and those organizations similar to a campus environment such as hospitals and others that have open public assess. Deaths to students in Colorado, Pennsylvania, and China at the hands of outside offenders highlights that students are not the only threat sources, but that we must also protect our schools from outsiders with unique and dangerous agendas. The tragic deaths of hundreds of people, many of whom were children, in a school based terrorism incident in Russia further underscores the possible reach of terrorism. There are new dimensions of threats for school personnel, mental health, legal, and school police and security professionals to consider.

This presentation will provide attendees with an overview of cutting edge information about school and campus based threat assessment, violence prevention and intervention strategies. It will assist in understanding the unique assessment, management, criminal, and civil legal issues associated with these cases and how to keep students and staff safe while reducing one’s liability in the process. The material presented will be based on over 20 years of topic-specific experience, pre/post conviction interviews and reviews of school violence perpetrators, victims, and incidents. Participants will gain practical ideas that may be applied to their own educational setting.

Workshop Content

Extent of the school violence problem
Three types of potential offenders
Warning signs and risk factors associated with school violence
Improving early warning detection systems
Applied threat assessment principles
Interview strategies for potential offenders
Systemic and multidisciplinary aspects of school based threat management-integrating mental health, law enforcement, and school resources
Perpetrator’s stories from videotaped interviews and other sources

Workshop Objectives
Identify who may be an offender in a school shooting
List at least five warning signs that violence is probable
Describe optimal early warning systems on a campus
List the six steps of a campus threat assessment process
Describe how to best interview a subject at risk

Kris Mohandie, Ph.D., ABPP
Kris Mohandie, Ph.D., ABPP
    Dr. Kris Mohandie is a clinical, police, and forensic psychologist with over twenty years of experience in the assessment and management of violent behavior. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) in Police and Public Safety Psychology. 
    Dr. Mohandie developed a model school violence threat management program and regularly consults to college/university and K-12 schools, as well as workplace violence, extreme violence, stalking, and threat cases in the private and public sector. His book, School Violence Threat Management came out in 2000, now in its second printing. 
    He has worked in field responses and case investigations for local, state, and federal law enforcement organizations including LAPD’s Threat Management Unit, SWAT/Crisis Negotiation Team, and the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Program. He responded on-scene to the O.J. Simpson barricade and the North Hollywood Bank Robbery Shootout. Dr. Mohandie has assisted as a consultant to a number of notorious and aggravated stalking cases, including the prosecution of the stalker of Steven Spielberg. 
    He was the lead author of the largest study to date of over one thousand North American stalkers, which appeared in the January 2006 volume of the Journal of Forensic Sciences, and is second author of a large study of female stalkers which was published in Behavioral Sciences and the Law in 2012. He was lead researcher of a large study of police shootings with an emphasis upon suicide by cop cases, published by the Journal of Forensic Sciences in 2009, 2010 and 2011. Dr. Mohandie, along with several others, participated in two scientific studies of mass murder, including those perpetrated by adults and adolescents. He has several coauthored chapters which will appear in the forthcoming International Handbook of Threat Assessment. 
    Dr. Mohandie has conducted extensive trial pending and prison interviews of violent offenders, including a number of stalkers, hostage takers, workplace and school violence perpetrators, serial, and multiple murderers. Dr. Mohandie’s work has been featured in the LA Times, USA Today, E!, and he has appeared in the news programs of CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC, BBC, and Fox, as well as programs on Investigative Discovery, A&E, History, and the Discovery Channel. He regularly consults on matters of risk and threat management to the private and public sector, including the entertainment industry.

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 and San Bernardino 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. 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
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.


Training location:
Washington County Historic Courthouse
101 Pine St W.
Stillwater, MN 55082

The historic town of Stillwater has mostly smaller hotels/bed and breakfasts, thus we are unable to get a block of rooms at a preferred rate. Woodbury (a 10-15 minute drive to the training site) is the closest area for larger hotels. We are holding a block of rooms at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites, Woodbury. Our preferred rates: two queen beds - $119.00, one room suite with king bed and pullout couch - $139.00. Our block is small and given the exceptional rates, will likely sell out quickly. So despite the official Sept. 17 expiration date, early reservations are highly recommended. To reserve a room, contact the hotel at (651) 702-0200 and indicate that you are with the Specialized Training event/room block.


Both programs: October 18-20, 2017

Campus and School Violence Threat Management, only

Advanced Threat Assessment and Threat Management, only