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San Diego, CA February 12-14, 2019
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"Assessing Threats and Violence Risk on Campus and in the Workplace with the WAVR-21"(Feb. 12, 2019)
"Advanced Threat Assessment and Threat Management: Front Line Defense for Evolving Threats"(Feb. 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 three day event, hosted by the Qualcomm Global Security and produced by Specialized Training Services will contain updated, advanced, state of the science information about how to use the WAVR-21 to assess violence risk in the workplace and on campus as well as advanced methods of threat assessment and threat 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.

 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.




Programs

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

Determining risk of violence is paramount to anyone doing threat assessments. Dr. Stephen White, who along with Dr. Reid Meloy co-authored the WAVR-21, will present a one-day training on violence risk and threat assessment in the workplace and on campus using the WAVR-21 (Workplace Assessment of Violence Risk). The centerpiece of this dynamic event will focus on the use of the WAVR-21, a structured professional guide designed for mental health professionals and workplace-based threat management team members in security, education, human resources, law enforcement and mental health. First published in 2007, recognition of the WAVR-21 continues to grow as the go-to assessment tool for workplace threat scenarios.  Now in its 3rd edition, the WAVR includes 21 empirically-based criteria for assessing different forms of workplace violence risk, including student violence in college and university 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.  Research has demonstrated good to excellent interrater reliability for summary judgments of violence risk based on the WAVR-21, and validation research continues.  In this one-day format the presenter will succinctly describe the scientific and clinical basis for the WAVR risk and protective factors.  From there the focus will be on practical use of the WAVR screening and assessment tools – how they are integrated into dynamic threat case management with its demands for flexibility. The workshop will include didactic segments, 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 antisocial individuals. 

 

Attendees are encouraged to bring their own copy of the WAVR-21 manual to the workshop. Those who wish to purchase the WAVR-21 in advance can do so at www.specializedtraining.com. The WAVR is currently used by national and international organizations, government agencies and educational institutions.

 

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 subject’s risk of violence at any given moment

Describe the differences between making a threat and posing a threat

Identify the role of mental disorder in targeted violence

Describe how domestic violence issues create risk in the workplace

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


Stephen White, Ph.D.
Stephen White, Ph.D.

Dr. Stephen White is a psychologist and the founder and President of Work Trauma Services Inc. His extensive work in organizational trauma reduction led to his specializing, since 1989, in the assessment and management of workplace and campus violence risk. He has consulted on over 4,000 threat cases for numerous Fortune 500 companies, private and public organizations, law firms and their clientele, colleges and universities, and law enforcement and governmental agencies. He has authored or co-authored peer-reviewed publications on stalking, workplace and campus mass murder, violence risk assessment, autism and violence, and workplace trauma management. Dr. White, in collaboration with Dr. Reid Meloy, developed and published The WAVR-21, an evidence-based professional judgment guide for assessing workplace and campus violence risk, and now in its 3rd edition. He contributed a chapter on workplace violence in The International Handbook of Threat Assessment, published in 2014 by Oxford University Press, and is a Contributing Editor for the Journal of Threat Assessment and Management and Trauma, Violence, and Abuse: A Review Journal. He was among invited experts for both the FBI’s National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime and ASIS International, to develop their first online guidelines for the prevention of workplace violence. Dr. White is an Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco, where he has co-facilitated professional development groups for medical students. He is a frequent guest lecturer at regional, national, and international forums for security, human resource, and mental health professionals, campus administrators, law enforcement agencies, and employment law attorneys.




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 three day event, hosted by the Qualcomm Global Security and produced by Specialized Training Services will take place at:

Qualcomm Corporation, Q Auditorium, 6455 Lusk Blvd., San Diego, CA 92121-2779 

This training event will take place in a state of the science auditorium on the campus of San Diego's largest corporation, Qualcomm.  

We have secured a block of sleeping rooms for those who will need them, at the two properties below. Both are within easy walking distance to the training auditorium (with the Hyatt a little closer), both are all suite properties and both have a full menu cooked to order breakfast. The price is also nearly identical as the price of the Hyatt includes parking while you will pay an additional $12.00 per day for parking at the Residence Inn.

Keep in mind that our room block for each hotel is limited and we anticipate selling out prior to the expiration of these rates on January 4, 2019. In both cases, advise the hotel you are attending an event with Specialized Training Services.

$174.00
Residence Inn by Marriott, Sorrento Mesa
5995 Pacific Mesa Court, San Diego, CA 92121-4316
858 552-9100 or 800 331-3131

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$185.00
Hyatt House San Diego Sorrento
10044 Pacific Mesa Blvd., San Diego, CA 92121
858 597 0500

https://sorrentomesa.house.hyatt.com/en/hotel/home.html

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Registration



These prices constitute the "early" tuition rate. Prices increase $10 per training day on Jan. 11, 2019

Both programs and all three days of training (2/12-14/19
 $649.00 
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WAVR-21 training only (2/12/19)
 $249.00 
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Advanced Threat Assessment/Threat Management (2/13-14/19)
 $449.00 
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