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Seattle, WA, April 1-4, 2019
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"Threat Assessment and Management with Adolescents and Young Adults"(April 1, 2019)
"Advanced Threat Assessment and Threat Management: Front Line Defense for Evolving Threats"(April 2-3, 2019)
"Assessing Threats and Violence Risk on Campus and in the Workplace with the WAVR-21"(April 4, 2019)

April 2, 2019 - noon. Special lunchtime talk, "Assessing Student Threats" by John Van Dreal, School Psychologist, Director of Safety/Risk Management Services for Oregon’s Salem-Keizer School District and noted author of Assessing Student Threats: Implementing The Salem-Keizer System

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 the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission and produced by Specialized Training Services will contain state of the science information about threat assessment and threat management. The first day will contain information specific to threat assessment and threat management juvenile and young adults. Days two and three offer the most comprehensive and advanced information available about threat assessment/management. Finally, day four 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. 

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.


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.

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.


This four day event is hosted by the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission and produced by Specialized Training Services. It will take place at:

Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission
19010 1st Avenue 
South Burien, Washington 98148

We have secured a block of hotel rooms at two adjoining properties just 2.5 miles away from the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission. Further, we have been able to negotiate an excellent rate of $90.00 at either property. Both properties offer a free hot breakfast, free WIFI, free parking and free shuttle to and from the airport. Contact the hotel of your choice directly and indicate you will be attending a Specialized Training Services event at the WA State CJTC to receive these special rates. Early reservations are strongly suggested as our room blocks are likely to sell out. Any remaining rooms will be sold at the hotel's regular rate after March 17, 2019.

Fairfield Inn by Marriott, Seattle Sea-Tac Airport
19631 International Blvd.
Sea-Tac, WA 98188
206 244-5044

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Seattle Sea-Tac Airport
19621 International Blvd.
Sea-Tac, WA 98188
206 824-3200


Please note: These early prices expire Feb. 28. Prices will increase $10 per training day beginning March 1, 2019

All four days of training, April 1 - April 4, 2019 (includes lunchtime talk on April 2, "Assessing Student Threats" with John Van Dreal)

April 1-3, 2019 only, Adolescents & Advanced Threat Assessment (includes lunchtime talk on April 2, "Assessing Student Threats" with John Van Dreal)

April 2-4, 2019, Advanced Threat Assessment and WAVR-21 (includes lunchtime talk on April 2, "Assessing Student Threats" with John Van Dreal)

April 1, 2019, only, Threat Assessment with Adolescents

April 2-3, 2019, only, Advanced Threat Assessment (includes lunchtime talk on April 2, "Assessing Student Threats" with John Van Dreal)

April 4, 2019, only, Assessing Violence Risk with the WAVR-21