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

Determining risk of violence is paramount to anyone doing threat assessments. Dr. Stephen White, co-author of the WAVR-21, will present a one-day training on violence risk and threat assessment in workplace, campus and community settings 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 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, 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. The goal is to get participants up and running on the use of the WAVR-21 in this short, one day introduction to the instrument.

Attendees are encouraged to purchase a copy of the WAVR-21 manual before the workshop if you don't already have one. Those who wish to purchase the WAVR-21 in advance can do so at www.specializedtraining.com. The WAVR-21 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

Presented by

Stephen White, PhD
Stephen White, PhDStephen G. White, Ph.D., is a psychologist and the President of Work Trauma Services Inc., a consulting group he originally 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 and campus violence risk. Dr. White has consulted nationally and internationally on over 4,500 threat cases for numerous Fortune 500 companies, private and public organizations, law firms and their clientele, colleges and universities, and law enforcement, military and governmental entities. He has testified before the California State Legislature on behalf of workplace violence prevention legislation. Dr. White 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 in 2007 The WAVR-21. Now in its third edition, the WAVR-21 is an evidence-based structured professional judgment guide for assessing workplace and campus violence risk. Dr. White has contributed chapters on workplace violence in the first and second editions of The International Handbook of Threat Assessment, published by Oxford University Press, and is a Contributing Editor for the Journal of Threat Assessment and Management. He was a member of the expert panel of the 2012 US Army-sponsored Workplace Violence in the Military Program, providing peer reviews of scientific proposals to study predictors of targeted violence across Department of Defense service areas. Dr. White has served as an Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco, where he co-facilitated professional development groups for medical students. He is a sought-after trainer and 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.