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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

Presented by

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.