The Practice of Workplace Threat Assessment in Europe:

Similarities & Differences from North America Stephen White, Ph.D.Winter, 2023 How similar and how different are issues of workplace targeted violence in Europe as compared to North America? How does the practice of threat assessment in work and campus contexts need adjusting when applied in Europe, or other Western countries for that matter? My longtime colleague, Bram van der Meer …

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Linguistics and Threat Assessment:

Julia Kupper and Stephen White Spring, 2023 In this feature, our colleague and guest contributor, Julia Kupper, introduces tactical and forensic linguistic methodologies – a promising aid in investigating language evidence for the risk of targeted violence across various populations of concern.

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Disability Evaluations and Violence Risk: Early Recognition of Mental Health Issues Can Reduce More Concerning Behaviors Later

Philip Saragoza, M.D. Winter, 2023 An increasingly common issue I see in my consulting is organizations struggling with what to do about an employee who is exhibiting disconcerting or disruptive behavior, but that doesn’t include outright aggression, hostility or threats. These behaviors are often reflective of different types of mental health and/or substance use issues, but not yet identified as …

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Threat Assessment Team Negligence: Cleveland vs. Taft Union

Reid Meloy, Ph.D. & Molly Amman, J.D. Summer, 2022 For those of you trying to convince senior management to commit sufficient resources for a credible and sustained best practices protocol – show them this feature by Reid Meloy and our colleague Molly Amman. Another sign that with the increase in risk of violence in organizational settings comes increased exposure to …

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Missteps and Omissions in Threat Assessment Practice

Stephen White, Ph.D.Winter, 2022 On March 8th and 9th Reid Meloy and I will conduct our annual two-day WAVR-21 training, open to threat assessment practitioners across all disciplines. Please see the adjoining reminder in this newsletter for more details. We are excited to see the robust response in registrations, both in person and virtually. Among the issues we address in …

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The Menu for an Extremist Ideology

In this feature, reprinted from Psychology Today, Reid Meloy identifies the commonalities that all extremist ideologies share. As threat assessors, his formulation informs our understanding of the link between beliefs and violence. Reid Meloy, Ph.D.Fall, 2021 We are awash in reports of extremist beliefs, extremist groups, acts of terrorism, and threats from the left and the right.  Concerns about extremism …

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Conspiracy Theories and Violence: What Threat Assessors Should Know

Philip Saragoza, M.D. & Stephen White, Ph.D.Spring, 2021 In this feature, we discuss the challenge of identifying conspiracy theorists who pose a risk of violence – a topic we will address in our upcoming workshop, Violent Extremism, 2021: A Threat Assessment Update, May 10-13. On Christmas day, 2020, in downtown Nashville, Tennessee, lone actor Anthony Warner detonated a bomb from …

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The Attack on the US Capitol as a Case of Workplace Trauma

Stephen White, Ph.D.Winter, 2021 In this feature, Stephen White discusses workplace trauma – the impact of life-threatening violent incidents on employees and an organization, and what leadership can do to support recovery and restore business functioning. The recent attack on the US Capitol and its myriad implications is the subject of intense national attention. Impassioned debate, calls for investigations and …

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