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Upcoming WAVR-21 & Related Trainings in 2020
February 26-27, 2020
Drs. Stephen White and Reid Meloy
will conduct their two-day workshop on
The Assessment and Management
of Workplace & Campus
Violence Risk with the WAVR-21 V3
New: The option for private case consultations on Day 3*
This dynamic two-day workshop offers a blend of didactic material and video case presentations, case vignette practice, research updates, and focused discussion of common issues.
Now an annual event: A Bay Area WAVR-21 winter workshop, bringing together multi-disciplinary threat assessment practitioners from around North America and beyond. Please come and celebrate with us the first of these annual workshops, networking and benchmarking with fellow professionals.
Attendees will be thoroughly acquainted with the WAVR-21 V3 – the Worksheet, Grid, and Intake and Documentation forms, and how to integrate WAVR-21 data into dynamic threat case management.
Content will include:
- New: Illustrative brief case examples of each of the WAVR risk and protective factors, as observed in actual incidents and common scenarios.
- New: The Incel Automobile Attack in Toronto: An in depth look at the police interview of Alek Minassian, focusing on his personal grievance, moral outrage, and ideology, including how the internet spreads and amplifies extreme beliefs and the justification of violence.
- The Aurora Theatre Mass Murder: An in-depth case study and reflection, including psychodynamics of the assailant’s motives, implications for operational protocols, and a retrospective WAVR-21 threat assessment.
- Lone Actor Terrorism – Research Update: Reid Meloy, developer of the TRAP-18, will review recent findings from research and case studies, the implications for workplaces and institutions of higher learning, and its nexus with the WAVR-21 V3.
Continuing topics include targeted violence dynamics, the “pathway to violence,” stalking, mental illness and violence, intimate partner violence, psychopathy, bullying, interviewing strategies, integrating data with professional judgment, communication issues, managing fear, and common program and intervention obstacles.
*Day 3: Private Case Consultations on Friday February 28th
This workshop will provide an opportunity for multi-disciplinary teams in attendance to request a private session for debriefing cases from their own organization. The meetings will be scheduled throughout the day in 1.5 hour blocks, and will be facilitated by either Dr. White or Dr. Meloy based on the nature of the case. Please contact Dr. White for further information including location, scheduling, and additional fees: swhite@wtsglobal.
Further information on the specific details including hotels and transportation:
To register, contact Dr. Stephen White: email@example.com.
Early bird registration discounts will be in effect until February 1st.
Note: This workshop is sponsored by Work Trauma Services Inc. Other threat assessment and WAVR-21 workshops are scheduled for 2020 that will be sponsored by Specialized Training (specializedtraining.com).
Advanced Threat Assessment and Management
Dr. Kostas A. Katsavdakis
The Hare Psychopathy Checklist-Revised (PCL-R) two-day online training
with Dr. Robert Hare
Dr. Reid Meloy
March 5-6, 2019
Please go to the GIFR website
for further details and to register.
Advanced Threat Assessment and Management
Dr. Kostas A. Katsavdakis
March 19, 2020
On-Demand Online WAVR-21 Training:
An Introductory Course
Dr. Stephen White & Dr. Reid Meloy
The Global Institute of Forensic Research hosts a remote access introductory WAVR-21 training. This On-Demand training will provide attendees with a solid introduction to the WAVR-21 while earning 5 hours of valuable Continuing Education Credit.
Please go to the GIFR website for further details and to register.
Advanced Case Debriefing Workshop:
A format for existing threat assessment teams
to maximize their continuing learning and growth.
Have you had training from experts, including perhaps from us? Have you attended conferences and bench-marked with other threat assessment practitioners and organizations? What’s next?
Consider a private workshop in which your threat assessment team prepares your own case presentations and then engages with us in a technical debriefing.
The best lessons and insights for you and your team ultimately come from your own case experience. If you include outside threat assessment experts to consult on cases, you hopefully learn even more from their perspective and contribution.
We have practiced post-case debriefs for years and are increasingly recommending it. The cases may still be active, but are more often considered resolved or inactive.
Among its advantages, this format illuminates the nuances in assessment strategies and case management that are particular to an individual organization, its culture, and its in-house practitioners. We can personalize teaching points and go beyond what is accomplished in general threat assessment workshops or public trainings. Discussing your own cases also provides a great way to improve assessment skills using the WAVR-21 V3.
The workshops are usually a full day and may include up to five or more cases that the team has prepared. In-depth discussion typically identifies obstacles and opportunities at various levels and how an organization’s threat management program and protocol may be improved.
Threat assessment consists of general principles, but threat scenarios present a wide variety of individual differences – in subjects of concern, targets and their expectations, and work environments and topography – calling for flexibility in response and selected interventions.
Threat assessment teams in organizational settings ideally meet regularly to discuss new and ongoing cases. But they rarely get an opportunity for a “retreat” with an expert to delve more deeply into their more challenging cases and the inherent “lessons learned” opportunities such exercises offer.
- Typical issues that teams address or recognize in their case presentations:
- Disagreements on opinion of risk among team members
- Information silos: Strategies to identify and collect useful data
- Recognizing bias errors and process flaws such as “disciplinary drift”
- Interviewing strategies with different kinds of subjects, for example individuals that are paranoid, very litigious, intimidating, or suicidal
- Identifying the possible unintended consequences of actions taken in a given case
- Communicating findings and managing fear, especially when a team’s objective opinion of risk differs from concerned clientele
- Managing one’s own emotions and personal concerns as a team member
- Identifying thresholds for appropriate engagement of threat assessment experts
- How different cases would be coded on the WAVR-21, and how to weigh and integrate findings
The critiques and discussions are conducted respectfully, as we offer teaching points and raise questions for attendees’ consideration. Threat assessment lives on information and collaboration. Attendees often come to recognize how collecting more reasonably available information leads to better-informed case management decisions.
As an alternative to in-person workshops, webinars can be arranged, and are especially effective if scheduled periodically. We emphasize that the advanced case debriefing workshops are best suited for existing teams that have had some basic training in threat assessment and have some demonstrated experience working together.
Also please consider:
The Threat Assessment, Prevention, and Safety Act of 2018
As many of you may know, this bill in the House of Representatives (HR 838
) is slowly moving forward, and outlines the beginning of a national strategy for threat assessment and management as a standard of practice. The bill is supported by many bipartisan sponsors in the House.
Your organization can help by formally endorsing this bill with a public letter of support. With organizational endorsements from institutions of higher learning, corporations, and other entities, the bill can become law.
The bill will direct a DHS Task Force to recommend a national strategy for preventing targeted violence through threat assessment and management, with grants then being awarded to establish community-based units for implementing the national strategy.
Dr. Reid Meloy has been very involved in assisting with the legislation. If you or your organization are interested in helping with a letter of endorsement
, please contact Reid (firstname.lastname@example.org
), and he can fill you in on the relatively simple next steps.
Make no mistake, this is truly a much-needed and long-awaited step forward. The legislation is informed – it reflects an understanding of targeted violence dynamics and thus meaningful and practical ways to prevent it at all levels of awareness and intervention.
You can show your stakeholders what the bill is about with this YouTube video by its author, Congressman Brian Babin: click here to view video