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The WAVR-21 in Europe
Additional details about the specific location and logistics will be published soon.
Introduction to the WAVR-21:
Modular TAM Training
Dr. Meloy and Molly Amman have recently released two-day modular training on TAM available virtually through Specialized Training Services For more information and to purchase: https://specializedtraining.com/product/the-power-of-prevention/
Introduction to Assessing and Managing Workplace and Campus Violence Risk with the WAVR-21 V3 Conducted by Dr. Stephen White New case material presented for the first time Added segment on violent extremism
On Day 2 Dr. Phil Saragoza of WTS will present a 1.5 hr virtual segment on Violent Extremism in Organizational Settings Discounts for early bird registrations, “TAP” members, and law enforcement September 6th & 7th: Portland, Oregon
Available both in-person and virtually
More details. For all trainings, attendees are strongly encouraged to purchase a copy of the WAVR-21 manual and the accompanying forms before the workshop if not already in possession of them. They are available through the publisher, Specialized Training Services: www.specializedtraining.com. Dr. White’s bio may be found here. This introductory course conducted by Dr. White, co-developer of the WAVR-21 with Dr. Reid Meloy, is now expanded to one and a half days, allowing more time for in-depth case studies. After summarizing the rationale and scientific basis for the WAVR, the focus of the training will be the application of the instrument in dynamic assessment contexts common to workplaces and campuses. Pursuing case data in silos and integrating it with professional or clinical judgment will be demonstrated, and how this process informs the challenging case management decisions faced by threat assessors. The format will include didactic segments, case vignettes, and video presentations. Common risk topics will include motives, stalking, paranoia and other violence-related mental states, domestic and partner violence, bullying, and the steps on the pathway to targeted violence. The definition of each item on the WAVR will be illustrated with case examples. Organizational obstacles and common missteps will be identified, as well as interviewing strategies, and what to expect from assessment experts. Several in-depth case studies on the second day will delve into the development of motives for violence, evidence of late-stage warning behaviors, and the nuances of decision-making. The WAVR-21 is an evidence-based “SPJ” (structured professional judgment guide) for use by multi-disciplinary teams and practitioners in work and campus settings and is increasingly recognized as the go-to SPJ for these environments and contexts. It may be used by both mental health professionals and non-clinicians alike, within the boundaries of their experience, training, and job expectations. The manual is an excellent source of threat assessment principles in general. More information about the WAVR may be found at wavr21.com.
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.
For further information and pricing please contact Dr. Stephen White: email@example.com.