Upcoming Trainings & Events

Please go to Training and Threat Programs for a general menu of WTS training services.

Upcoming WAVR-21 Training in 2019

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Presentations by WTS Members at the ATAP Annual Conference,
August 13-16, Disneyland Hotel, Anaheim
 

Rage Against the Machine: A Case Study of Potential Workplace Violence
Michelle Calhoun, M.A., CTM, Workplace Violence Program Manager, U.S.Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services ; Lieutenant Francis P. Rego, Miami-Dade Police Department; Stephen White, Ph.D.

 

Assessing the Terrorist Threat from the Extreme Right:
New TRAP-18 Research and a Retrospective Look at the
Oklahoma City Bombing
J. Reid Meloy, Ph.D. 

From “Red Pill” to “Incels”: Assessment Issues in the Growing Realm of Gender-Based Targeted Violence Risk
Philip Saragosa, M.D.
 
For more information, see the ATAP Agenda here.
 

The WAVR-21 V3 Live Webinar 
Training

September 26, 2019, 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM Pacific Time

On September 26, 2019, The Global Institute of Forensic Research will be facilitating a remote access training on the WAVR-21 V3 with developers, Drs. Stephen G. White and J. Reid Meloy. The live and interactive workshop will provide attendees with initial training and demonstration exercises on the use of the WAVR-21 V3. This is an introductory course that also covers the development and utility of the Workplace Assessment of Violence Risk-21, Version 3 (WAVR-21 V3) and is recommended for all users.

6 hours of Continuing Education Credit are available.

 
 
Dr. Stephen White & Dr. Philip Saragoza
 
Introduction to Workplace & Campus Violence Prevention:
Myths, Facts, Prevention Do’s and Don’ts
 
Location and details TBD
October 3, 2019
Mountain View, CA
 
This workshop offers an opportunity for those professionals in all disciplines to gain a basic understanding of how to identify individuals of concern and the best practices for preventing violence. Learn the risk factors, warning behaviors, and the do’s and don’ts of a multi-disciplinary approach.
 
Those who will benefit include HR, security, legal, law enforcement, and mental health professionals. New team members in already existing programs can also get a jump start on case assessment and management.
 
Topics will include the violence risk associated with mental symptoms, stalking, bullying, domestic and intimate partner violence, data gathering and interview
strategies, and how to deal with the fear and disruption caused by threat scenarios. Attendees will be introduced to the WAVR-21 V3, a structured guide for assessing workplace and campus targeted violence risk.
 
Workshops coming this fall in Columbus, Ohio
 
Dr. Stephen White
WAVR-21 V3 Introductory Workshop
November 11, 2019
 
Dr. Reid Meloy
Advanced Threat Assessment Topics
November 12-13, 2019
 
Sponsored by Specialized Training.
Please go to the STS website for further details and to register.

 

 

And…

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 inhouse 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: swhite@wtsglobal.com.
 
Also please consider:
Help Support 
The Threat Assessment, Prevention, and Safety Act of 2018
As many of you may know, this bill in the House of Representatives (HR 6664) 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 (reidmeloy@gmail.com), 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.