Upcoming Trainings & Events

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Assessing Threats and Violence Risk on Campus and in the Workplace with the WAVR-21 Third Edition

Conducted by Dr. Stephen White 

The workshop will be held in San Diego, CA

Feb. 12th, 2019 (in conjunction with the training listed below)

hosted by the Qualcomm Global Security

and produced by Specialized Training Services

Determining risk of violence is paramount to anyone doing threat assessments. Dr. Stephen White, who along with Dr. Reid Meloy co-authored the WAVR-21, will present a one-day training on violence risk and threat assessment in the workplace and on campus using the WAVR-21 (Workplace Assessment of Violence Risk). The centerpiece of this dynamic event will focus on the use of the WAVR-21, a structured professional guide designed for mental health professionals and workplace-based threat management team members in security, education, human resources, law enforcement and mental health. First published in 2007, recognition of the WAVR-21 continues to grow as the go-to assessment tool for workplace threat scenarios.  Now in its 3rd edition, the WAVR includes 21 empirically-based criteria for assessing different forms of workplace violence risk, including student violence in college and university settings. Incorporating years of research, the core of the WAVR-21 is the “pathway to violence” approach to cases, as developed by professionals at the US Secret Service and the US Marshals Office.  Research has demonstrated good to excellent interrater reliability for summary judgments of violence risk based on the WAVR-21, and validation research continues.  In this one-day format the presenter will succinctly describe the scientific and clinical basis for the WAVR risk and protective factors.  From there the focus will be on practical use of the WAVR screening and assessment tools – how they are integrated into dynamic threat case management with its demands for flexibility. The workshop will include didactic segments, large and small group interaction, case vignettes, and video presentations. Common workplace threat scenarios will be addressed, including stalking, subjects driven by paranoia and mental illness, domestic violence, bullying, and chronically antisocial individuals. 

Attendees are encouraged to bring their own copy of the WAVR-21 manual to the workshop. Those who wish to purchase the WAVR-21 in advance can do so at www.specializedtraining.com. The WAVR is currently used by national and international organizations, government agencies and educational institutions.

 “WAVR training was selected and provided on a systemwide basis to all ten University of California campuses.” UC Office of the President

Workshop Content

The scientific and clinical basis for the WAVR-21 risk and protective factors
Assessing violence risk in the workplace
Assessing communicated threats in the workplace
Integrating the WAVR-21 into ongoing workplace threat management practice
Common workplace threat scenarios
Applying the WAVR-21 in the workplace threat assessment process

To register:  Specialized Training Services


Advanced Threat Assessment and Threat Management: Front Line Defense for Evolving Threats

Conducted by Dr. Reid Meloy 

The workshop will be held in San Diego, CA

Feb. 13th-14th, 2019

hosted by the Qualcomm Global Security

and produced by Specialized Training Services

Recent acts of targeted violence in the United States and elsewhere, such as the attack in Paris, the Washington Navy Yard, UC Santa Barbara, the San Bernardino, Orlando, Las Vegas and Florida mass murders, reinforce the need for law enforcement, security, corporate, education and mental health professionals to be knowledgeable and skilled in threat assessment and threat management. Many acts of targeted violence are preventable, making their eventual occurrence even more tragic. Of those perpetrators who have gone on to commit violence, many were known to their respective communities as being a potential problem. Threat assessment and threat management have been shown to be effective processes which not only identify a subject at risk but also can provide a road map for successful interventions. 

This two day workshop will provide the most up to date information on threat assessment and threat management. Taught by Dr. Reid Meloy, a leading expert in the field, this program will showcase the threat assessment process, look at the warning behaviors seen prior to targeted violence, summarize what we know about mass murderers, examine ideologically driven (terrorist) acts, the stalking of public figures and prior sexual intimates, look at new research on threats, describe the WAVR-21 (Workplace Assessment of Violence Risk) and its contribution to workplace and campus threat assessment, consider the “dark triad” of targeted violence, present a factual look at mental illness and violence risk, and describe contemporary risk management strategies. Additionally, Dr. Meloy will introduce the TRAP-18 (Terrorist Radicalization Assessment Protocol) as terrorism has become an important area of concern in threat assessment. All allied professions to the threat assessment process should attend.

Workshop Content: 

Threat Assessment vs. Violence Risk Assessment 
Warning Behaviors Within Threat Assessment 
Domains of Targeted Violence: 
Adolescent and Adult Mass Murder 
Ideologically Driven (Terrorist) Acts 
Stalking of Public Figures 
Stalking of Prior Sexual Intimates 
New Research on Threats 
The WAVR-21 Approach to Workplace and Campus Threats 
The Dark Triad in Targeted Violence (Narcissism, Psychopathy and Machiavellianism) 
The Nature of Psychosis and Targeted Violence
The TRAP-18 (Terrorist Radicalization Assessment Protocol) 
Risk Management Strategies: The Public and Private Partnership

To register:  Specialized Training Services