Upcoming Trainings & Events

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Upcoming WAVR-21 & Related Trainings in 2020
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Upcoming Trainings & Presentations
by WTS Consultants
 
Threat Assessment Update 2020:
Extremism and Lone Actor Terrorism

Reid Meloy
Philip Saragoza
Stephen White

Sept. 28-30, 2020

Three half days (0900-1300 PDT each day)
12 hours CEU

Domestic terrorism is on the rise in the United States as social and political polarization escalates.  With a national election on the horizon, anxiety concerning a pandemic, and widespread civil protest, how do threat assessors identify, assess, and manage individuals who may pose a risk of extremist violence?  Are there ways to separate the supporters of various causes from those who intend to act and mobilize for violence?

This virtual seminar, over three half-day sessions, will discuss findings and insights from research and in-depth case studies that reveal the psychology of extremists and lone actor terrorists.  Participants will be instructed on the use of investigative techniques and structured assessment strategies that inform case management decision making.

Initial topics will include the rising prevalence of conspiracy theory, practical tools for debunking such theory, extreme overvalued beliefs vs. delusions, and stochastic terrorism from political leaders. The training will continue with a focus on specific beliefs and movements, including accelerationists, replacement theory, the Incels and other extreme misogynists, White Nationalists, Boogaloo, QAnon, Atomwaffen, and more.  The tactics of such groups include using progressive left wing protests to achieve extreme right wing (XRW) goals, and magnifying COVID-19 fears to advance anti-government attitudes. Intensive case studies will deepen understanding of the radicalization path, including the Toronto automobile massacre (Minassian), the false pipe bomb dissemination (Sayoc), and an updated perspective on the Isla Vista mass murder (Rodger). Emphasis will be placed upon both online and on the ground investigations.   The training will conclude with a thorough introduction to the TRAP-18, a validated risk assessment instrument for lone actor terrorist violence.

For more details and to register, please go to: 

CE credits are available
Fee: $379.
Discounts available: early bird registration, ATAP/CATAP/AETAP/,
& law enforcement

Hosted by Specialized Training Services
 
 
Assessing Threats and Violence Risk on Campus, in the Workplace & Community with the WAVR-21 
Dr. Stephen G. White
November 4, 2020
Davis, CA
 
Advanced Threat Assessment and Threat Management: Front Line Defense for Evolving Threats
Dr. J. Reid Meloy
November 5-6, 2020
Davis, CA
 
For more details and to register, please go to: 
 
Additional Upcoming Trainings & Presentations
by WTS Consultants
 
The Hare Psychopathy Checklist-Revised (PCL-R) two-day online training 
with Dr. Robert Hare
Dr. Reid Meloy
October 8-9, 2020 
Please go to the GIFR website for further details and to register.
 
Advanced Threat Assessment for School Settings: The Creation and Implementation of Threat Assessment and Management Teams in K-12 School Settings 
Dr. Kostas A. Katsavdakis
August 14, 2020 
Live Stream Training Event via Zoom

A Brief Overview of Threat and Risk Assessment and Management in K-12 School Settings
Dr. Kostas A. Katsavdakis
October 12, 2020 
Saratoga, New York
Sponsored by School Facilities Management Institute, Inc.
 
Now Introducing…

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.

 

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 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: 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 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 (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.