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Assessing Threats and Violence Risk in the Workplace and on campus with the WAVR-21

Determining risk of violence is paramount to anyone doing threat assessments. Dr. Reid Meloy, who along with Dr. Stephen White co-authored the WAVR-21, will present a one-day training on violence risk and threat assessment in the workplace 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. A limited supply of WAVR-21's will also be available at the workshop.   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

 

Workshop Objectives

List the steps of the "pathway to violence" as put forth by Calhoun and Weston

Identify how the WAVR captures and documents a subject’s risk of violence at any given moment

Describe the differences between making a threat and posing a threat

Identify the role of mental disorder in targeted violence

Describe how domestic violence issues create risk in the workplace

List the legal issues involved in confronting a potentially violent employee

Demonstrate through practice cases the ability to accurately assess risk using the WAVR-21

Presented by

Reid Meloy, PhD, ABPP
Reid Meloy, PhD, ABPPDr. Meloy is a board-certified forensic psychologist (ABPP) and consults on criminal and civil cases throughout the U.S. and Europe. He is a clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine, and a faculty member of the San Diego Psychoanalytic Center. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and is past president of the American Academy of Forensic Psychology. He has received a number of awards and honors, and was the Yochelson Visiting Scholar at Yale University in March, 2015. Dr. Meloy has authored or co-authored over two hundred twenty papers published in peer-reviewed psychiatric and psychological journals, and has authored, co-authored or edited eleven books. He has been conducting research and writing on personality disorder, psychopathy, stalking, narcissism, criminality, mental disorder, and targeted violence for the past twenty-five years. His first book, The Psychopathic Mind (Aronson, 1988), was an integration of the biological and psychodynamic understanding of psychopathy. His co-edited book with Drs. Hoffmann and Sheridan, Stalking, Threatening and Attacking Public Figures (Oxford University Press, 2008), led to a commissioned study for the National Academy of Sciences on threats toward public figures published in 2011 (www.nap.edu). His most recent book is the International Handbook of Threat Assessment (Oxford University Press, 2014). Dr. Stephen White and he created the WAVR-21 (Specialized Training Services, 2007, 2010, 2016 (www.wavr21.com), a structured professional judgment instrument for targeted workplace violence, now in its 3rd edition. Dr. Meloy is a consultant to the Behavioral Analysis Units of the FBI, Quantico, and is the originator and developer of the TRAP-18 (Terrorist Radicalization Assessment Protocol). He was a member of the Fixated Research Group for the United Kingdom’s Home Office concerning threats to the Royal Family and British political figures, and is a consultant to Work Trauma Services, headquartered in San Francisco, and Team Psychology and Security in Darmstadt, Germany. He is also a senior editor of the Journal of Threat Assessment and Management. He was a technical consultant to the television program CSI from its inception in 2001 until its final episode in 2015.