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Assessing Threats and Violence in the Workplace with the WAVR-21

Drs. White and Meloy will present a comprehensive two day training on violence risk and threat assessment in the workplace. The centerpiece of this dynamic two day event will be the WAVR-21, a structured professional guide developed by the presenters and designed for mental health, security, human resource and law enforcement professionals. First published in 2007, the WAVR-21 includes 21 empirically-based criteria for assessing different forms of workplace violence risk, including student violence in academic 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. A recent study demonstrated good to excellent inter-rater reliability for The WAVR-21, and validation research continues. The workshop will emphasize integrating the WAVR-21 "tool kit" into dynamic threat case management with its demands for flexibility. Teaching methods will include lecture, 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 anti-social individuals.

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

Workshop Content

Assess for violence risk in the workplace
Assess communicated threats in the workplace
Integrating the WAVR-21 into ongoing workplace threat management practice

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 subjects risk of violence at any given moment
Describe the differences between making a threat and posing a threat
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.

Presented by

Stephen White, Ph.D.
Stephen White, Ph.D.Dr. Stephen White is a psychologist and the President of Work Trauma Services Inc., a consulting group he founded in 1982 to assist employers with serious workplace crises. His extensive work in organizational trauma reduction led to his specializing, since 1989, in the assessment and management of workplace violence risk. Dr. White has consulted on over 4,000 threat cases for numerous Fortune 500 companies and private or public organizations of all sizes throughout the United States. He has designed and provided detailed employer threat management team training for responding to a wide range of potential risk scenarios. Dr. White has testified before the California State Legislature on behalf of workplace violence prevention legislation, and has published in the areas of workplace trauma management. He is the co-author of Threat Management of Stalking Cases in The Psychology of Stalking: Clinical and Forensic Perspectives (Academic Press, 1998). Dr. White, along with Dr. Reid Meloy, developed and published in 2007 The WAVR-21, the first scientifically based structured guide for assessing workplace violence risk. Dr. White was among invited experts of both the FBI’s National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime and the American Society of Industrial Security to participate in their development of online and published guidelines for the prevention of workplace violence. Since the events of September 11th he has worked with corporate business continuity teams to integrate human resilience planning into disaster recovery efforts. Dr. White is an Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco, where he currently co-facilitates a professional development group for medical students. He is a frequent guest lecturer at local, regional, and national forums for human resource, security, and line managers, employment law attorneys, and employee assistance professionals.