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College Station, Texas: April 4-5, 2017
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"Advanced Threat Assessment and Threat Management: Front Line Defense for Evolving Threats"(April 4-5, 2017)

Program times: 8:30am - 4:30pm daily, morning coffee and pastries, afternoon beverages, participants are on their own for lunch
Continuing Education: 14 hours
CE provided for Psychologists: Specialized Training Services is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. Specialized Training Services maintains responsibility for these programs and their content. LCSW's, LPC's, MFT's may qualify for continuing education if their Boards approve of training by an APA approved training provider. Attorneys: STS is approved by the California State Bar. Please check your state for reciprocity.
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This two day event, co-hosted with the Texas A&M University Special Situations Team, will contain updated, advanced, state of the science information about threat assessment and threat management in schools and in the workplace. Space is limited - early enrollment is highly recommended.

This is a "can't miss" event for any individual working in a profession which requires the evaluation of risk of violence and/or the management of a subject of a risk based investigation, including professionals from education, law enforcement, security, intelligence and investigative agencies, protective services, mental health, human resources, EAP, corporate administrators, etc. The program will be presented at a high but easily understood level. Those with no experience in threat assessment and threat management will not feel lost or overwhelmed and will derive a significant amount of information by attending. More experienced threat assessment and threat management professionals will receive extensive, cutting edge information to help do their jobs at the highest level.

Cancellation Policy: Tuition, minus a $50.00 administrative fee, will be refunded to those providing a written notice of their intent to cancel no less than three weeks prior to the program registered for. With less than three weeks but more than two business days before the event, a written cancellation will result in a workshop credit, minus the $50.00 administrative fee, for use at another workshop within the next three years. With less than two business days notice, no refund or credit is provided under any circumstances. At any time another person may be substituted for the registrant without penalty.


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

Recent acts of targeted violence in the United States and elsewhere, such as the attack in Paris, the Washington Navy Yard, UC Santa Barbara and San Bernardino 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. 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
Risk Management Strategies: The Public and Private Partnership

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion to this program, participants should be able to:
Describe at least three differences between threat assessment and violence risk assessment
Identify eight warning behaviors for targeted violence
List three behavioral characteristics of the adolescent mass murderer
Compare public figure stalking to the stalking of prior sexual intimates and describe three differences
Identify how the WAVR-21 provides a roadmap to threat assessment in the workplace and on a campus
Describe how the “Dark Triad” contributes to risk of targeted violence
Identify in which ways psychosis may contribute to targeted violence
List three contemporary risk management strategies in cases involving threats

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.


This event will be held at:

Texas A&M University
Thomas G. Hildebrand Equine Complex
3240 F&B Road
College Station TX 77843-2255
(979) 846-9800
For those needing overnight accommodations, we have preferred rates with:
Hyatt Place College Station
1100 University Drive East
College Station, TX 77840
Special room rates for Specialized Training Services attendees - $110.00 S/D. The Hyatt may not have room both nights, however it is honoring our rate at their sister property, The Hawthorn Suites, just across the parking lot. Contact the Hyatt directly and indicate you are going to a Specialized Training Services event to get the special rate of $110 per night at either property. This rate will no longer expire March 4, but when the hotel no longer has rooms to offer us. The Hyatt Place is a short drive from the training site and will offer limited free shuttle services to our guests. The hotel offers free parking, a full complimentary hot breakfast buffet and a fully equipped business center.
For reservations. contact the Hyatt House directly at (979) 846-9800.


Advanced Threat Assessment and Threat Management, April 4-5, 2017

Advanced Threat Assessment and Threat Management, April 4-5, 2017