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  • Preventing Domestic Homicides


    Preventing Domestic Homicides: Lessons Learned from Tragedies focuses on the diverse nature of domestic homicides and what has been learned about the most effective prevention strategies from emerging research and the work of domestic violence death review committees in Canada, the US, the UK, NZ and AU. Each chapter focuses on different populations—specifically older women, youth dating relationships, indigenous women, immigrant and refugee populations, rural/remote communities, same-sex relationships, homicides with police & military, domestic homicide in the workplace, and children killed in the context of domestic violence. Topics cover current research, risk factors, and include case studies from domestic homicide review committees.

    Cases are summarized regarding major themes and recommendations, such as public awareness, professional training, risk assessment, intervention and collaboration amongst service systems. Written for academic and domestic violence researchers in sociology, criminology, psychology and psychiatry by global contributors with on-the-ground domestic homicide experience.

    1st Edition – March 24, 2020

  • The Psychology of Insider Risk – Detection, Investigation and Case Management


    Clinical psychologist and former intelligence officer Eric D. Shaw brings over 30 years of psychological consultation experience to the national security community, corporate investigations and law enforcement to this work on insider risk. After a career in counterterrorism, Dr. Shaw spent the last 20 years concentrating on insiders—employees who commit espionage, sabotage, intellectual property theft, present risks of harm to self and others, and other workplace risks, especially those influenced by mental health conditions.

    Dr. Shaw is the author of the Critical Pathway to Insider Risk (CPIR) which addresses the characteristics, experiences and connections at-risk employees bring to our organizations, the stressors that trigger higher levels of risk, the concerning behaviors that signal this risk has increased and the action or inaction by organizations that escalate insider risk. The CPIR also examines what these employees look like when they have broken bad and the personal characteristics, resources and support that can mitigate these risks. Dr. Shaw also examines specific risk accelerators like subject disgruntlement, personality disorders and problematic organizational responses that can escalate the speed and intensity of insider risks. The investigative applications, strengths and weaknesses of the CPIR are also considered.

    This work also describes the behavioral science tools deployed in insider investigations, especially those designed to locate and understand persons at-risk and help organizations intervene to avoid escalation or manage potential damage. Case examples are drawn from intelligence community, corporate and law enforcement investigations. Specific insider cases where the use of behavioral science tools is described in detail include leaks, anonymous threats, erotomania, hacking, violence risk, mass destruction threats and espionage.

    The work closes with consideration of the many current and future challenges insider risk professionals face. These include the challenge of recognizing suicidal ideation as a gateway to other forms of insider risk, understanding when subject therapy will, and will not reduce risk, deciphering belief in conspiracy theory from significant extremist risk, appreciating insider threats to our elections and the unique challenges posed when the insider is a leader.

    Eric Shaw, PhD

  • The Psychology of Stalking: Clinical and Forensic Perspectives


    327 pages, published in 1998.
    J. Reid Meloy

    “The Psychology of Stalking is the first Scholarly book on stalking ever published. Virtually every serious writer and researcher in this area of criminal psychopathology has contributed to this comprehensive resource. These chapters explore stalking from social, psychiatric, psychological, legal and behavioral perspectives. New thinking and data are presented on threats, pursuit characteristics, psychiatric diagnosis, offender-victim typologies, cyberstalking, false victimization syndrome, erotmania, stalking and domestic violence, stalking of public figures, and many other aspects of stalking. This landmark text is of interest to both professionals and other thoughtful individuals who recognize the serious nature of this ominous social behavior at the end of the millennium.” Excerpt taken from bookcover

    “The Psychology of Stalking is a comprehensive, up to date, scholarly review that includes everything from Shakespeare’s stalking sonnets to cyberstalking. It provides a wealth of useful information. The book is must reading for law enforcement and mental health professionals that deal with stalkers.” Phillip J. Resnick, M.D. Director of Forensic Psychiatry, Case Western Reserve University

    “J. Reid Meloy and his colleagues have blended clinical insight, scientific rigor, and legal precision to produce the one indispensable book on stalking. Encyclopedic in coverage and gracefully written, this work will have enormous influence on practice, policy, and research. With the publication of The Psychology of Stalking: Clinical and Forensic Perspectives, the study of stalking has come of age.” John Monahan, Ph.D. University of Virginia School of Law

  • Red Flags: Frenemies, Underminers, and Ruthless People


    We all wear emotional blinders: keeping society moving smoothly depends on it. But when you absolutely must rely on another person, you have to be able to assess them objectively. Red Flags will train you to spot deceptive or dangerous people.

    Learn how to:
    – Avoid selective attention
    – Observe people over time (bad guys rely on first impressions)
    – Ask questions: most people’s favorite topic is themselves
    – Cybersleuth to verify information and track down inconsistencies

    If you want to know whether a potential boyfriend is trustworthy, are hiring employees, selecting a child care worker, or have partners in business, you need RED FLAGS.

    Wendy L. Patrick, Ph.D.

    Published: 05-17-16
    Pages: 320

  • The Risks Within: Preventing & Managing Workplace Violence


    156 pages, published in 2022.
    Marc Mcelhaney, Ph.D.

    The term, “workplace violence” has become a frightful one, suggesting the seemingly sudden emergence of a crazed “active shooter”, resulting in multiple casualties. Dr. McElhaney, a psychological specialist in the prevention and management of high-risk behavior, urges us to reconsider our preconceptions and stereotypes if we are ever going to be able to successfully prevent these often-fatal events. Relying on real examples from his files, he demonstrates that these at-risk individuals always exist among us, often unrecognized, but for a variety of reasons and circumstances, have come to pose a danger to those around them. He introduces us specifically to the events surrounding Maria, Patrick, and Neil, otherwise “normal” individuals in most circumstances, but who had encountered a perfect storm of events in their lives that, without early recognition and intervention, could have resulted in violent consequences. In the second half of this book, the author provides us with a step-by-step guide to establishing a process that enables us to identify and safely manage these behaviors before they result in dangerous and fatal consequences. This is a critical read for any manager – or for any of us for that matter.

  • School Resource Bundle

    This special, discounted price is for the following four exceptional school-based resources:
    • Assessing Student Threats, Van Dreal
    • Youth Violence Prevention, Van Dreal
    • School Violence Threat Management, Mohandie
    • Threats in Schools, A Practical Guide for Managing Violence, McCann
  • School Violence Threat Management


    230 pages, published 11/00. Updated 02/02 for second printing.

    Section One: Overview 1. Introduction to School Violence

    Section Two: School Violence Threat Assessment 2. Threat Assessment: Warning Signs 3. Threat Assessment: Risk and Stability Factors 4. Threat Assessment: Applying the Concepts

    Section Three: School Violence Intervention 5. General Intervention Strategies 6. High Risk Case Intervention Consideration 7. Moderate/Lower Risk Case Intervention Considerations

    Section Four: School Violence Aftermath 8. Aftermath Crisis Management References Recommended Resources


  • The Scientific Pursuit of Stalking


    August, 2006, 374 pages.

    Dr. Reid Meloy’s ninth book provides his vast research on stalking and obsessional following and summarizes the implications of that research. Framed with a beautifully haunting cover painting by Konstantin Dikovsky titled, “The Hidden,” Dr. Meloy has produced the most comprehensive chronology of what we know about stalking yet published. It is a must for every forensic library and any professional working in this area.

    From the Foreword
    “Stalking is neither new nor rare. Examples of intrusive behaviors that would now be identified as stalking have been described for centuries, but in the late 1980s these behaviors finally found a name. Initially, the American media applied the evocative term “stalkers” to those who pursued the famous. This label gripped the public’s imagination and rapidly propelled stalking into the public’s consciousness. It exposed a once obscure form of social deviance and provided the impetus for its criminalization.”

    Though not a new behavior, stalking may well be more prevalent in a new millennium characterized by…”

    Table of Contents

    1. Unrequited Love and the Wish to Kill
    2. Nondelusional or Borderline Erotomania: A Disagreement
    3. A Case Study: Revisiting the Rorschach of Sirhan Sirhan
    4. Demographic and Clinical Comparison of Obsessional Followers and Offenders with Mental Disorders
    5. A Case Study: Erotomania in a Shi’ite Islamic Male
    6. Stalking (Obsessional Following): A Review of Some Preliminary Studies
    7. A Case Study: “All I wanted was to love you…”
    8. The Clinical Risk Management of Stalking: “Someone is watching over me…”
    9. A Comparative Study of Psychotic and Nonpsychotic Stalking
    10. Domestic Protection Orders and the Prediction of Subsequent Criminality and Violence Toward Protectees
    11. Stalking: An Old Behavior, A New Crime
    12. A Case Study: Erotomania, Triangulation, and Homicide
    13. A Replication Study of Obsessional Followers and Offenders with Mental Disorders
    14. Risk Factors for Violence Among Stalkers
    15. Stalking and Violence
    16. Communicated Threats and Violence Toward Public and Private Targets: Discerning Differences Among Those Who Stalk and Attack
    17. Pathologies of Attachment, Violence, and Criminality
    18. Stalking, Threatening, and Harassing Behavior by Patients – The Risk Management Response
    19. When Stalkers Become Violent: The Threat to Public Figures and Private Lives
    20. Female Stalkers and Their Victims
    21. A Research Review of Public Figure Threats, Approaches, Attacks, and Assassinations in the United States
    22. Some Thoughts on the Neurobiology of Stalking

  • Snakes in Suits: Understanding and Surviving the Psychopaths in Your Office


    Revised and updated with the latest scientific research and case studies, the business classic that offers a revealing looks at psychopaths in the workplace – how to spot their destructive behavior and stop them from creating chaos in the modern corporate organization. Snakes in Suits: When Psychopaths go to Work Paul Babiak, Ph.D & Robert…

  • Stalking, Threatening, and Attacking Public Figures [backordered]


    Published 2008. 474 pages.

    Public figures require attention, whether from a constituency who votes them in or out of office, shareholders who decide their economic benefit to the corporation, or fans who judge their performances. However, on the periphery of this normal attention resides a very real risk; that of a much smaller group of individuals who lack the ability to discriminate between their own private fantasies and the figure’s public behavior. They may be personally insulted by perceived betrayal, fanatically in love due to a perceived affectionate or sexual invitation, or simply preoccupied with the daily life of the public figure. Such individuals may fixate and do nothing more. Others communicate or approach in a disturbing way. A few will threaten. And on rare occasions, one will breach the public figure’s security perimeter and attack.

    Stalking, Threatening, and Attacking Public Figures is a comprehensive survey of the current knowledge about stalking, violence risk, and threat management towards public figures. With contributions from forensic psychologists and psychiatrists, clinicians, researchers, attorneys, profilers, and current and former law enforcement enforcement professionals, this book is the first of its kind, international in scope, and rich in both depth and complexity.

    The book is divided into three sections which, in turn, focus upon defining, explaining, and risk managing this increasingly complex global reality. Chapters include detailed case studies, analyses of quantitative data, reflections from attachment theory and psychoanalytic thought, descriptions of law enforcement and protective organization activities, mental health and psychiatric categorizations and understandings, consideration of risk assessment models and variables, victim perspectives, and others.

  • The Stop Child Molestation Book


    Published in 2001, 363 pages

    1. The Stop Child Molestation Plan: Into a New Era
    2. Childhood Beginnings of the Desire to Molest
    3. Child Molesters by Accident
    4. Victims of Molestation Who Become Molesters
    5. A Child Molester in the Family: Father Molests Daughter
    6. The Magic of Early Diagnosis
    7. Treatment: The Medicines and the Therapies
    8. How Many Children can you Save?

  • Testifying in Court


    Stanley Brodsky, Ph.D.
    208 pages, published in 1991

    Extremely well written, Testifying in Court provides the reader with a unique perspective on providing court testimony. It serves the reader by demonstrating an alternative approach to courtroom testimony in theory, as well as in application.

  • Threat Assessment and Management Strategies: Identifying the Hunters and Howlers, Second Edition


    Threat Assessment and Management Strategies: Identifying the Hunters and Howlers, Second edition

    The field of threat assessment and the research surrounding it have exploded since the first edition of Threat Assessment and Management Strategies: Identifying the Howlers and Hunters. To reflect those changes, this second edition contains more than 100 new pages of material, including several new chapters, charts, and illustrations, as well as updated cases.

    The book has been reorganized into two parts. The first part offers the authors’ current thinking on how to conduct practical and effective threat management processes. The second provides an in-depth analysis of how howlers and hunters behave and how understanding those behaviors can be used to manage each type of problem individual.

    This new edition draws on the latest research, as well as ideas and concepts from the authors’ previous books. It integrates the sum of their careers in threat management—both their individual experiences managing problem situations and their research and writing on the topic—into a single volume. As in each of their previous books, it focuses on operationally effective and practical methods for managing problem situations.

    This book also covers special issues in threat management, exploring the relationship between the law and the intimacy effect as well as different ways to identify, assess, and manage howlers and hunters. Each chapter concludes with a real-life situation analysis relevant to the subject under focus.

    Drawing upon the latest research and on the previous work of its authors, Threat Assessment and Management Strategies, Second Edition provides a complete guide to setting up successful threat management processes. It approaches the presented strategies as guidelines rather than prescriptions, emphasizing that threat managers must use their intelligence and originality to modify strategies as necessary to suit each situation.

    2016, 259 pages

  • Threats in Schools: A Practical Guide for Managing Violence


    Published 2002, 154 pages
    Joseph T. McCann, PsyD, JD

    In the wake of several highly publicized school shootings, the problem of school violence has increasingly become a focus of concern for the general public as well as teachers, school officials, and students. Drawing on case studies from publicized violent incidents as well as from Dr. McCann’s private practice, Threats in Schools: A Practical Guide for Managing Violence provides techniques for identifying, conceptualizing, assessing, and managing threatening behavior by students in school settings. Offering specific case management strategies for a variety of situations, this indispensable volume provides guidance on formulating questions to ask and suggestions for developing strategies for managing potentially violent situations.

    Integrating threat assessment and risk management models, this approach will help you target potential threats to property, other students, teachers, and school staff. The interdisciplinary approach recognizes that violent behavior is dependent on the characteristics of the perpetrator, victim, and setting, and that the relationship between threats and violence is not always clear.

    Threats in Schools offers well-grounded research, detailed case studies, and theoretical approaches to help you deal with the tough issues, including:

    • zero-tolerance policies and their more effective alternatives
    • why profiling techniques to identify violence-prone students are of limited use
    • interventions to defuse potentially violent situations
    • critical incident stress management
  • Trigger Points: Inside the Mission to Stop Mass Shootings in America


    “An urgent read that illuminates real possibility for change.” —John Carreyrou, New York Times bestselling author of Bad Blood

    For the first time, a story about the specialized teams of forensic psychologists, FBI agents, and other experts who are successfully stopping mass shootings—a hopeful, myth-busting narrative built on new details of infamous attacks, never-before-told accounts from perpetrators and survivors, and real-time immersion in confidential threat cases, casting a whole new light on how to solve an ongoing national crisis.

  • Violence Assessment and Intervention: The Practitioner’s Handbook, Third Edition


    Violence Assessment and Intervention: The Practitioners Handbook, Third Edition

    2019, 490 pages

  • Violence Risk and Threat Assessment


    230 pages, published 08/00 Perhaps the most readable and practical book on violence risk ever written. Reflects the standard of practice in the field. “Reid Meloy is a leader in the arena and I highly recommend this book to members of the criminal justice and mental health communities. He has written about a very complex…

  • WAVR-21: Workplace Assessment of Violence Risk


    Email us at Info@SpecializedTraining.Com to inquire about our in-person and virtual WAVR-21 training options for your large or small group.

    This is the 3rd edition of this popular threat assessment tool. First published in 2007, the WAVR-21 has quickly become the go-to resource for threat assessment in the workplace, campus and community settings.

    The WAVR-21 is the first scientifically developed instrument for assessing risk of violence in the workplace. It was first introduced in 2007 and is currently in use in numerous Fortune 500 companies, large and smaller universities, secondary school districts, government agencies, and law enforcement and security departments throughout the US and Canada. With proper training, the WAVR-21 is an easy to use, highly effective tool for assessing risk and determining whether risk is increasing or decreasing, thereby assisting with the appropriate threat management response.

    The revised WAVR-21, Third Edition, features a coding form appropriate for all users in their risk screening or threat assessment roles. The instrument and manual content now address both campus and workplace contexts. The manual includes a new comprehensive Intake and Documentation Questionnaire, four extensive post-incident analyses of workplace and campus homicide cases, and updated and new material.

    For information on live and virtual training options, please contact us at

    Developed by Stephen White, Ph.D. and Reid Meloy, Ph.D., this manual is packed with empirically derived criteria for accurately assessing risk. The packet includes the manual and five sets of coding forms for use in workplace violence risk assessments. The advantages offered by the WAVR-21 include:

    The WAVR-21 offers tools and resources for both clinicians and workplace threat management team members

    The WAVR-21 guides users in understanding and organizing relevant data

    The WAVR-21 allows users to document, monitor, and re-assess risk

    The WAVR-21 may be integrated into multi-disciplinary threat management strategies

    The WAVR-21 incorporates the “Pathway to Violence” threat assessment model

    The WAVR-21 reflects the current state of knowledge and standard of practice variables for workplace violence risk

    The WAVR-21 provides a defensible approach to risk management in any subsequent litigation

    For information on licensing the electronic version of the WAVR-21 for your organization, visit

  • Without Conscience


    Without Conscience

    1993, 236 pages

  • Youth Violence Prevention


    Preventing Youth Violence: The Pathway Back through Inclusion and Connection Published in 2022. John van Dreal, principal author, author of Assessing Student Threats, 2nd Edition This is a book about behavioral threat assessment that focuses on prevention and early intervention. It’s about thoughtful connection, inclusion, prosocial relationship building, and the restoration of meaningful and positive…