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  • California Senate Bill 553

    SB-553 Occupational safety: workplace violence: restraining orders and workplace violence prevention plan was signed into law in California in September, 2023.

    California Employers will need to be in compliance by July 1st, 2024. Expect other states to follow suit.

    Email info@SpecializedTraining.Com to find out how we can help you be in compliance with the law and protect your employees.

    See the text of the bill HERE


  • Dark Personalities in the Workplace


    Dark Personalities in the Workplace defines dark personalities, their prevalence in the workplace, and how they are best managed. The book brings together research in psychology and business to both profile these employees and impart best practices for businesses to manage them. Chapters explore narcissism, Machiavellianism, and psychopathy in a work context. Coverage includes common behaviors such as incivility, negative attitudes, counterproductive behavior and escalating to harassment, bullying, violence, and fraud. Practical advice is given on how to avoid hiring dark personalities, avoid promoting dark personalities, and how to perform investigations and interventions with dark personalities. With a background in forensic psychology and industrial/organizational psychology, Cynthia Mathieu provides a researched understanding to these personalities, case studies to better understand them, and practical tools and applied solutions for dealing with them.

    Cynthia Mathieu

  • Forensic & Tactical Linguistics 101

    On-Demand Video Training


    Presented by Julia Kupper

    This interactive workshop introduces the fields of Forensic and Tactical Linguistics. Participants have the opportunity to learn about diverse methodologies and apply their knowledge to a variety of language evidence. This includes written and spoken corroborations from international cases and interdisciplinary research in the form of targeted violence manifestos and live-streams, threatening letters, ransom demands, bomb threats, suicide notes, text messages and confessions.

    The first module, Forensic Linguistics, is divided into three segments: the introductory part asks the audience to conduct forensic transcriptions of handwritten, typewritten and recorded language evidence to develop the skill of accurate observations. The following sections provide an overview of forensic authorship analysis and linguistic variation, with hands-on exercises comprised of different types of corroborations for the viewers.

    The second module, Tactical Linguistics, focuses on linguistic threat analyses and illustrates several techniques that can assist in examining concerning communications. This entails detailed discussions and exercises on leakage, imminent threats and targeted violence communications. The final segment presents findings of a pilot study that analyzed the online and offline behaviors of three lone-actor terrorists prior to their attacks, including their language evidence.

  • Managing Extremism and Grievance-Fueled Threats

    Specialized Training Services is proud to bring you Managing Extremism and Grievance-Fueled Threats: A Forging Critical Connections Threat Assessment Training

    Sponsored by Ally Financial, Inc.

    Managing Extremism and Grievance-Fueled Threats will take place in Charlotte, North Carolina on June 4th, 5th and 6th, 2024, and will be simulcast via Zoom for those who wish to attend virtually.

    A crucial training for HR and Risk Management, Security, Law Enforcement, and Mental Health professionals

    In Person location: Ally Charlotte Center, 601 S. Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC, 28202

    Virtual Attendees: A Zoom link will be emailed 24 to 48 hours before the training to the email address you provide on your registration form.

    Day 1 Topics include:

    • Extremism and the Workplace: Threat Assessment & Management of Grievance-Fueled Violence (Includes an overview of the WAVR-21 threat assessment tool), with Phillip Saragoza, MD
    • Digital Assessment of Verbal, Written and Posted Threats, with Diana Concannon, PsyD, PCI, CTM

    Day 2 Topics include

    Day 3 Topics Include

    Register to attend one day, two days or all three days, in-person or virtually.

    The trainings will take place from 8:30 a.m. until approximately 4:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight time on each day (with a break for lunch). Lunch will be provided by Ally Financial.

    There are up to 21 hours of APA and SHRM Continuing Education Credits available.

    Virtual Attendees: A Zoom link will be emailed 24 to 48 hours before the training to the email address you provide on your registration form.


    In-person, One day only:     $275

    In-person, Two days only:    $425

    In-Person, All three days:     $600

    Virtual, One day only:          $250

    Virtual; Two days only:         $400

    Virtual; All three days          $575

    ATAP and ASIS Members: Take an additional 5% off with Coupon Code: Charlotte5

    ***You will be emailed a registration form after purchasing your enrollment***

  • Neurocriminology


    Neurocriminology: Forensic and Legal Applications, Public Policy Implications explores the dramatic impact of advances in neuroscience research and practice to our present understanding of criminality and crime control. Contemporary, cutting-edge research in neuroscience is cited and explained. Studies and cases are clearly and concisely outlined with potential uses for practical applications detailed. This will be framed in the context of criminological foundations, theory, and the notion of the nature of crime itself. This comprehensive and engaging book also delves into recent developments in modern neurology, and connections between neuroscience and its criminal, legal, and forensic implications and ramifications.

    The book poses various questions about what insight neurology can provide to human cognition, to motivation and―in particular―criminal motivation. From biological observations is there a pattern, or are there similarities, in what the brainscan of a criminal looks like? What are the treatment implications and are their valid assessments or treatments that can be used in a corrections environment to curb, or even modify, behavior definitively? And, ultimately, what are the moral, legal and social implications of all? Coverage throughout incorporates leading research that links neurological and biological factors to heightened risk for criminality. This includes coverage of suboptimal arousal (low heart rate), testosterone, neurotransmitters, and variations in MAOA―the so-called “warrior gene”―and more.

    Neurocriminology will offer a thought-provoking analysis of the broad-reaching implications of this science to better inform the prevention, investigation, monitoring, and control of crime. This includes the remarkable potential for neuroscience to serve as a resource and potential tool to criminology and penology researchers, psychologists, forensic psychologists, forensic scientists, legal professionals, and investigators of crime and criminal behavior.

    Diana M. Concannon, PsyD

  • On-Demand Video WAVR-21 Training presented by Stephen White PhD

    NEW, On-demand video, 5-hour, small-group training on the WAVR-21 V-3, presented by Stephen White, PhD–one of the developers of the tool.

    Access is limited to small groups. Contact info@SpecializedTraining.Com for more information.

    For more information on the WAVR-21 V-3, or to purchase the manual or coding booklets, Click Here.

  • Preventing and Managing Violence in Organizations – Workplace Violence, Targeted Violence, and Active Shooters


    Organizations of all types and sizes, whether they are a business, educational institution, healthcare provider, or house-of-worship, need to plan for the possibility of violent acts that may impact its people, assets, and activities. Preventing and Managing Violence in Organizations: Workplace Violence, Targeted Violence, and Active Shooters provides a comprehensive approach to addressing workplace violence, active shooter and assailant events, and other forms of targeted violence. The book takes a unique perspective that the prevention and management of violence in an organization is a risk and business management issue, rather than a siloed security issue.  As such, the book’s objective is to help organizations develop a program for preventing and managing violence that can be integrated into their day-to-day overall business management approach.

    The main theme of the book is that any program to prevent and manage violence in an organization needs to be an inclusive process: where everyone in the organization is viewed as a risk maker and risk taker, and therefore, a risk manager. The emphasis is on building a risk and security awareness culture in the organization so that everyone throughout the organization is aware and part of the solution. The book recognizes that many, if not most, organizations do not have a dedicated chief security officer to oversee the prevention and management of violence. It also recognizes that many resource allocation decisions are made by business managers, not the security manager.

    While other books approach this issue from a security perspective, this book takes the perspective that providing a safe and secure environment within the organization, and protecting its people, assets, and activities, is a business management imperative. Therefore, the book emphasizes the need to promote a risk and security awareness culture that is integrated into the organization’s system of management and all its activities and functions.  The “Introduction” section of the book includes a brief description of violence in organizations and the imperative for integrating the prevention and management of violence into the organization’s overall business management strategy. The “Framework” section helps business, human resource, risk, security, and safety managers build a programmatic framework to support prevention and management of violence in all the organizations activities. The “Tactics and Control Measures” section provides tactical and operational advice and tools on methods to prevent, respond to, and recover from potentially violent events.  For organizations that have adopted an ISO, Robust Process Improvement, or Six-Sigma management systems approach, they will immediately recognize that the elements described in the framework can be integrated seamlessly into their overall management system approach.

    Preventing and Managing Violence in Organizations illustrates a systems approach for preventing and managing violence in organizations that can also be used for managing other types of operational risks. Security managers will find the book useful for integrating security in the organization’s day-to-day activities—as an integral part of these activities—rather than an add-on activity. Security professionals will be able to present their program from a business and risk management perspective.

    Dr. Marc H. Siegel

  • 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 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.

  • WAVR-21 and Advanced Threat Assessment Training


    Specialized Training Services is proud to present a three-day Advanced Threat Management Training in Seattle, Washington, and Virtually via Zoom on October 1, 2 and 3, 2024.

    The three-day event will include a one-day training on Assessing Threats and Violence Risk on Campus, in the Workplace & Community with the WAVR-21 with Dr. Stephen White  Click Here to learn more.



    AND a two-day training on Advanced Threat Assessment & Threat Management: Front Line Defense for Evolving Threats with Dr. Reid Meloy.

    Click Here to learn more


    Register for in-person or virtual and for October 1st only, October 2nd & 3rd only, or for all 3 days. 

    ***You will be emailed a registration form after purchasing your enrollment***

    If attending the WAVR-21 training, the authors recommend that you purchase the WAVR-21 Manual (which comes with 5 coding packets) in advance. WAVR-21 Manuals are not included in the price of the training. WAVR-21 Manuals and additional coding packets can be purchased HERE

    The trainings will take place from 8:30 a.m. until approximately 4:30 p.m. Pacific time on each day (with a break for lunch). Lunch will be provided. In-person training will be held at the Von Vorst building in South Lake Union. 426 Terry Ave N, Seattle, WA  98109

    There are up to 21 hours of APA and 7 hours of SHRM Continuing Education Credits available.

    Virtual Attendees: A Zoom link will be emailed 24 to 48 hours before the training to the email address you provide on your registration form.


    • IN PERSON October 1st WAVR-21 Training Only          $375
    • IN PERSON October 2nd & 3rd Only                            $495
    • IN PERSON All 3 Days                                                   $695
    • VIRTUAL October 1st WAVR-21 Training Only              $340
    • VIRTUAL October 2nd & 3rd Only                                $450
    • VIRTUAL All 3 Days                                                       $650

    (Early Bird Pricing is available through July 31st, 2024). ATAP and ASIS Members: Take an additional 5% off with Coupon Code: Seattle5



  • Workplace Violence Prevention

    Workplace Violence Awareness Program

    Video Training Program for Employees and Managers

    Brought to you in collaboration with Dr. Marc McElhaney

    Employee awareness is critical if an organization wishes to avoid the potential harm and costs of aggressive or disruptive behaviors. You cannot have an effective Workplace Violence Response and Prevention program without employee participation and support.

    This succinct video program can be shown to all employees and supervisors as part of their initial orientation to the company or as part of ongoing employee or manager development.


    Company employees can easily access and view this program online in through our website, receiving a downloadable certificate upon completion, or your company can purchase it to place on its own training platform.

    The program is currently available in six languages: Dutch, French, Polish, Spanish, Swedish and German.

    The program can be completely customized, so that it is consistent with the company’s image and message – and will have the appearance of your own company-designed video.

    • Employee-specific training
    • Management-specific training
    • Active assailant training

    There is a “Train the Trainer” package available as well.

    Inquire Today