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  • Aggression in the Workplace: Preventing and Managing High-Risk Behavior


    Violence in the workplace has risen to “epidemic” proportions according to the Centers of Disease Control. In this volume, Dr. Marc McElhaney, a specialist in workplace violence, presents a comprehensive guide that no manager can do without when having to prepare for these potentially dangerous and often disruptive events. These are situations that often seem to explode in the workplace without warning, when in fact, they have often long incubated outside the manager’s awareness. Utilizing a risk management approach that focuses on the process of how these situations evolve, as opposed to an oversimplified presentation of “profiles”, will provide the manager with the needed tools to prevent and effectively intervene, to ensure a safe and cost-effective resolution. This book takes a comprehensive view that covers the broad range of aggression control strategies that an organization can utilize, from the fundamental building blocks of a primary prevention program to specific techniques that the manager can use to defuse and stabilize situations that are already threatening to explode. In between, the author presents a step-by-step description of the assessment and intervention process that should occur when and if an organization is faced with a potentially dangerous set of circumstances. Specific high-risk situations, such as employee termination, are discussed in detail, along with strategies that Dr. McElhaney has found to be particularly effective when having to stabilize, control and ultimately ensure a safe and long-lasting conclusion. Utilizing an approach that combines his knowledge and experience from the fields of threat assessment, risk management, conflict resolution and crisis negotiation, the author focuses on an approach that not only addresses the organization’s immediate needs, but which also strives for a resolution and management plan that addresses long-term safety concerns.

    Marc McElhaney, PhD

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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
  • Dechefr Training Manual

    Dechefr Training Manual
    Advanced Threat Assessment of Communications
    Leverage the power of AI and psycholinguistics to rapidly assess the threat level of written or transcribed communications.
    Created by Mind Intelligence Lab, Dechefr is a structured professional judgment tool that constructs a psychological profile to identify potential risk of targeted violence
    Individual and corporate subscriptions are available
    For a free demo of the Dechefr, visit
    For information on upcoming trainings, visit
  • The Risks Within: Preventing & Managing Workplace Violence


    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.

    Marc Mcelhaney, Ph.D.

  • The Power of Prevention


    This premium, on-demand course offers world-class foundational education on pre-violence warning signs and risk factors; related stressors and triggers; mental disturbance and its relationship to targeted violence; personal grievance and ideological motivations; signs of potential imminent violence; gathering information, understanding social media impact, and avoiding various critical biases. This course will also teach practical threat assessment and management, offering instruction on the full life cycle of a case including intake, triage, critical threat assessment stages, changing levels of concern, full-spectrum threat management strategies, and responsible follow-up including case closure. Threat assessment team composition, logistics and mechanics will also be covered, as well as common challenges and barriers to success. Special topics include intimate partner violence, K-12 school issues, and understanding threat assessment tools and their use.

  • Climate Informed Threat Assessment & Management


    Participants in the CI-BTAM program will be supported to:

    1. Define climate literacy
    2. Describe the effects of climate change on the planet
    3. Identify three techniques that reduce risk of malpractice
    4. Describe the effects of climate change on human health
    5. List the effects of climate change on aggression and violence
    6. Incorporate climate change threat assessment and management in threat assessment practices
  • 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.

  • Does Wednesday mean Mom’s house or Dad’s? – Parenting Together While Living Apart


    -Marc Ackerman, Ph.D.
    Published in 1997, 206 pages

    Divorce is tough for everyone involved, but it can be especially devastating for children. Ultimately, how children are affected depends on how parents conduct themselves during this trying time. Dr. Ackerman coaches you on every aspect of the divorce, custody and co-parenting process. You’ll learn how to help your children deal with their feelings about divorce, and handle the changes in their lives. You’ll also get a wealth of practical information on what to expect in the legal process, the ins and outs of various custody arrangements and visitation plans, and how to avoid the pitfalls of parenting from a distance.

    Quotes: “…gives clear, practical guidelines to all parents who are wrestling with the pangs of separation and divorce.” – Lita Linzer Schwartz, Ph.D., ABPP

  • Without Conscience


    Without Conscience

    1993, 236 pages

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


    Violence Assessment and Intervention: The Practitioners Handbook, Third Edition

    2019, 490 pages

  • A Comprehensive System for Preventive Behavioral Threat Assessment and Management in the Schools


    (Watch recording, take quiz, complete evaluation, and download CE certificate)

    Participants in the program will be supported to:

    1. Identification of key elements of effectively managing dangerous and problematic behavior.  
    2. Identification of varying levels of risk using the Student Threat Assessment and Management Systems model.
    3. Use of the Salem-Keizer Cascade Model to assess and inform violence risk in school settings.  
  • Assessing/Managing Violence Risk with Pre-Teens: Using the EARL-V3 (Early Assessment Risk List)


    (Watch recording, take quiz, complete evaluation, and download CE certificate)

    Participants in the program will be supported to:

    1. Identify behavioral risk indicators exhibited by children aged 6 to 11 years
    2. Describe the role of Structured Professional Judgment tools in assessing risk for violence
    3. Use the Early Assessment Risk List, version 3 to inform violence risk categorization 
  • Snakes in Suits: Understanding and Surviving the Psychopaths in Your Office


    Snakes in Suits: When Psychopaths go to Work

    Paul Babiak, Ph.D & Robert D. Hare, Ph.D.

    2006, 336 pages

  • Stalking, Threatening, and Attacking Public Figures


    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.

  • 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.

  • The Abusive Personality – Violence and Control in Intimate Relationships (Second Edition)


    262 pages, New 2nd edition published in 2007.

    This thoroughly documented work demonstrates that male abusiveness is more than just a learned pattern of behavior-it is the outgrowth of a particular personality configuration. Findings from the author’s research with over 400 batterers are integrated with the literature on object relations, attachment, and psychological trauma to trace the development of the abusive personality from early childhood to adulthood. Helping readers better understand the causes of abusiveness and the subjective experience of these men, the book has vital implications for research, prevention and treatment.

    Comment: This book would most benefit psychologists, psychiatrists, family therapists, social workers, legal professionals, researchers and students.

    Quotes: “Dutton’s formulations are the product of a first-rate scientific mind informed by decades of empirical research. He brings scientific rigor and intellectual clarity to his writing, which is both scholarly and compelling. With this second edition, Dutton solidifies his position as one of the world’s most eminent domestic violence researchers.” Reid Meloy, Ph.D.

    “By far the best text on the male batterer written to date…This book is a “must read” for any clinician working with perpetrators or victims of violence.” Daniel Jay Sonkin, Ph.D.

    Donald G. Dutton

  • The Dark Side of Relationship Pursuit: From Attraction to Obsession and Stalking


    Published in 2004, 335 pages

    1. The Evolution of Relationship Intimacy and Intrusion
    2. The Pursuit of Ordinary Relationships
    3. The Topography of Unwanted Pursuit
    4. Explaining Unwanted Pursuit
    5. Managing Unwanted Pursuit
    Appendices, Bibliography, Author Index,Subject Index

  • The Expert Expert Witness


    Psychologists, psychiatrists, and other mental health professionals may be experts in their respective fields, but this expertise does not easily translate to effective courtroom testimony. Even veteran expert witnesses can encounter new challenges in these high-pressure situations, especially during a cross-examination where every statement and gesture can be scrutinized by an attorney searching for ways to dispute the expert’s credibility and opinions.

    Short chapters punctuated by memorable maxims draw from the authors’ expansive personal experiences, as well as research and stories from other expert expert witnesses, to create this must-have resource that will inform and entertain expert witnesses for many years.

    Stanley Brodsky, Ph.D.
    published in 1999

    Quotes: “This is a wonderful book. It is extremely useful for expert witnesses at all levels of experience. It is well written, succinct, highly readable, and engaging. It is a book that is enjoyable as well as educational…” Charles Patrick Ewing, J.D., Ph.D., ABPP

  • The Juvenile Sex Offender (Second edition)


    396 pages, published in 1993, 2005

    While there has been an extraordinary amount of published research and theory on sexual assault by adult male offenders, little has been written about the juvenile or adolescent offender. Filling in a gap in the literature, this comprehensive volume provides a detailed examination of the juvenile offender and what is known about the development of sexually assaultive behavior.

    Chapter Headings:

    Chapter 1: Sexual Assault in Society: The Role of the Juvenile Offender

    Chapter 2: Legal Responses to the Juvenile Sex Offender

    Chapter 3: Exploring Characteristics for Classifying Juvenile Sex Offenders

    Chapter 4: Where does Sexuality Come From? Normative Sexuality from a Developmental Perspective

    Chapter 5: Sexual Assault through the Life Span: Adult Offenders with Juvenile Histories

    Chapter 6: Pavlovian Conditioning Processes in Adolescent Sex Offenders

    Chapter 7: The Phylogenetic and Ontogenetic Development of Sexual Age Preferences in Males: Conceptual and Measurement Issues

    Chapter 8: The Importance of Attachment Bonds in the Development of Juvenile Sex Offending

    Chapter 9: Adolescent Sexual Aggression within Heterosexual Relationships: Prevalence, Characteristics, and Causes

    Chapter 10: The Relationship Between Substance Use and Abuse and Sexual Offending in Adolescents

    Chapter 11: The Conduct Disorders and the Juvenile Sex Offender

    Chapter 12: The Developmentally Disabled Adolescent Sex Offender

    Chapter 13: Treatment of the Juvenile Sex Offender within the Criminal Justice and Mental Health Systems

    Chapter 14: Cognitive Behavioral Treatment of the Juvenile Sex Offender

    Chapter 15: The Pharmacological Treatment of the Adolescent Sex Offender

    Chapter 16: Relapse Prevention with Sexually Aggressive Adolescents and Children: Expanding Treatment and Supervision

  • The Psychology of Stalking: Clinical and Forensic Perspectives


    327 pages, published in 1998.

    “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

  • 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

  • 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