Conducting a Threat Assessment Without Interviewing the Subject: Is it Possible?

December 17, 2013 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
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Speaker: Dr. Steve Albrecht, PHR, CPP, BCC

When we assess the risk of school or workplace violence, we always want to be able to talk to the person making or posing the threat.  Or do we?  This session looks at the threat assessment process in two ways: when we actually met with the subject or when we don’t.  There may be many reasons why we want to – to get his or her perspective, to read his or her body language, tone, seriousness, targeting, or plans and preparations – and why we may not want to or be able to meet with the subject prior to making our assessment – the subject or the threats are anonymous, he or she refuses to meet, or the meeting may actually spur the subject into action because he or she feels trapped or that time is running out.  While clinicians may insist that they must meet with the subject in order to conduct a full violence risk assessment, it may not always be easy, possible, or necessary.

Learning Objectives:

Know when it is a good idea to meet with a threat subject and when it is not.

Know how to develop, collect, and interpret threat-related data and put it into context.

Discuss the limitations of threat assessment when you don’t meet with a subject.

Discuss how, where, and when to hold a threat assessment meeting.

Presenter Bio: Dr. Steve Albrecht, PHR, CPP, BCC, is internationally-known for his writing and training efforts in school and workplace violence prevention.  In 1994, he co-wrote Ticking Bombs, one of the first business books on workplace violence.  His San Diego firm provides training, consulting, and HR support.  He is board certified in HR, security, and coaching.  He holds a doctorate in Business Administration, an MA in Security Management, a BS in Psychology, and a BA in English. He worked for the San Diego Police Department for 15 years, as fulltime officer, reserve sergeant, and DV investigator.  He has written 15 books on business and criminal justice subjects.

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