AAFP: Advanced Threat Assessment and Management

Presented By Kostas A. Katsavdakis, PhD, ABPP
Kostas A. Katsavdakis, PhD, ABPP

4 Hours | 4 CEs

This on-demand professional training program on Advanced Threat Assessment and Management is presented by Kostas A. Katsavdakis, PhD, ABPP in partnership with the American Academy of Forensic Psychology (AAFP).

This program focuses on threat assessment for targeted or intended violence. Content includes differences between threat assessment and more traditional violence risk assessment, data on affective (reactive) v. predatory (instrumental) violence, a theoretical typology of warning behaviors--accelerating patterns of risk in such cases--and some confirmatory empirical data, and specific findings from various domains of targeted violence, such as stalking, lone-actor attacks, radicalization, and domestic terrorism.

The program includes a review of the relevant language, ethnic, cultural, and racial differences applicable to the process of threat assessment. Several structured assessment methods to manage threats across a variety of settings are reviewed. The program identifies emerging empirical research on threat assessment and reviews multiple management strategies tailored to the reduction of threats.

Intended Audience

This on-demand professional training program is intended for mental health and other allied professionals

Experience Level

This on-demand professional training program is appropriate for beginner, intermediate, and advanced level clinicians.

CE / CPD Credit

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Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this program you will be able to:

Describe key behavioral, emotional, and biological differences between reactive/expressive and proactive/predatory violence

Describe the relevant components of an effective threat versus risk assessment protocol

Describe and operationalize proximal and distal warning behaviors

Describe a process of how to integrate relevant cultural, racial, and ethnic factors as well as language differences within a threat assessment protocol

Describe available structured professional judgment tools for threat management and intervention purposes

Describe key elements for threat assessment across contexts, such as stalking, and lone-actor, including domestic terrorism, workplace, and K-12 settings

Describe concrete strategies of how to orally and in writing communicate with referral source and follow-up for long planning/management


Presented By

Kostas A. Katsavdakis, PhD, ABPP

Kostas A. Katsavdakis, PhD, ABPP is a licensed psychologist and board-certified forensic psychologist, and he is an adjunct faculty member at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Dr. Katsavdakis evaluates defendants charged with violent sexual and violent non-sexual crimes, and he conducts threat a...


1. Program Introduction

2. Affective-Predatory Modes of Violence

3. Threat vs Risk Assessment

4. Threat Assessment and Management Logistics

5. Dynamic Factors for Targeted Violence

6. Workplace Settings

7. K-12 Settings

8. Stalking

9. Lone Offender Terrorists

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Program Partner

American Academy of Forensic Psychology (AAFP)

We are proud to partner with the American Academy of Forensic Psychology (AAFP) for this training. AAFP is a non-profit organization of board-certified forensic psychologists whose mission is to contribute to the development and maintenance of forensic psychology as a specialized field of study, research, and practice. The Academy does this by providing high-quality continuing education workshops, providing a forum for the exchange of scientific information among its members, and conferring awards upon outstanding students and practitioners in the field of forensic psychology.

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