Threat Assessment Team Challenges

Presented By Kelly A. Watt, PhD
Kelly A. Watt, PhD

1 hour | 1 CE

This on-demand professional training program on Threat Assessment Team Challenges is presented by Kelly A. Watt, PhD, in partnership with Protect International Risk and Safety Services.

Threat Assessment teams involve collaboration among professionals – often from multiple disciplines – who assess and manage cases involving concerns about violence risk. This program focuses on challenges faced by threat assessment teams in their work due to the problematic nature of their work and the diverse composition of their membership.

Specifically, this program discusses three significant challenges based on feedback from over 700 team members from workplaces across Canada that may have implications for how they operate and what they accomplish.

Possible solutions to these significant challenges are also proposed, supported by empirical research, best practice, and the law.

These challenges include:

  • The teams’ mandate (behavioral problems generally versus violence risk specifically, violence to employees versus violence by employees, etc.)
  • Who “owns” the team (human resources, health, and safety, security, etc.); and
  • Who should serve on the team (general counsel, mental health professionals, union representatives, etc.).

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 the structure and process of threat assessment teams

Describe three major challenges faced by threat assessment teams

Describe possible solutions to these challenges supported by research, practice, and the law


Presented By

Kelly A. Watt, PhD

Dr. Kelly A. Watt obtained her BA in psychology at Simon Fraser and her MA and Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She worked as a Psychology Fellow at Vancouver Coastal Health between 2008 and 2010. She currently works as Threat Assessment Specialist at Protect ...

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Program Partner

Protect International Risk and Safety Services

We are proud to partner with Protect International Risk and Safety Services for this training. Protect International's threat assessment professionals are internationally recognized experts that have developed some of the world's most widely used and best-validated threat assessment tools. Protect International provides services and products related to violence risk assessment and management, also known as threat assessment and management. Protect International services and products include threat assessment training and support, case assessment and management, legal consultation, policy review and development, and program evaluation and research; along with threat assessment manuals, worksheets, licenses, and software applications for those tools.

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