This live training on Threat Assessment and Mass Casualty or Extreme Event Consultation: Operational Support Activities in Police and Public Safety Psychology is presented by Kris Mohandie, PhD, ABPP and John Nicoletti, PhD, ABPP.
Psychologists providing support for law enforcement and other public safety operations is an exciting, challenging and demanding domain of police and public safety psychology. Following a general overview of the multiple activities in this domain, the presenters will provide attendees with deeper exposure to two operational support activities: Dr. Mohandie will focus on threat assessment and threat management, and the varied contexts that it occurs, including the role of the psychologist in threat assessment (e.g., workplace and school threats, terrorist and stalking assessment); threat sources, and fact patterns; principles of threat assessment; methods and processes to identify, assess, and manage risk; scholarly and scientific research relevant to threat assessment across several contexts, and clinical judgment versus actuarial versus structured professional judgement. Dr. Nicoletti will provide core knowledge for psychologists to either oversee, coordinate or assist in the recovery efforts of a mass casualty event. While providing an overview of the psychological footprint of either a mass casualty or extreme event incident, the foci will be delineating the different impacts from dealing with a natural disaster casualty event versus a human generated event, the identification of the impacted individuals to include the first and second responders, the trauma contamination process as well as the accompanying trauma symptoms, and the psychologists’ roles from consultation to psychological Incident Command.
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The intended audience for this workshop includes all mental health and allied professionals, including psychologists, social workers, counselors, and marriage and family therapists interested in police and public safety. This workshop is appropriate for beginner, intermediate, and advanced clinicians.
This course will provide a deeper overview into two operational support activities: threat assessment and threat management, and the varied contexts that it occurs, including:
- The role of the psychologist in threat assessment (e.g., workplace and school threats, terrorist and stalking assessment)
- Threat sources, and fact patterns
- Principles of threat assessment
- Methods and processes to identify, assess, and manage risk
- Scholarly and scientific research relevant to threat assessment across several contexts, and clinical judgment versus actuarial versus structured professional judgement
This course will also provide core knowledge for psychologists to either oversee, coordinate or assist in the recovery efforts of a mass casualty event. The focus will be:
- Delineating the different impacts from dealing with a natural disaster casualty event versus a human generated event
- The identification of the impacted individuals to include the first and second responders
- The trauma contamination process as well as the accompanying trauma symptoms
- The psychologists’ roles from consultation to psychological Incident Command
About the Presenters
Dr. Nicoletti is a Board-Certified Specialist in Police and Public Safety Psychology. In addition to Police Psychology, he specializes in identifying, assessing and defusing attack related behaviors, workplace violence prevention, and trauma recovery. He works with numerous agencies on developing protocols and threat management for insider threats of violence. He was on scene at the April 20, 1999 Columbine school shooting and has been on scene or consulted on 10 other Mass Casualty events. Most recently, Dr. Nicoletti coordinated the trauma response and recovery efforts for the May 2019 STEM school shooting in Colorado. He also was part of a team to development mental health intervention programs for miners in the outback of Australia. Dr. Nicoletti has written three books in the areas of violence. Dr. Nicoletti was invited to be a trainer for the Department of Energy National Insider Threat Task Force and has also consulted on the Human Reliability program for Security Clearances. Most recently, Dr. Nicoletti provided Insider Threat Assessment training at a joint security site between the US and Australia in Alice Springs Australia. In June of 2019 Dr. Nicoletti was invited to present his threat assessment and threat management model at an international conference in Venice Italy sponsored by NATO, Harvard and the Department of Homeland Security. The focus of that conference was on Countering Violent Extremism
Dr. Kris Mohandie is a clinical, police, and forensic psychologist with over thirty years of experience in the assessment and management of violent behavior. He is licensed as a psychologist in several states including California, Alaska, New York, Nevada, and Utah. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) in Police and Public Safety Psychology.
He has consulted in field responses and case investigations for local, state, and federal law enforcement organizations including LAPD’s Threat Management Unit, SWAT/Crisis Negotiation Team, and the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Program. He responded on-scene to the O.J. Simpson barricade and the North Hollywood Bank Robbery Shootout. Dr. Mohandie has consulted to, and testified in numerous extreme violence and homicide cases, including single, mass, and serial homicide cases. Dr. Mohandie, along with several others, has participated in two scientific studies of mass murder, including those perpetrated by adults and adolescents. He has several coauthored chapters which appear in the 2014 book, International Handbook of Threat Assessment.
Dr. Mohandie has conducted extensive trial pending and prison interviews of violent offenders, including a number of stalkers, hostage takers, workplace and school violence perpetrators, serial, and multiple murderers.
Dr. Mohandie’s work has been featured in the New York Times, USA Today, and LA Times, and he has appeared in the news programs of CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC, BBC, and Fox, as well as programs on Investigative Discovery, A&E, History, and the Discovery Channel. He was the host and a producer on the Investigative Discovery show, Most Evil, and the 2018 series Breaking Homicide. His true crime book, Evil Thoughts: Wicked Deeds was released November 5, 2019.
He regularly consults on matters of risk and threat management to the private and public sector, including the entertainment industry.
The workshop begins promptly at 8:30am Pacific and will run until 4:30pm Pacific. We will be breaking for lunch from Noon – 1:00pm Pacific. In addition, we will take two, 15-min breaks at approximately 10:15am and 2:45pm Pacific.
Light refreshments will be provided for morning and afternoon breaks. Lunch is on your own. There are several places to eat within walking distance of the workshop location. If you’d like to bring your lunch, you are welcome to use our fridge and microwave.
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Continuing Education Credit
This is a Live In-Person Training Program. To earn CE’s, you will be required to complete the evaluation for this workshop. No partial credit is available. Participants will earn 7 CE hours for this workshop upon full attendance and completion of the workshop evaluation. Certificates will be sent electronically as PDFs available for download and printing.
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