This webinar on Violent Thoughts is presented by Dr. Kelly Watt. This webinar will provide an in-depth discussion of violent thoughts, including an interest in or preoccupation with violence and a desire or willingness to use violence. Violent thoughts are often overlooked and minimized by professionals despite the fact that they are a primary warning sign for violence risk according to research, practice, and the law and consistent with guidelines for triaging and assessing risk for violence.
Although violent thoughts are a normal human experience, when they are recent and serious it is critical to evaluate these thoughts as a means of preventing possible escalation to actual, attempted or threatened violence. The THREATS acronym (Threats of Harm that are Realistic, Explicit, Acute, Targeted and Studied) will be reviewed as a useful structure that all professionals can put into practice when considering the significance of violent thoughts.
– Violent Thought (Discussion includes an interest in or preoccupation with violence);
– Violence Risk (According to research, practice and the law); and
– THREATS (Threats of Harm that are Realistic, Explicit, Acute, Targeted and Studied)
The fee for this training program is $100 and participants should expect to commit approximately 1 CE hour to completing this training program. At the end of the training program there will be a quiz that must be passed with a 70%. Once the course is completed participants will complete a course evaluation and then will be able to print their certificate of completion.
This webinar is intended for professionals who want to enhance their understanding of clinical issues in threat assessment and risk management, including those working in criminal justice, security, health care, social service, education, and human resources settings. This webinar is for beginner, intermediate, and advanced level clinicians.
Upon completion of this webinar, participants should be able to:
– Describe one of the primary warning signs for violence risk
– Describe the nature of violent thoughts
– Describe the implications of violent thoughts
– Describe structure for evaluating violent thoughts
About Dr. Kelly Watt
Dr. Kelly A. Watt obtained her BA in psychology at Simon Fraser and her MA and PhD 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 International and a Workplace Consultant at Competence Center Bergen. She is a member of the Mental Health, Law, and Policy Institute at Simon Fraser University.
Her expertise is in the field of clinical-community-forensic psychology, with a special focus on violence risk assessment and management, victim safety planning, coordinated community responses, and threat assessment teams. She has co-authored more than 75 articles, chapters, reports, and presentations and is the co-author of manuals for risk assessment and safety planning, including the Risk for Sexual Violence Protocol (RSVP), and the Aid to Safety Assessment and Planning (ASAP).
She is currently the editor of Intelligence, the newsletter of the Canadian, American, European, and Asia Pacific associations of threat assessment professionals. She also currently serves as chair of special interest groups for the Canadian Association of Threat Assessment Professionals. She has provided over 120 invited presentations and workshops for mental health, law enforcement, corrections, security, victim services, social services, human resources, occupational health and safety, and legal professionals in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.
Continuing Education Credit
This Distance Learning Live Webinar is an online Training Program. To earn CE’s, you will have to complete the webinar quiz and evaluation for this Distance Learning Live Webinar. No partial credit is available. For this webinar, you will need to pass the webinar quiz with 70% correct and complete a webinar evaluation form to earn the certificate. You can take the test as many times as necessary to pass. Participants will earn 1 CE hour for completion once they have completed these requirements. Each participant will be able to print their CE certificate immediately after completing and passing the post-test and evaluation.
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