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CATAP Webinar Series Special Edition

November 30th Expert Sessions

in Recognition of Family Violence Prevention Month


In recognition of Family Violence Prevention Month, the Canadian Association of Threat Assesssment Professional is hosting sessions throughout the day on different topics relation to family violence.  This is a free webinar and your  registration will allow you to watch as many sessions as you wish.

Please go to EVENTS for more information on the sessions as well as the instructions to register.

Whither Terrorism in the 2020s

Date: October 27, 2020

On-Line and On-Demand Webinar

Key Points:


Terrorism trends are hard to predict.
There has NOT been a real shift in the current threat.
Security intelligence and law enforcement agencies have to watch more with current strength levels, if not less.
The public needs to see that terrorism remains a rare threat.


This webinar brings together contemporary knowledge about terrorism that is important to public safety professionals working in various capacities.

More and more, the intelligence community is seeking multiple inputs from Threat Assessment and Threat Management professionals to better gauge responses to terrorism. Mr. Gurski argues that in order to measure it you have to know what it is, where it has been recently, and where it is now.

Presenter:  Phil Gurski

Phil Gurski is the President and CEO of Borealis Threat and Risk Consulting Ltd. and Programme Director for the Security, Economics and Technology (SET) hub at the University of Ottawa’s Professional Development Institute (PDI). He worked as a senior strategic analyst at CSIS specializing in violent Islamist-inspired homegrown terrorism and radicalisation, and was employed as a senior multilingual analyst at Communications Security Establishment (CSE – Canada’s signals intelligence agency), specialising in the Middle East. He also served as senior special advisor in the National Security Directorate at Public Safety Canada, focusing on community outreach and training on radicalisation to violence, and as consultant for the Ontario Provincial Police’s Anti-Terrorism Section (PATS). Mr. Gurski regularly blogs, podcasts (An Intelligent Look at Terrorism – available on his Web site), and tweets (@borealissaves) on terrorism, and is author of  four essential books on the subject, most recently An end to the ‘war on terrorism ’ and When religion kills: how extremists justify violence through faith (Lynne Rienner, 2019).






The Potential Impacts of Pandemic Policing on Police Legitimacy:

Planning Past the Covid-19 Crisis


Date: October 6, 2020

Time:   PDT: 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

MDT: 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

CDT: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

EDT: 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

ADT: 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

NLF: 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM


On-Line and On-Demand Webinar


Key Points:

  • Legitimacy is the biggest issue facing policing today.
  • Covid-19 got the discussion going and recent events have taken the toll on police legitimacy.
  • How we can address these issues and build/re-build community relationships.


One of the biggest challenges facing modern policing in recent years has been the lack of police legitimacy. The tipping point of this phenomenon is often attributed to the Rodney King incident in Los Angeles in 1991 where LAPD officers were videoed assaulting a lone black male and eventually were all acquitted thereby etching deep distrust between communities and police. This, coupled with what is referred to as the militarization of policing, having lasting consequences and impact on police community relations and how interactions between police and community shape society today. In the wake of pandemic policing due to Covid-19 there are tales of two eventualities for police legitimacy that will be explored; 1) The police response to the pandemic results in further militarization and draw deeper divides between police and communities 2) Police response is compassionate and with procedurally just operations resulting in the rebuilding of police legitimacy post-pandemic.


Insp. Daniel Jones

Edmonton Police Service



Live:  Member: $39.00

On Demand - Member: $37.50

Live - Non-member: $59.00

On Demand - Non-member $57.50

Webinar Series: Bridging the Gap Between Workplace Security and HR/LR

August 25th, 2020

10:00am - 11:30am PDT

Online Webinar

 Key Points:

Hiring and welcoming new employees - How Not to Hire a Psychopath

Setting workplace expectations, coaching, managing and rewarding performance - The engagement-threat connection

•Employee relations - Building connections and trust – the best defense to threats

Ending work relationships and creating alumni relationships

How we say goodbye matters as much as how we say hello

Multidisciplinary threat assessment teams create the opportunity to push prevention forward in our organizations. With security-informed HR/LR practices and HR-informed security practices, we can learn from each other to make our workplaces safer and prevent workplace violence.

Building bridges between security and HR/LR can transform our people practices into powerful tools to prevent and mitigate workplace threats. This interactive presentation will focus on ways to strengthen the relationship between security and HR/LR as we navigate old and new challenges together in a changing workplace.

Applying hard data to soft skills, this interactive presentation will demonstrate ways to foster workplace practices that increase engagement and reduce threats in our changing work environment. You’ll come away with practical tips you can use today.

Presenter:  Melissa Muir

This webinar will be available Live on August 25th or On-Demand viewing approximately 2 days after the live event. For those who choose Live, you will have access to the On-Demand as well. For those who decide On-demand only, instructions will be sent to you once the video has been uploaded to Vimeo.


Live - Member:  $39.00

On-Demand - Member:  $35.00

Live - Non-member:  $59.00

On-Demand - Non-member $55.00

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Webinar Series: Behavioural Threat Assessment & Management - Essential Elements for Effective Practice


July 28th, 2020

10:00am - 12:00pm PDT

Online Webinar

Professionals from a wide range of organizations (e.g. schools, campuses, healthcare
systems, corporate settings, etc.) are increasingly dealing with situations involving
persons who engage in threatening, aberrant, or concerning behaviours. Such persons can
include current or former students, patients, customers, or employees; those in current or
former relationships with them; contractors or vendors; & other persons not affiliated with
the organization. Their behaviours may range from tactics of bullying & intimidation, to
stalking & harassment, to acts of violence that devastate a school, campus, workplace,
family, or community. Incidents from around the world have underscored the ongoing
need for collaborative & integrated strategies to prevent violence where possible, & to
mitigate risk of harm where necessary.

Many organizations are implementing Threat Assessment & Management processes to
enhance their response to complex situations. Over the past 30 years, there have been
major developments in the science & practice of the prevention of targeted violence, & in
the effective use of multidisciplinary processes to identify, assess & manage cases. This
session will outline the essential elements of effective threat management processes,
discuss strategies for implementation & enhancement of those elements in accordance
with research & contemporary standards of practice.


Dr. Gene Deisinger


Cost: Free (space is limited)


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Webinar Series: The Role of Perceived Personal Control in Assessing Risk


May 28th, 2020

11am - 12pm MDT

Online Webinar

Every organization, regardless of the individual sector or jurisdiction, has a duty to accommodate employees in particular circumstances. Failure to do so can result in unnecessary litigation, diminished employee engagement, and the erosion of an organization’s reputation.

Difficulties arise when an employee behaves in a threatening or aggressive manner. Employers have a growing responsibility to assess and manage these potential risks.  This webinar will focus on examining the important psychological construct of Perceived Personal Control ( PPC), also known as Locus of Control.

Presenter: Mr. Glenn French
Canadian Initiative on Workplace Violence


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2020 Annual Workshop and Conference - UPDATE

A note to our CATAP Members and Friends as the challenges of this ever-evolving global
crisis continue to impact all of us at a very personal level. As threat assessment
professionals, we work tirelessly to keep our communities safe year-round by mitigating risk
through best practices in our respective fields. Thank you for all you do everyday.

The top priority for our CATAP community is health and safety. That is why, in light of
growing concerns surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic, we have made the difficult
decision to cancel this year’s national workshop and conference. We realize this event is
a highlight of the work year for many, including ourselves, as a time to re-engage and
reconnect with colleagues and friends, but also know that you have entrusted us as your
Board to make these decisions for the wellbeing of our membership.

Furthermore, although October may be well past the worst of current health concerns,
indications are that repercussions for our economy and travel will be long-lasting. The
Board will be required to sign a contract with Fairmont in the near future. As this contract
will commit us to over sixty thousand dollars ($60,000), the Board believes this is too large a
risk for us to take on.

For environmental considerations, we have also chosen to make JTAM accessible only
electronically unless otherwise specifically requested. If you would like to receive hard
copies, please contact Geoff at

We value your continued support and encourage you to renew your annual membership
for 2020/2021 now. To support continuing learning opportunities and maintain contact
within our community remotely, we will be offering monthly webinars and other
opportunities to support you as best we can to uphold our goal of sharing knowledge and
expertise in these unprecedented circumstances. Please note, if you renew your
membership by April 15th, you will be given a complimentary access code for the next
upcoming webinar (TBA).

As we work together within this new landscape, we will endeavour to keep you informed
and our web site ( fully updated. For any other questions you may have,
please don’t hesitate to contact me directly.
During this difficult time, please take good care of yourself for yourself. Only then can we
take care of each other.

Stay safe and be well,

Darren Balsom, President, on behalf of the CATAP Board of Directors


Please Click Here to view the update from CATAP President Darren Balsom.

2020 Annual Workshop and Conference - Call For Presenters

We are pleased to announce the 2020 CATAP Workshop (October 17th & 18th) and Conference (October 19th to 21st) at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler Resort in Whistler, British Columbia.

We invite proposals for Talks, Forums, and Posters addressing topics in all areas of threat assessment and management, including assessment or management of any form of violence (e.g., general violence, domestic violence, stalking, workplace and school violence, sexual violence, and terrorism) and legal, policy, or ethical issues.

The Presentation Selection Committee will evaluate all proposals using objective criteria. All proposals must utilize the CATAP 2020 Annual Conference Submission Form (attached).


Click Here to Download the Annual Conference Submission Form.

Webinar Series: What role does PTSD play for Threat Assessment Professionals?


February 12th, 2020

11am - 2pm MST

Online Webinar

Media portrayals, as well as popular discourse, often present a dramatic focus on PTSD as a driver for planned or completed acts of violence. While commonly held, these attitudes distort the facts, drive stigma and ‘muddy’ the predictive waters. Working with individuals with PTSD may create stress on the individual, teams and our organization. The seminar will conclude with a discussion of the role, if any, of our individual history and situation, as well as cumulative stress from our work. Focus will be focus on resilience and social support. This presentation will un-muddy the waters and accurately describe the role PTSD plays in threat assessment and threat management.


Presenter: Paul Gronnerud, MA, R. Psych.

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October 13 to 17

2018 Annual CATAP workshop & conference

We are pleased to announce the 2018 CATAP Workshop (October 13th – 14th) and Conference (October 15th – 17th) at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler, BC.

Click here to view the workshop and conference program and sign up now!catap brochure

2019 Annual Workshop and Conference

Conference Schedule Finalized!

Reserve your place at the conference and take advantage of Early Bird pricing, Sign Up Now!


We are pleased to announce the 2019 CATAP Workshop (November 13th-14th) and Conference (November 15th-17th) at Queen's Landing Hotel in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Reserve your room at the discounted rate here ($179/night + taxes/fees).

The conference schedule has now been finalized, click below to access the document.

The Presentation Selection Committee have evaluated all proposals using objective criteria (see attached proposal form).

Click Here to Download the Full Conference Schedule.


Expert Sessions in Recognition of Family Violence Prevention Month
Whither Terrorism in the 2020s
The Potential Impacts of Pandemic Policing on Police Legitimacy: Planning Past the Covid-19 Crisis
Webinar Series: Bridging the Gap Between Workplace Security and HR/LR
Behavioural Threat Assessment & Management - Essential Elements for Effective Practice
Webinar Series: The Role of Perceived Personal Control in Assessing Risk
2020 Annual Workshop and Conference - Call For Presenters
Webinar Series: What role does PTSD play for Threat Assessment Professionals?
2018 Annual CATAP Workshop & Conference
2019 Annual Workshop and Conference

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