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Webinar Series: Contemporary Approaches to Threat Assessment - Comparison and Evaluation


July 28th, 2020

09:30am - 12:00pm PST

Online Webinar


This webinar is a gentle introduction to professionals who are new to the field or interested in exploring it, as
well as a refresher for current threat assessment professionals.

Dr. Hart will define threat assessment, highlighting the distinction between initial (triage, screening) versus
comprehensive (full, complete) assessments. He will identify four contemporary approaches to
comprehensive threat assessment – anamnestic, behavioral, structured professional judgment, and
actuarial – and compare their nature, origin, guiding theory, and procedures. He will then
evaluate the approaches with respect to their intended uses, degree of structure, scientific
support, and legal acceptability. A case study will be used to illustrate key points.


Stephen D. Hart, PhD


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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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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).

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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

2018 Halifax Regional Event



MAY 31, 2018 (8AM - 5PM)

Location: St. Mary’s University

Loyola Conference Room (see map)

Rate: $50.00 *

**Lunch Provided**

**If you have dietary restrictions please email:



This one-day training is split into two halves, the morning session led by Dr. Laura Guy, and the afternoon with SSA Molly Amman.



Professionals in various fields, such as police, mental health, education, and security, must conduct threat assessments as part of their job or as a matter of law. In this workshop, an overview of key conceptual and historical issues in the field of threat assessment will be reviewed, and basic principles and procedural issues in threat assessment and management will be discussed in more depth. Attendees will learn about issues related to conducting interviews, obtaining and reviewing collateral sources of information, using analytic or risk assessment tools, communicating about risk for targeted violence, and managing individuals who are believed to pose a violence risk.



During the afternoon session, SSA Amman will present the audience with a recent case study, featuring investigative actions from initial report through execution of a cohesive threat management strategy. Audience members will be able to hear the case from a joint law enforcement--threat management perspective and apply lessons learned to their own case work and experiences.


About the Presenters:

Dr. Laura Guy

Dr. Laura Guy has worked primarily as a threat assessment professional and forensic clinical psychologist. Her areas of clinical and research expertise focus on assessment and management of violence risk in youth and adults. She is active in consulting, teaching, and training, having worked with mental health, law enforcement, corrections, and legal professionals in North America, Europe, and the Asia Pacific region.

Laura obtained her PhD in psychology at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia and completed a two-year post-doctoral fellowship in forensic psychology with a combined clinical-forensic and research focus at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She has Board Certification in Forensic Psychology from the American Board of Professional Psychology and is licensed to practice psychology in jurisdictions in Canada and the United States. She currently serves as Editor of Journal of Threat Assessment and Management and, is the Vice President of CATAP.


SSA Molly Amman

Supervisory Special Agent (SSA) Molly Amman manages two FBI offices in Iowa, the United States, with oversight over a constant stream of threat assessment and management matters. Prior to this assignment, SSA Amman served in the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit from 2010 until 2018, focusing largely on threats of violence posed by individuals and groups, threats related to school and workplace attacks, protracted crisis operations, and stalking and communicated threats. SSA Amman served as the BAU’s program manager for threat assessment from 2012 until transitioning to domestic terrorism matters in 2016. SSA Amman has completed several overseas assignments with the FBI, and also serves as an internal legal advisor for the Bureau. SSA Amman is a member of the Canadian Association of Threat Assessment Professionals.


* Become a member of CATAP ($100 annually) and package this conference and all the other benefits of being a CATAP member for $150 - there is little reason not to join now!



Webinar Series: Contemporary Approaches to Threat Assessment - Comparison and Evaluation
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?
2019 Annual Workshop and Conference
2018 Annual CATAP Workshop & Conference
2018 Halifax Regional Event

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