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CATAP Spring Practitioners' Webinar Series

Our first webinar series of 2024! April 16 and 17
16 April

Please join us for our first webinar event of 2024!  REGISTRATION IS LIVE!!

This event features 3 outstanding webinars over two days:

April 16, 2024

9:00 - 11:00 AM PDT

Utilizing SPJ Guidelines for the Prevention of Self-Directed Violence: A case study using a multidisciplinary approach in an Indigenous context

Presented by: Dr. Brianne Layden of Protect International, Summer Big Smoke, BSW, RSW, of the Tsuut’ina Police Service, and Det. Mark Schwartz of the Calgary Police Service

Discover the intricacies of a significant case involving Self Directed Violence (SDV). This presentation offers an in-depth examination of the event, utilizing the structured professional judgment tool "Guidelines for Preventing SDV." Explore the details of this incident on Tsuut’ina Nation, unraveling the implemented risk mitigation and management strategies. Gain insights into the Tsuut’ina Nation Youth Services program and its impact on indigenous policing services.

Dr. Brianne Layden obtained BA, MA, and PhD degrees in psychology at Simon Fraser University. She is a clinical and forensic psychologist specializing in the assessment and management of risk for violence toward the self and others. She works as a Threat Assessment Specialist at Protect International Risk and Safety Services Inc., is a contract psychologist with Forensic Psychiatric Services Commission of British Columbia, is an Adjunct Professor of Psychology at Simon Fraser University, and is the associate editor of Intelligence, an e-newsletter that keeps professionals up to date about recent advances in threat assessment around the globe. She also serves as a Member-at-Large for the International Association of Forensic Mental Health Services. Her expertise involves the assessment and management of self-directed violence and personality disorders, particularly borderline personality disorder, and intersecting risks (e.g., general and self-directed violence). She has provided training workshops and invited presentations for forensic mental health, law enforcement, corrections, security, victim services and higher education, and has co-authored over 50 articles and conference presentations. She is currently in the process of developing structured professional judgment tools for the assessment and management of self-directed violence.

Summer Big Smoke is a proud member of the Siksikaitsitapi (Blackfoot Confederacy) and is member of the Piikani Nation. Summer received her Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Calgary in 2018 , since them she has worked in non-profit agencies with a focus on substance abuse, domestic violence, homelessness, as well as a social worker with Alberta Health Services. Summer has worked for the Tsuut’ina Nation Police Service for the past 3.5 years in her role as a Youth Outreach Worker in the Youth Services Section. Summer inspires to empower Tsuut’ina youth in recognizing their own strength and resiliency.  Summer is passionate in her work, hoping to help the youth make and exceed their personal goals, grow up in a good way, and become the next Tsuut’ina leaders.

Mark Schwartz is a Detective with the Behavioral Analysis Team at the Calgary Police Service, with over two decades of experience in various policing roles. His expertise spans Covert Intelligence, Vice (child sexual exploitation and human trafficking), Academic Police Instruction, Gang Enforcement, and Undercover investigations. Currently, he is working towards Certification in the RCMP Threat Evaluation and Management Program, showcasing his commitment to professional advancement in the field.

April 17, 2024

8:30 - 10:00 AM PDT

Behavioral Threat Assessment and Management in K-12 Schools

Presented by Dewey P. Cornell, Ph.D.

This fast-paced presentation will cover the challenges of BTAM with students using the Comprehensive School Threat Assessment Guidelines (CSTAG). We will cover the 5-step decision tree, initial interview questions, how to distinguish transient from substantive threats, and recent research on 23,000 cases demonstrating safety, efficiency, and fairness across student groups.   

Dr. Dewey Cornell is a forensic clinical psychologist who holds the Virgil Ward Chair as Professor of Education at the University of Virginia. He is the developer of the Comprehensive School Threat Assessment Guidelines, an evidence-based BTAM model widely used in the US and Canada. He has authored more than 300 publications in psychology and education, including studies of bullying, juvenile homicide, school safety, and threat assessment. He discloses that he has a financial interest in CSTAG training.

10:15 - 11:45 AM PDT

Assessment of Female Sexual Offenders

Presented by Kostas A. Katsavdakis, Ph.D., ABPP

While the evaluation of sexual offenders has evolved significantly over the course of the last thirty years, the disproportionate attention has been on male contact offenders and recently child pornography offenders.  In this brief presentation, we will discuss the assessment process when assessing female sexual offenders charged with and/or convicted for a sexual crime.  This will include an overview of different typologies, relevant risk assessment processes, gender differences as well as possible cognitive biases that impact the overall process of evaluating female sexual offenders.  Learning objectives include: a review of the various typologies in the assessment of female sexual offenders, and identifying how relevant biases and diversity factors that may impact the assessment of risk for female sexual offenders.

Kostas A. Katsavdakis, Ph.D., ABPP is board-certified in forensic psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology, is an Associate Professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and is in independent practice in New York.  He has evaluated defendants charged with violent sexual and violent non-sexual offenses. Dr. Katsavdakis also conducts threat assessments for the United States Attorney’s Office Work Trauma Services.   In addition to his forensic work, he also treats adults and juveniles.


Member Price: $30 (must log in to access) 

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Non-Member Price: $60 

We look forward to seeing you online!

Registered attendees will recieve a google meet link approximately 3 days prior to the start of the event to the email they registered with.

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