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CATAP Core Competencies for the Practice of Threat Assessment and Management

**numbers in the left column correspond to sections in the CATAP Guidelines of Practice

Planning, Organizing and Coordinating – involves proactively planning, establishing priorities and managing threats and risks of violence. 

4.1

Understanding of subject/victim/witness interviews

3.3

Understand chain/continuity of evidence

3.6

4.1

Ability to conduct a background investigation and identify relevant sources of information

4.1

Ability to manage workflow in a dynamic environment

4.1

Ability to identify relevant sources of information including closed and open sources, collateral sources

4.5

Report writing and documentation

 

Analytical Thinking – includes organizing information in a systematic way and identifying causal relationships to break down complex situations, understand the case and identify root causes.

Conceptual Thinking – includes the ability to identify patterns or connections between situations that are not obviously related, and to identify key or underlying causes of human behaviour in developing situations.

4.3

Use of the standard tools and concepts and their application to the appropriate domain of violence

3.6

Identifying key factors in sometimes complex cases and associating case information to analyze the potential threat or risk

4.1

Evaluate and weigh the relevance and credibility/veracity of information

 3.2

 4.3

Remain current with emerging threat assessment knowledge and practice relevant to their areas of professional practice.

4.1

Rely on multiple sources of collateral data, and when appropriate, an interview with the person of interest

 

Problem Solving and Judgement – ability to analyze problems systematically, organize information, identify key factors, identify underlying causes and generate solutions

3.1

Understand TAM goals and objectives

3.2

Understand TAM key practices and principles

3.2

Understand behaviours and motivators of violence

3.2

4.3

Understand the use of standard conceptual frameworks (e.g., PIV, JACA, H/H) and other tools (e.g., actuarials, SPJ guidelines) and their application to the appropriate domain of violence (youth, adult, domestic, stalking)

3.2

4.4

Understand risk enhancing and risk reducing factors including potential risk to victim or the mitigation plan

 

Integrity – refers to actions that are consistent with what one says are important. It is the ability to act with honesty and be consistent based on the particular moral, value or belief system.

3.3

Knowledge of the CATAP Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct

3.5

Objectivity

3.4

Respect for diversity

3.5

Honesty, openness, and transparency

3.4

4.2

Understanding the concept of privilege, confidentiality, and informed consent

4.3

4.2

Recognition of appropriate use and limitations of assessment technologies

3.3

Recognize the process for reporting violations

3.5

Avoid the use of false of fraudulent statements

4.1

4.2

 

Administer, adapt, score, interpret, or use assessment techniques, interviews, tests, or instruments in a manner and for the purposes that are appropriate considering the research on or evidence of the usefulness and proper application of the techniques.

 

Legal Issues – includes understanding the legal framework that threat assessors work within and that all threat assessment is forensic.

3.3

Comply with applicable privacy requirements and legislation

3.3

Understand other laws relevant to their practice

3.3

Understand information and privacy laws

3.3

Understand the Canadian Criminal Code and criminal justice system as it pertains to their assessments and management plans

3.3

Understanding the criteria for expert evidence

3.3

Understanding the obligations related to duty to warn legislation

 

Teamwork and Cooperation – ability to work co-operatively both within and outside of the organization.

Self-Awareness – demonstrates awareness, accurate assessment and control of one’s own emotional state, attitudes, belief system, image and strengths to maintain personal effectiveness and emotional stability even in the face of adversity, provocation stress and/or high workload.

3.2

4.4

Being aware of the extent and parameters of their competence and their professional scope of practice and limit their practice accordingly

3.2

4.4

When a client’s needs fall outside the CATAP member’s area of competence, the member should inform the client and offer to refer them to another professional who can assist.

4.4

Ability to work both independently and as a member of a team

4.5

Information sharing and communication with relevant stakeholders

4.4

Relationship building

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